Friday, February 14, 2014

Some Pop Culture Thoughts on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


The Sochi Olympics have not been the most exciting or easiest Olympics to watch.  The time difference makes it difficult to see events live, and Americans have underperformed in events.

Since the Olympics are at the half way point,  here's some pop culture thoughts on Sochi so far:

1.  I Really Want One of Those Nike Silver Team USA Jackets

Sure the USA jackets make the athletes look like the silver Michelin man/an astronaut and are impractical for everyday wear; but there's something oddly cool about them.  Although, not $500 cool, which is how much they cost.

2. Why Does Figuring Skating Music Always Sound Like the Soundtrack to a Depressing and War Torn Foreign Film?

Look, I get that the music is supposed to compliment the artistry of the skating, but it also feels ominous.  I can't help think the next scene is going to be an evil organization or army busting in to commit some injustice on innocent people.

It doesn't help that the announcers are always bracing for disaster with each move.  NBC should just add the subtitles to complete the foreign film effect.

3. Russian Figure Skater Tatiana Volosozhar Kind of Looks Like the Russian Version of Angela From The Office

This one might just be me, and I could be completely wrong.  For some reason,  Voloszhar reminds me of Angela from The Office.  Maybe it's because they're both blonde, stern looking, and were on NBC.

4.  Techno is Still Cool in Russia

The opening ceremonies proved that techno music is still near and dear in Russia's heart.  To be fair, that's probably the case in Eastern Europe as well.   The 90s are alive and well.

5.  It's Not Really a Major Sporting Event Unless There's a Commercial Selling a Disgusting Fast Food Product

Move over Taco Bell,  Subway sees your Doritos Loco Taco and raises you a Fritos Chicken Enchilada Sub.  It's like the Sophie's Choice of diarrhea.

6. Skeleton Athletes are Crazy

Okay, this one has nothing to do with pop culture.   I just don't understand why any person in their right mind would want to do luge, but head first.

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