There's a poll on AOL today, asking which viewers prefer this year: American Idol or the Olympics. American Idol is the winner by a landslide. Seems plenty of people think the Olymics lack luster this year.
I was thinking about my lack of enthusiasm for this year's competition, and wondering why it's different for me. Is it the star quality of the athletes? Few of them seem to shine as we were once used to. Scott Hamilton. Oksana Baiul. Elvis Stojko. Ty Babalonia. Pikaboo Street. Katarina Vitt. Todd Eldridge. Brian Boitano. Now those were stars.
Also, what did they show before all this snowboarding stuff, which is relatively new and geared toward a younger audience? Didn't we get to see more of the skating competition? That's what I've always watched winter Olympics for--the skating. Singles, pairs and dance. I guess some of it's on USA during the day, but I don't have a chance to see that. I'm guessing most people are working.
Where has the thrill gone?