I didn't watch the opening ceremonies -- I'm a sports fan, not a "ceremonies" fan. That's one of the reasons that the Olympics, as broadcast by NBC, is too often a disappointment. When they have the World Cup half way across the world, they air the games whenever they actually occur -- whether that's in prime time or the middle of the night. Not so much with the Olympics. That may be changing some this year with the numerous NBC-affiliated cable channels carrying all Olympics all the time -- and a lot in Hi-Def.
Some comments and observations:
When soon-to-be Duke freshman Becca Ward pulled herself together moments after a semifinal defeat left her in tears, she realized her American teammates, Mariel Zagunis and Sada Jacobson, would finish 1-2 in the women's individual sabre competition. A victory in the bronze medal match, Ward realized, would give the USA its first-ever sweep in a fencing event.
Before Saturday, "American Fencing Legends" might've been considered among the world's thinnest sports books, alongside "The Drop Kick Instructional Primer" and "Green Jackets and Pimiento Cheese: Behind the Scenes With The Masters Tournament Committee."
Then Ward's frantic comeback victory over Russia's Sofiya Velikaya set the stage for the all red, white and blue medal ceremony.
Of course, had Ward lost, it still would've been an "all red, white and blue medal ceremony." She defeated a Russian. The Russian flag is ... red, white and blue.