Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

What Excellence at Sochi and Legacy Hall Symbolize

February 11, 2014

As I watched America’s Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson soar through the air on their snowboards,  Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko and 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitshaya flawlessly jump and land their quads and axels on skates, or America’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White impeccably execute graceful lifts and spins as they ice dance in the Sochi Olympics, I have to reflect on the incredible capability of the human brain and body to perform brilliantly.

The same thoughts surfaced as I sat in Legacy Hall at the River Center in Columbus, Georgia and was blown away by a young, skinny, tall, serious-faced Chinese music student at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music doing seemingly impossibly intricate and really fast things on a viola,  or marvel at the world-class performances by the school’s faculty members Alexander Kobrin, pianist; Sergiu Schwartz, violist, and Wendy Warner, Cellist playing Trios by Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn.

Yes, the human being is capable of thrilling performances in many areas.  But,  there is always this familiar question, why can’t we just get along with one another?  You’d think that if humans have the smarts and talent to do things like brilliantly play a piano and go to the moon, they would be able to solve differences without going to war, individually or collectively.

 

 

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NBC Needs to Look at The Big Picture in It’s Olympic Coverage

August 12, 2008

  Like a few billion other people, I’m enjoying the novelty of the Olympics, and, for the most part, I think NBC is doing a good job. However – yes, there is a “however” – I don’t understand why they don’t take a few minutes to update us on the big picture. Who is ahead in the medals and whether they are meeting expectations or not.  I have been able to find out who’s winning the most medals on Google, but the network could do a better job of putting the big picture into persepctive. They should have hired me as a consultant. Maybe you, too.

The Olympics Bring Me Back to Sports

August 11, 2008

   Usually, I don’t watch sports a lot. Occasionally I’ll catch a Braves game, and I watch some of the Georgia, Auburn, Tech and Alabama football games. But, I have been watching the Olympics a lot. And some of my friends who don’t watch sports hardly ever are watching the Olympics.

 

  “It’s so different from what is usually on TV,” said one. “And the opening ceremonies were just incredible.”

 

  Right on both counts.  And to think that those ceremonies were choreographed by an American. Well, he is now an American, but he was raised and learned to do his world class dancing in China. He became an American citizen and now lives in New York. That didn’t stop the Chinese government from asking to come back to his mother country to choreograph probably the biggest dance routine the world has ever seen or will ever see.

 

  Also, I find it fun to catch live coverage of sports you just never normally see on TV.  Skeet shooting was fun to watch. Maybe it was because I did it once – that’s right just once – at Fort Benning many years ago and I did manage to hit a few of the clay targets. But, just that one experience was enough to understand what it was all about.

 

  And there will be the one Olympic sport that Columbus hosted for the Atlanta Olympics, women’s fast pitch softball. But, it appears the sport is going to be dropped. Too bad, but Columbus will always be in the Olympic history books because of the fine work of former Mayor Frank Martin and former City Manager Carmen Cavezza’s efforts to make an Olympic sport a reality for Columbus.

 

  Well, gotta go now so I can catch the diving event. Just like skeet shooting. I dived off a high dive board once.  It was in the great spring fed, icy cold water pool at Roosevelt State Park. I’ll never forget it. I didn’t arch my back when I hit the water and hit my head on the drain grate on the bottom of the pool.  Maybe that’s why I keep forgetting where I put my glasses.