Olympic Moments 2014 – February 18th Update (Re-posted 2/23/14)

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February 20th Update Re-posted (2/23/14)

 The Crusty Conservative’s Ongoing Commentary re the 2014 Winter Olympics


 Current Comments:

Event Sponsorship – Moguls

After watching the mogul skiing and skateboarding at the Sochi Olympics –

Olymic Mogul Skiing

Olympic Mogul Skiing

I am convinced that these events should in the future be sponsored by the groups who profit the most from these sports. No not the snowboard and ski manufacturers, not the boot or uniform manufactures. No after watching the knee and hip action by the athletes competing in these events, I would suggest that they should be jointly sponsored by:

orthopedic assn

or the

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What other group stands to get more business as a result of mogul skiing & skateboarding than these two!

Have The Terrorists Won Again?

Despite all of the warnings and predictions, thankfully so far there have been no terrorism incidents at the Sochi Olympics. Let’s hope that all of the security continues to work and there is no terrorist activity at the games again this week. 

Empty seats in Sochi

Empty seats in Sochi

However, looking at the numerous empty spectator seats at many of the indoor events, it seems to me that perhaps the terrorists have, without lifting a hand, succeeded in achieving their objective of terrorizing the public and disrupting the games. I fear that all of the dire predictions and alarming news coverage about threatened “Black Widow Bombers”, mass suicide attacks, etc. has caused some potential tourists and spectators to avoid this year’s games and in particular stay away from some of the more crowded indoor events. The empty seats are definitely there, but we’ll never know exactly why prime, sold seats are unoccupied. However, if it is because some ticket holders fear for their safety at the more crowded events, then the terrorists have once again won. I hope that this is not the case but I think that the numerous empty seats indicate that the terrorists may have already left their mark in Sochi and won by fear and intimidation.

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/17/14

 Why My Wife Pat Is Not an Ice Dancer

While watching the Olympic pairs figure dancing competition with all of its lifts and throws, my wife Pat advised me that she would “never be able to do that”. Curious, I asked her why –

Age ? – “No, I couldn’t have done it when I was 16”

Weight ? – “No, at +/- 100 pounds, I am lighter than many of the contestants”

Height ? – “No I’m taller than a lot of them”

Fear of falling ? – “Not really”

Then What? – “I am ticklish! As soon as my partner touched me or tried to lift me I would start giggling and ruin the entire routine.”

Not For TheTickelish

Not For The Ticklish

I heard a lot of excuses in my lifetime but I can’t think of a better excuse than that for not being an ice dancer. 

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/17/14

Previously Posted Content:

Do You Drive or Ride a Luge?

I have always enjoyed watching Luge competition and marvel at the drivers daring. While watching the Men’s’ Single Luge event at this year’s Olympics, a question dawned onPreviews - Winter Olympics Day -1 me as to what you should properly call a participant in Luge racing. Are they Luge drivers or Luge riders?

Hard to tell! While Wikipedia says that Luge sleds “are steered with the calf of each leg and exerting opposite shoulder to the seat”, It appears to me that  the participants get the sled started and then hang on for dear life as they speed down the track at over 80 mph.  To me, it sure looks like they are riding the sled, but if they say they are driving it more power to them. Whether they are driving, riding or simply just going crazy is perhaps irrelevant. The most important thing is that you sure have to admire Luge people whatever they are called – driver and/or rider?

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/12/14


The Classy Side of Figure Skating –

Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton


Former US Figure Skating Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, while commenting on the Team Figure Skating finals at the current Winter Olympics, stated that Russia’sPlushenko was “The Greatest Skater In History”. While this was the ultimate compliment that Plushenko could receive, it was an especially meaningful and a very classy statement. This coming from a man who was once regarded as and (in some minds) could still lay  claim to the title he bestowed on Plushenko –  “The Greatest Skater in History”.

Speaking of Figure Skating and classy acts – does anyone remember when the announcers dressed in formal wear for their televised commentary on Olympic Figure Skating events. Below is former US Gold Medal figure skaters Dick Button and Peggy Fleming during an earlier vintage Olympic telecast.

Former US Gold Medalists Peggy Fleming  & Dick Button

Former US Gold Medalists
Peggy Fleming
& Dick Button

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/12/14

and The Not Too Classy Side of Figure Skating –

As reported by Chris Estrada on the NBC OlympicTalk blog – “One of the most infamous episodes in American sports history still resonates 20 years after it occurred. On January 6, 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by a hitman hired by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding while preparing for that year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

 The incident made headlines the world over, bringing an added dimension to Kerrigan’s comeback at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer (where Kerrigan won a Silver Medal) ….”

Tonya Harding  & Nancy Kerrigan

Tonya Harding
& Nancy Kerrigan

The entire incident was a “Not Too Classy” example of poor sportsmanship in a sport where the announcers at that time wore tuxedoes and ball gowns to the event.

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/12/14

Snoring Your Way to A Gold Medal –

cross country

With all due respect to cross-country skiers and fans of this sport,I have to try my best to stay awake during the competition. This week while watching some of the cross-country skiing events at the Sochi Olympics, I found myself either dosing off or eagerly awaiting the next commercial for some excitement. While this sport, I am sure, is exciting for the participants and requires great skill and physical effort, please forgive me if I say that “Cross Country Skiing is not quite ready for Prime Time”

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/11/14


“Don’t Do As I Do – Do As I Say” –

Russian Figure Skating Coach

Russian Figure Skating Coach

Russia is famous for its great, well coached figure skaters and so far that tradition continues into the 2014 Olympics. However, watching the Russian coaches after the early events  greeting and congratulating their skaters as they returned  from their performances , it is very obvious that the coaches do not lead by example. Can you imagine one of these coaches actually physically demonstrating how to do a “toe lift” , a “triple axel”, a “salchow” or a “death spiral”? I don’t think so.

Rather they obviously all coach by the old adage which obviously works – “Don’t Do As I Do – Do As I Say”

The Crusty Conservative – Posted 2/11/14


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I finally got to watch the Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies last night via TVO. I thought that it was spectacular and don’t remember ever seeing anything quite

like it.All weekend I heard the press reporting on the electronic snowflake that did not morph into the 5th Olympic ring during the ceremony. Get a life – that one electronic glitch did not in any way detract from a spectacular ceremony and pageant. It was like having the press complain about a burnt out street light in a night picture of New York City from outer space.

The Crust Conservative – Posted 2/10/2014


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  • LIKE A BAD CHRISTMAS GIFT – The US Olympic Committee and designer Ralph Lauren once again joined forces to design parade uniforms for the 2014 US Winter Olympic Team. Like the uniforms that Lauren designed for the 2012 Summer Games, that looked like a something that a socialite would wear to a 1920s lawn party, this year’s uniforms look like the proverbial Christmas gift sweater – so tasteless that its only use is as drawer lining

The Crust Conservative – Posted 2/10/2014

•	Irina Shayk escorts the Russian delegation the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
•Irina Shayk escorts the Russian delegation the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

• Irina Shayk escorts the Russian delegation the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

GRAND ENTRY-Russia’s finest was on display during the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, including one of its most famous faces ―

and figures.Supermodel Irina Shayk escorted the Russian delegation into Fisht Stadium, working the ramp like a runway, in her elaborate costume and headpiece. She tweeted about the experience afterwards: “So happy and proud to be a part of the opening ceremony#sochi2014#olympics❤”

The 28-year-old is usually clad in far less; she was the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and has done campaigns for Agua Bendita swimwear.

2011 sports Illustrated Cover

2011 sports Illustrated Cover






As pseudo-cousin Ian Fleming once wrote – 

“Fr0m Russia With Love” 



The Crust Conservative – Posted 2/10/2014


  • Why does NBC have sports anchor Bob Costas dressing in a suit and tie every night while hosting the winter olympics? The poor guy who is already uncomfortable, because he must wear his costasglasses vs. contacts because of an eye infection, looks not only uncomfortable but grossly out of place hosting this sporting event in a full suit and tie. He would look much more appropriate and more comfortable in ski sweater and slacks or anything more casual. NBC – please give the guy a break. He is not covering a dignitary’s funeral, a formal social event or a State of the Union speech. It is a casual sporting event. Loosen up and stop taking yourself and the event so seriously.

The Crusty Conservative  – Posted Sunday 2/9/2014




  • 2014 US  Olympic TeamThe US Olympic team in Sochi is comprised of 230 athletes and over 400 officials. Say What – two officials for every competitor? And they say the Olympics is all about the athletes! Come again, it like the old ethnic joke – How many (name you ethnic group) does it take to screw in a light bulb?

The Crusty Conservative  – Posted Sunday 2/9/2014

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