The winners and losers of the Pyeongchang Games

John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Olympics

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Here, in the final Olympics Buzz of these Games, we take a look at some of the winners and losers.


-- Tourism Bureau of Norway. You can see the pamphlet now: "Come visit the greatest Winter Olympic country in the world. We've got it all, especially if it can be done on snow. Inviting mountains, glaciers, deep coastal fjords, pet a reindeer. And while you're at it, visit the Lillehammer Olympic Resort and relive Tonya and Nancy."

-- Bars near curling rinks. The incredible gold success of the U.S. men's curling team is sure to revitalize the sport in this country, although can you revitalize something that's never been vital? Part of the fun of curling is hoisting a few brews with your friends and opponents in the nearby saloon. As curling grows, so will the beer consumption.

-- Drug scientists in Russia. No, not the current ones, but the ones hired to replace the current ones. There should be lots of openings for Russian scientists who can invent new ways to disguise your specimen samples. The current people need to go, especially after two positives with the country's "clean" athletes. They need fresh blood (non-tainted) in the scientist ranks to go back to the future.

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-- Adam Rippon. He couldn't do a quad, but he sure could be magnetic. Rippon was nothing short of brilliant in interviews around the time he helped the U.S. defend its bronze medal in team figure skating competition. He was so good that NBC invited him to be a special correspondent for the rest of the Games. But he turned the offer down to continue to be an Olympian in the Village.

-- Condom makers. These Games set a record for the number of free condoms distributed at a Winter Olympics -- 110,000 or 37.6 per athlete. (Warning: Never use the .6 ones.) It beat by 10,000 the number distributed at Vancouver and Sochi. Organizers don't expect them all to be used but some to be taken home as souvenirs. They probably won't need to be declared at customs.


-- "Today" show journalism. By all accounts, Hoda Kotb is the nicest person you will ever meet, and her on-air presence shows it. But if the "Today" show weren't on at 7 a.m., you could do a new drinking game every time Hoda says, "I (or we) love you," or hugs a U.S. Olympic athlete. If she's an entertainer, that's great. But journalists don't say that to people they are interviewing.


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