2.7 Seconds

That’s all it took for the 7th-ranked Woman’s Downhill skier in the world to have her Olympics come to an end.

Does it make me a bad person when I admit I laughed at the video?

16 Responses to “2.7 Seconds”

  1. Skyler says:

    What a nightmare. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. One tiny slip and years of dedication are ended in disgrace.

    But we’ll be laughing for years to come.

  2. mojo says:

    What about the one who went slidin’ off into the trees, over a lip? They pulled her out later, I saw.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    I agree completely, Skyler.

    This is the first I’ve even watched any of these Olympics, mojo. I just have no interest in them at all for some reason this year.

  4. major dad says:

    Cue the music “and the agony of defeat”…

  5. Larry Sheldon says:

    The Olympics are a cruel joke.

    Within that framework this year’s travesty in Vancouver is a cruel joke.

    But to laugh at the misfortune of a youngster that bought into the charade is just cruel.

    And a clear signal that I had misidentified this blog and its author(s) as source of worthwhile thought.

  6. nightfly says:

    Is it wrong that I will be laughing for years to come at Larry Sheldon for wiping out five seconds into his comment?

  7. Gunslinger says:

    Aw that’s a shame Larry. I was going to nominate you for “Queen of the May”.

  8. Skyler says:

    I thought it worthwhile to laugh.

    Laughing is thoughtful.

    It’s worthwhile too.

    And identifying.

    Sourceful as well.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    Er, the ‘youngster’ is 20-freakin-seven. Would I have laughed had she wiped out halfway down the course? Nope, I would have cringed and fervently hoped she was ok.

    But this is embarrassing like hell for her…and at embarrassing things I laugh.

    And she has also secured her place in Olympic history, certainly more than a silver or bronze medal would have gotten her. Hell, I bet she could end up with some advertising deals from this if she plays her cards right.

  10. NJ Sue says:

    It’s a classic pratfall. It happened too early for her to be hurt. I’m sure she’s devastated and I’m sorry for that, but it’s only a competition where people strap boards on their feet and glide downhill, for cripes’ sake. Remember the Georgian luge guy who was killed. That’s a tragedy, not this.

  11. Skyler says:

    Actually, she was hurt. Maybe that’s why she fell.

  12. major dad says:

    “The Olympics are a cruel joke.” Someone explain that one.

  13. JeffS says:

    How about “The ‘modern’ Olympics are a cruel joke”, Major Dad? That makes more sense.

  14. don says:

    I watched the video just then and I tried to figure out why she went down out of the gates.

    Has to hurt being that she was in the hunt for the Gold.

  15. Mr. Bingley says:

    Well if her knee was going to go on her it’s better it happened there than when she would have been going 70+ mph farther down the course.

  16. Greg Newsom says:

    Sometimes the fickle finger of fate points at someone and says that it’s not your day.

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