I’m not going to lie, for the most part the Winter Olympics make me fall asleep faster than taking extra-strength cough syrup. Combine that with the fact that NBC has been tape-delaying the most interesting events – even after all of the results show up online in the afternoon – and it looked like the 2010 Games were going to come and go without me even noticing.
Then a funny thing happened…
A recent surge has catapulted the U.S. to the top of the medal standings. Not only does the U.S. have the most medals overall, we have the most golds, too. Skiers like Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller have watched the flag raise from the top of the podium. Evan Lysacek brought home the first American gold in men’s figure skating in 22 years. Shaun White not only delivered gold, but pulled off the Double McTwist. (Doesn’t the Double McTwist sound like a delicious fast food sandwich? I’m picturing something with hamburger patties, fried shrimp and two different types of cheese. But I digress…)
What can I say? The winning has me hooked. I know this for a fact, because last night I sat glued to the TV watching the American men pull off an improbable upset over the Canadians on their home turf. I didn’t even change the channel during commercials!
So will the U.S. men bring home hockey gold? It’s hard to say. But one thing I do know: I’ll be watching. The United States has proven in Vancouver that even if they aren’t the favorites, there’s still a chance that they can bring home the gold. And that’s worth tuning in to see.