The Olympics are pressure packed, aren’t they? For viewers, I mean.
In today’s world, knowledge is power, and if you want to be competitive at cocktail parties and in the office cafeteria, you’ve got to be as focused as an athlete.
NBC is running 1,539 hours of programming across its broadcast and digital platforms, and an unprecedented 18 nights of primetime coverage. That’s more than 85 hours a day — a feat that would challenge even Hermione Granger and her Time-Turner. Heaven forbid you become dehydrated by watching others exert themselves and crawl to the kitchen for water. You might miss the defining moment of Sochi 2014. Sure, you could catch the replay — but then you might miss another Moment, and pitch yourself into a credit card debt-like spiral from which you could never recover.
There are athletes’ back stories to be moved by; the names of snowboarding and figure skating tricks to learn and forget; and scandals and Twitter feeds to follow. She who is ignorant of the fifth snowflake’s epic fail during the Opening Ceremonies, or who isn’t following @NordicCombined, will be a dull girl indeed.
I’m so fearful of falling behind that I signed up for every Olympic summary I was offered, and now my inbox is crammed with news of distant athletes who I’m supposed to care about, lest I seem like a philistine. Do you know that German luger Andi Langenhan is haunted by the fact that he lost the bronze by a half a second? I do.
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