Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Monday, February 15, 2010
My first and last Biathlon post
So I actually watched some of the Winter Olympics yesterday afternoon. I caught some of the biathlon.
(My spellcheck won’t accept “biathlon” nor should it.)
I love that the biathlon exists. Basically someone saw the opening of “The Spy Who Loved Me” and said “That should be an Olympic event!”
For those of you who don’t know what that event is (and why would you?) basically it is a cross country skiing race where you carry a rifle on your back. Then you stop, crouch like a sniper, and fire at some targets. If you miss a target you have to do a penalty lap.
I suppose this prevents various Swedes and Danish skiers from just firing wildly like Tony Montana.
I got hooked on it a for a while, which I guess is the charm of the Olympics.
Every time during the Olympics, I find myself thinking “I can’t believe I am watching this sport.”
I think this sport would get a little more year round popularity in America if they stopped to shoot at the ski jumpers.
And frankly that would help ski jumping’s popularity as well.
And for those of you who didn't get my Spy Who Loved Me reference... watch this clip and tell me how it differs from the biathlon.
(The Biathalon needs that disco version of the 007 theme!)