Thought to myself "I'm probably going to be half-asleep at noon tomorrow when the hockey coverage starts, I should pre-set the cable box so all I have to do is turn it on and lo, there will be hockey in my apartment". Then I remembered, the gold medal game is on all three Canadian Olympic networks and, I'm fairly certain, NBC, too. Basically, if I turn on the tv and the cable box and punch numbers on my remote tomorrow at noon, hockey will appear on my screen. And that's what living in Canada is all about.
Speaking of Canada and Olympics, CTV coverage has been basically entirely awesome. With the exception of shorting me the third 4-man bobsleigh heat today, I have had coverage of everything I wanted to watch, plus more I didn't have time to watch. And it's all available On Demand, too. I can go back and rewatch Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir being adorable and Hayley Wickenheiser becoming all-time women's hockey goals leader and Corey Perry's two-goal game, or I can pick up the rest of the women's bobsleigh or try out skeleton or luge, neither of which I watched the first time around. Seriously, I am now appalled at how completely crap NBC's Olympic coverage is. I hate that they charge people to watch full events online. I mean, what the hell is that? I can watch any event, as it happens or at any point after, on the CTV site. I hate that they only show you pre-chopped up sections of events, the Americans and maybe the top three other teams. Every single athlete here earned the right to represent their country in their sport and whether they medal or place last, they made it to the Olympics. And anyone, anywhere should be able to watch and be inspired by what they have managed to, the heights they've managed to climb. And maybe I'm a sap and it's all commercialized and caters to the rich and all the other criticisms that are flying around, but I think it's important that the world gets together every couple of years and says "look, we can go farther, faster, we can push harder and be stronger." I mean, if I learned anything in high school voice and speech it's that when you push yourself as hard as you possibly can and then you push just a little bit harder, everything else goes away and all that's left is who you are.
(And also then you can access your full breathing potential)
I love the Olympics.
(And Canada is totally gonna kick USA ass out on the ice starting tomorrow at noon)