Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Japan and skating mania

So far in the winter Olympics we have had extended coverage of Ski Jumping, speed skating and curling. Japan's curling team even has a snazzy name: "Crystal Japan". Since it is a reasonably obscure sport, hours and hours of TV has been devoted to explaining the intricacies of the game so that we can appreciate it more as there is nothing else on TV when they are playing. An interesting thing I saw yesterday, was that even one hair on the ice can send the stone in a funny direction, so whilst we are all sitting at home thinking we could do curling too, if we had a pair of slidey shoes and a broom, there is in fact a lot more to it.

Today, many many people in Japan will be glued to their TV screens to watch the start of the women's figure skating.


In case the rest of the world didn't know it, Japan IS going to win a gold and silver medal this time. Well one would almost assume that was true from the media coverage so far of the two main medal hopes: Mao Asada and Miki Andou. I didn't realise until yesterday that Japan has a third skater,Akiko Suzuki in the Olympics but she has been almost ignored as she is not a medal prospect and is not a photogenic as the other two.


On Monday we had extensive coverage of the men's figure skating when Takahashi won a bronze - thankfully.  I wouldn't want to be a Japanese medal hope that came home without a medal!

I am not a big fan of the skating myself, but yesterday I saw a fantastic clip of Plushenko skating to Tom Jones' Sex Bomb. It made me laugh. Here it is:











4 comments:

  1. Did this get shown on Japanese tv?

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  2. No, I found it through MIJ.

    It's a great muscle suit he is wearing though! Great performance.

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