Today, the Sochi Olympics officially opens. (Watch the opening ceremony tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.) But with competition getting underway yesterday, perhaps your Olympics has already begun. Finish this sentence: MY Olympics begins when…
For me it’s when…. figure skating commentator Scott Hamilton admittedly gets a little too excited in the booth. It happened yesterday during the team figure skating event when Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu stole the men’s short program with a showstopper (watch it here) that had his fellow competitors standing and Hamilton referring to his triple lutz-triple toe combination as “sick,” before realizing his target demo may not know the meaning of that word and clarifying that it had been “awesome.”
Runner-up: Scoring controversy! I feel bad about it, but snowboard slopestyle favorite Mark McMorris having to compete in the semis — instead of making it straight through to the final, which he would’ve done had he received the score that he and NBC’s commentators believed he deserved — gets me excited.
— Mandi Bierly (@EWMandiBierly) February 7, 2014
My colleague Samantha Highfill also has two picks: It’s when… “the first (male) Olympian posts a shirtless pic and/or when I find the great story I want to partake in (such as the Jamaicans returning with a bobsled team).”