I don't really like sports that involve judging like figure skating or gymnastics. I always think that judges are crooked, and I like things to be as objective as they can. (Though I realize that even in sports like football and baseball there is a good deal of "judging" going on, and I still like those.)
For this reason, I did not expect to enjoy the snowboard half-pipe event yesterday. I don't really watch the X-Game stuff, and I always figured events like this were added to the Olympics basically to get Americans more medals (and to grab that "18-35 year-old males" demographic). And this is probably true.
That said, I am shocked at how much better Shaun White was than everyone else. Even someone completely unfamiliar with the sport (like me) could tell that he was clearly the class of the competition. He must have been getting an extra 5 feet of air over his next closest competitor on every jump, and his landings looked effortless. I didn't think I'd ever say this, but Shaun White is an amazing athlete.
(Snowboard Cross is also really cool, but I think that event is finished.)
The Olympics started a bit slow, but yesterday was highly entertaining all around.
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