The Winter Olympics are only a couple months away now, and we don't have a thread yet!
Well, I posted once about concerns over whether there would be snow in Sochi. And bdog started a thread about the Olympics but it was all in Russian and I couldn't make sense of what he was saying about a bunch of bears.
So ... will you watch the games? What are you looking forward to?
For me it's the cross-country ski races. If you don't follow this sport, the first thing to understand is that the US has only ever won a single medal in any Olympics -- Bill Koch's silver medal in 1976.
The US team won't be finalized until January but there is so much potential there. The women's side is fantastic -- Kikkan Randall is accurately described as the best US women's cross-country skier ever. Last year she and teammate Jessie Diggins became the first Americans ever to win a world championship race in cross-country skiing. Either of them could potentially wind up on the podium at Sochi.
And there are other super-strong women likely to end up on the US team (Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, and others).
On the men's side, the US bench is a bit thinner. Andy Newell is the only man to make the US Ski Team's "A Team" -- the rest are all women. Newell is very good, for a US skier ... but "very good" here means "maybe the best US men's skier since Bill Koch". In most sports, there has been huge improvement since the 1970s. The US men's cross country ski community is struggling to get back to the level of the 1970s.
I don't mean to focus exclusively on US skiers -- but the US has historically performed so abysmally in this sport, and now we have some unambiguously great potential.
Oh, yeah, I guess there will probably be some figure skating, too.