Originally Posted by RicB
Nowadays the Olimpics seem to be portrayed as more of a serial soap opera about who gets the gold rather than a true sporting event that celebrates participation and the journey.
Bode Miller aside, the contrast between CBUT (Canada) and NBC's coverage is remarkable. CBUT, which can be viewed in many places in the PNW, had a lot less hype and a lot more actual coverage of events. NBC's approach was mostly focused on personalities, controversy and failure. "American Idol" proved that it can do a better job of that.
Certainly, some athletes make NBC's approach to coverage easier than others. However, I wonder if NBC's approach is what Americans truly desire or deserve.
Rather than seeking out the lowest possible denominator, maybe NBC and other news organizations in the USA and elsewhere that follow this approach should focus on raising that denominator. If people better understood the events themselves, maybe more would watch.
At the end of the day, team USA had a pretty typical performance, and the Olympics typically had plenty of upsets but you would never know it from NBC's coverage which leaves the impression of pretty abject failure for the USA. Well, enough on this subject. I'm going skiing.