Triple Axel, triple Lutz, triple flip, triple Salchow, triple toe loop: they all look exactly the same to me. All impressive, to be sure, but to my untrained eye, indistinguishable. Whichever ones he did, congratulations to Naperville, Illinois native Evan Lysacek on the gold medal he won tonight.
I'm heading out of town for a busy weekend at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament so I don't expect to update this space for a few days. To keep our chitchat going I'll give you a suggested topic: baseball and softball are no longer Olympic sports but hobbyish, marginally athletic oddities like ice curling and biathlon are. Why?
One possible explanation: feeling little love for the USA, the rest of the world ousted from the Olympics two sports generally considered all-American and thus grist for our gold medal count, even though South Korea and Cuba made the 2008 gold medal baseball game and Japan beat the Yanks to take the Beijing softball gold.