We have enjoyed the Olympic coverage here. Definitely better than what we are used to with NBC's profiles of individual athletes in an attempt to drum up interest in the events they decide to show a very small portion of the competition. Here the event is shown pretty much from beginning to end with few commercial interruptions and little journalistic babbling.....and it is in Latvian so I don't bother trying to follow what they are saying.
I was disappointed that they covered the men's luge rather than the America/Russia hockey game....but you can't have everything. We went into a crowded pub and caught the final minutes of the Finland/Russia game. When the game was over one man pumped his fist and yelled in elation, the rest quickly finished their beers and filed out. Suddenly it was just us and the bartender. The bartender noted that they were all Russians.
Read later the Latvian team gave powerhouse Canada a bit of a scare. Would have been really great if they had won. Pretty certain the fans here would have been ecstatic. Have to admit that we were pleased that the Finns handled the Russians - partly due to always liking the underdogs and partly due to having spent time in Finland.
Saw a bit of the Opening Ceremony. Tend to avoid watching these things as they always turn out to be the same overblown, nationalistic spectacle. Funny how, oftentimes, fans of these spectacles will complain about people making the Olympics political....then they follow the medal count with nationalistic fervor. Was more than a bit put-off when the homage to Stalin's industrialization didn't make any attempt to honor Meyerhold's Biomechanics and didn't really measure up to Constructivist designs.