Severely Canadian: Oly Coverage Is ‘Death Porn’?

I love my Canadian brothers and sisters so it pained me to see their media’s overreaction to the so-called embarrassment of the Olympic torch malfunction and training death of the Georgian luger yesterday.

Vancouver Games Olympic Torch Malfunction

(Okay, Gretz could’ve used some powder)

The Opening Ceremonies were magnificient, yet five of the first six grafs in the VANCOUVER SUN’s account of Friday night lamented one of the four torch towers failing to rise from the floor. (Who gives a damn!)

Vancouver Games Olympic Torch Malfunction

Then there’s the coverage of the random death of anonymous Georgian luge participant Nodar Kumaritashvili, which the Sun characterized asdeath porn.”

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New, Bendy Winter Olympic Medals Look A Bit Sad

The Vancouver Winter Olympics are still a year away, but they’ve already given us so much. We love you, Vancouver Games, for your Olympics torch that looks like a doobie; your bitchin’, surfboard-riding logo; your nightmare fuel mascots (including lil’ Hitler!), your low-key protesters, and now this. Introducing the 2010 Winter Olympics medals, by Salvador Dali.

Winter Olympics medals

I may not know art, but I know what I like. And I don’t like this. But hey, I’m not likely to win one, so who cares? What’s important is if the athletes like them. Designs for the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ medals were unveiled on Thursday in a ceremony at Vancouver’s athletes village, and contrary to what you might think, they were not created by placing them on railroad tracks and then beating them with a hammer. Read more…