Four Corners: What was your favorite moment at the Olympics?

March 01, 2010

The anti-bossy boss
Candus Thomson

Baltimore Sun

Steve Holcomb proved that looks deceive. The roly-poly pilot of USA-1 grabbed the gold medal in four-man bobsled with the steely calm of a fighter jock, snapping a 62-year winless streak.

He showed that sometimes you roll the dice and win, having experimental surgery to reverse the effects of degenerative eye disease that was robbing him of his sight.

He demonstrated over the course of the year that you don't have to be bossy to be the boss. He treated his pushers with respect and as a result, they would have shoved an outhouse down the Whistler track to get him a win.

And he gave me a quiet moment I'll remember: As he negotiated the media scrum after victory, he held back, absent-mindedly picking at the bouquet he was given, to give his boys a chance to enjoy the spotlight.

cthomson@tribune.com

Passion burns bright
Helene Elliott

Los Angeles Times

I have no single moment, no medalist whose life story I attempted to capture in 650 words. Covering hockey exclusively, I didn't witness any medals awarded until Sunday.

My memory will be a mosaic of sights and sounds seen and heard along the way. Most of all, I'll remember seeing people pushing strollers with bundled up infants, wrapping plastic around strollers and taking toddlers in hand while they walked to see the Olympic flame.

Come rain or come shine - and rain came more often - people lined up. The youngest kids wouldn't remember it, but they'd have proof of this experience that all of Vancouver and Canada was so eager to share. Their enthusiasm reminded me that the Olympics still can inspire us to strive for the seemingly impossible.

helliott2@tribune.com

Nagasu's alluring ascent
Philip Hersh

Chicago Tribune

Time lapse photography of Mirai Nagasu: In 2007, winning the U.S. junior title, she was a tiny wisp with big potential. In 2008, winning the senior title at 14, she was a callow, unrefined skater whose skills deserted her in a 2009 growth spurt. And now, the 16-year-old, the Olympic debutante, who came out for Saturday's exhibition as a young woman with confidence and command.

Twenty minutes after Yuna Kim had won clinched gold, she skated a performance so solid, so filled with dazzling spins, she wound up fourth.

I saw a Nagasu who seemed to have gained four years of maturity in the month since finishing second at the U.S. championships. So much can go wrong in the upcoming four years, but, after two weeks of covering figure skating, I will remember most the tantalizing vision of Nagasu as the next Olympic champion.

phersh@tribune.com

Flame's out: Rejoice
Mike Bianchi

Orlando Sentinel

My favorite moment of the Olympics?

I would say that magical moment frozen in time when the flame was extinguished and the games officially ended.

Now maybe we can get back to sports that real sports fans care about. Is there anything more annoying than turning on your favorite sports radio show and hearing two ex- NFL players arguing about how Evan Lysacek could win a gold in figure skating without doing a quad? Puh-leeze.

And when I flipped over to NBC to watch Canada and the U.S. in the hockey prelims and saw an ice-dancing cowboy doing the do-si-do.

I am just glad the games are over so American journalists can get back to covering the things that are really important - like gun-toting NBA players and Tiger Woods' sexual escapades.

mbianchi@tribune.com

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