A little like Lillehammer and how sorry Tiger is
WHISTLER, B.C. – Here was one of those nice Olympic moments on an absolutely perfect sun-drenched day in a terrific mountain town.
In between biathlon races, a guy heads for the sliding pit, as always taking the gondola up the mountainside rather than the bus. Walking through town to the gondola, the sidewalk cafés are crammed. The big screens are everywhere, tuned in to the U.S.-Norway hockey game, and whatever problems these Olympics have been having – and they have been many and sometimes embarrassing – for a few minutes here there’s no sign of anything wrong.
People are skiing and snowboarding – some in T-shirts – and watching the games, soaking up the sun, enjoying a beverage and unanimously seem to be having a great time. All the angst about medals won and lost by the home team isn’t apparent, at least for this particular sunny time. It’s the first time in 10 days here that it felt even remotely like Lillehammer, the feel-good Olympics of my time.
WILL WOODS SAY ‘SORRY’?
On a totally unrelated matter, a British bookmaker has set betting odds on Tiger Woods’ use of the word “sorry’’ for his statement of apology Friday in Florida. The favourite at 9 to 4 is twice, while six or more times pays off at 7 to 2.
In the cliché category, his use of the phrase “I regret the hurt I have caused’’ pays off at 7 to 2.