After all the snow in the Northeast this year, I thought I had had my fill of winter. But so far the song of Norway has been transporting. At this Olympic Winter Games, even the opening ceremonies were entertaining—all except for the “artistic portion” of the program, which looked like outtakes from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The concluding fireworks were especially spectacular.
CBS obviously has come to the Games loaded for polar bear. Though the announcers and hosts have been only fair to middling, the production has been superb, far better than the network’s broadcasts from Albertville in 1992. And CBS has been lucky: The competition, the weather, the crowds and the settings, both natural and man-made, have been ideal. Of course no one could have scripted the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding saga.
One cavil: If Alberto Tomba is the most charismatic athlete at the Games—and CBS must surely feel that way, judging by how it has been hyping the swaggering skier—his qualities simply don’t translate from the Italian.