I love watching the Olympics, and I know I’ll get in trouble for this… but I love watching people wreck.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want anyone to get hurt, but seeing people wipe out can be quite spectacular. The “Ooooh! That’s gotta hurt!” responses and all that. Pure Gold!
I blame television for this, more specifically, ABC’s Wide World of Sports. As a child I remember seeing Vinko Bogataj wipe out week after week to the phrase “…the agony of defeat…” While it’s amazing to see athletes do the things they’ve trained to do, and do them spectacularly, it can be even more amazing to see something happen that no one ever expected to happen. Um… spectacularly!
I’d be the first in line to order a DVD titled “Blooplympics: Wipe-outs, Crashes, and Wrecks from the 2006 Olympic Games” or something like that… Maybe they’ll show a blooper reel at the end…