This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
For a while there, it looked like the Vancouver Olympic Games were shaping up as disastrous.
Hours before the opening ceremonies, the death of a young Georgian luger cast a dispiriting pall over what was supposed to be a joyous celebration. Then a technical glitch involving the Olympic flame became the source of jokes and doubts that the city had its act together.
Events had to be postponed in the first week due to unusually warm weather creating havoc on the slopes. And press reports out of Canada detailed anguish that the country’s $118 million “Own the Podium” program was fizzling. The capper was the U.S. men’s hockey team upset victory over Canada in an early round-robin matchup – setting the scene for Sunday’s gold-medal game. Read more »