As long as Winds of Change and Kevin Drum are talking about the Olympics, I figure I can fire off a rant myself, even if I don’t actually like sports.
Kevin Drum apparently thinks snowboard cross is a “faux sport”. As some one who thinks much of the Olympic Games doesn’t qualify as sports, I completely disagree about snowboard cross. It is, in fact, what I would consider a real, class 1 sport. It has more than one competitor on the “field” at a time, they can interact (I am told that direct combat is prohibited, but body checks are legal), and winning is determined objectively, by who crosses the finish line first, not the opinions of some putative “experts”. I’d trade out something like “ice dancing” or “free style skiing” for snowboard cross without hesitation. Oh, and the biathlon? That rocks.