Last night, while I wasn't sleeping, I watched a little of the freestyle skiing aerial trials. Yeah, that was a mistake.
In the trials, Lydia Ierodiaconou, one of the Australian freestyle skiers, had a pretty cool jump... until she landed. She came down on her left knee ... and it buckled. All I can say is that is just looked wrong. Then you could hear her screaming. She kept rolling down the hill. The skis were going in all different directions, and her left knee was turned yet again. More screaming. And the cameras kept rolling. Even the commentators stopped talking for a minute or two (except for an "Oh my God"). That should have been enough, right? NOPE. Not for NBC. They had to replay it. IN SLOW MO.
It's not bad enough that we saw it the first time. It's not bad enough that you know this woman will have to have a total knee reconstruction. Again (she had a previous knee injury in June). Let's show it again for all those poor, insomniac slobs who missed it the first time.
THIS is why I hate watching the Olympics. It's all cool when everyone is doing great, celebrating their medals and outstanding athletic feats. But I just cannot stomach watching the cameras document every single millisecond of someone getting seriously hurt. If I wanted to watch athletes getting hurt, I'd watch The Other Side of the Mountain, or Ice Castles, or some other sappy 70s movie.
For the love of Bob, NBC! Please don't show us the instant replay. Some of us feel other people's pain too deeply. No shit... my freaking knee hurt all day long. Gah!