Did you know that the word hockey derives from "hocquet," a french word for "stick?" Add a puck, an ice floor and competition dating back to ancient Grecian times and you've got the Ice Hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympics.
With the round robin tournaments in full swing for both Women's and Men's Ice Hockey competion, make sure you don't miss the slapshots heard around the world. Check out the Olympic Ice Hockey schedule after the jump.
With that in mind, the Hulu team took a look back to find other Olympic heroes who have crossed over to TV over the years. Here are some of our favorites.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has averaged an unexpected 28.6 million viewers over the first three days of its Olympics coverage, which marks a 25 percent increase over the 2006 Torino Games.
Reports indicate that those numbers also mark the highest non-U.S. Winter Games debut since as far back as 1994, when the Lillehammer Games got a boost from the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding Figure Skating scandal, in which Harding allegedly covered up a conspiracy between her ex-husband and bodyguard to attack her competitor, Kerrigan, during a practice session.
Why? Three words: The Winter Olympics.
Every two years, since NBC started carrying the Olympics, they turn their top-rated morning news show into essentially the Games' morning recap show. Sure, you still get that first half hour of pure news, but after that, the show becomes all-Olympics, all the time, from examining the personal stories of the athletes, to travelogues about whatever exotic locale the Games are in that year, to deep, 'SportsCenter'-like examination of the previous night's results.
But that's not the part that annoys me the most. When the hosts go out and try to do the Olympic sports themselves, the cringe factor goes up exponentially. Especially when Matt Lauer and Al Roker are involved.
What makes this remake so exciting is that here it is 25 years later and an entire new group of musicians took part, including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Pink, the Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Harry Connick, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, LL Cool J, Jonas Brothers... whew! The news might be that Lady Gaga couldn't make it.
That may be because team member Shani Davis called Colbert a "jerk" for running his smear campaign against the Canadians, a smear campaign that seemed to get the Canadians to back and give his team practice time on Canada's ice. It even almost seemed as though Colbert was going to address the name-calling in his opening "Who's Attacking Me Now" segment on Monday, but instead went into the comments made by White House Recovery Act Coordinator G. Edward DeSeve.
Should Colbert call out Davis for his name calling and more importantly, will he?
According to Fancast, a mysterious blog article (which has since vanished like the island itself) reported that 'Lost' showrunner Carlton Cuse indicated during a recent visit to Harvard University that the show would be taking a mid-season hiatus to avoid airing head-to-head against the Winter Olympics.
When a show takes a break for awhile it's easy to forget about it, what with our crazy fast-paced lifestyles, cellphones, outboard motors, uranium-powered waffle makers and what have you. Therefore, I thought I should take a moment to remind my fellow Monkheads that Monk is coming back with new episodes this Friday. Our favorite obsessive-compulsive detective took some time off during the Winter Olympics. The new episode, titled "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" pits Monk against an astronaut who he claims committed murder, despite the astronaut insisting he was in space at the time. I've used that alibi several times, and it never works.
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People are wondering why people aren't that excited about the Olympics. Sure, it could be the time difference. It could be that we're watching other things. It could even be that the human drama isn't that thrilling anymore, in this day of reality shows and American Idol.
I don't think NBC is helping matters by showing curling all day today. I mean, curling? It's not exactly the most dramatic of TV sports. It combines the heart-pounding pace of horseshoes with the excitement of...sweeping your kitchen floor. But it's been on all day.
I'm still not sure how you keep score.
The Winter Olympics have begun!
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Personally, I love the Olympics. I let myself get caught up in the drama and the action, even though I'm definitely not a sports fan any other time of the year. The most popular sport during the winter Olympics by far is figure skating, specifically women's or pairs skating. Here, I'm listing the other sports that I will definitely be watching:
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