We interrupt this program (a recap of a trip to Japan) with an Olympic update.
NBC has many problems with their website, least of which is how difficult it is to find out who won what on the mobile version. Last night, many people on the East Coast went to bed before the Womens Gymnastic Finals were completed, and woke up to news that China had won the Gold. In looking on the NBC Olympic Mobile site, you could find report after report that the Chinese had won gold, Romania had won bronze, but nowhere, in most articles, did they mention that USA had won silver, leaving it up to be inferred by the reader. While the medal index for Gymnastics correctly awards the medals to the appropriate winners, the Medalists Index (which lists the names of winning competitors) held a shocking revelation. According to that page, the USA won gold, China won silver and Russia the bronze. As of 2pm Eastern US time, this has not been corrected, even after NBC was contacted and informed of the error.
This is only the latest in a series of ‘Ooops! My bad!’ from NBC, including labeling taped events as ‘live’ to the West Coast, neglecting to explain that the fireworks seen in the opening ceremonies were CGI, and forgoing coverage of athletes not named Michael Phelps. When added to the controversy over Chinese gymnasts being underage, doping scandals, a Blue Screen of Death during the opening ceremonies, and Free Tibet protesters, the Chinese Olympics are shaping up to be exactly as expected.
We will return you to Mika’s ongoing recap of her trip to Japan on Monday, with a post about the hike up Temple Twelve. Thank you.