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Today's Games:

USA vs. Mighty Norway (12 PM, USA)

Canada vs. Switzerland (4:30 PM, CNBC)

Slovakia vs. Russia (8:55 PM, CNBC)

 

Americans and Canadians are pretty lucky, if you think about it.  I mean, who do you cheer for if you're from Germany?  You're kind of stuck cheering for Germans and people with last names like Mueller, right?  Lame.  If you're like me, you get to cheer for the USA and you get to cheer for Norway since that's where my grandfather was born and you get to cheer for Canada because that's the country my grandfather took a bullet to the hip for.  It's pretty sweet: for the snowboarding and speedskating, I cheer for the U.S.; for hockey and curling (when they're not playing the U.S.) I cheer for Canada; and for long-distance skiing and all that random winter crap I cheer for Norway.  It's awesome and I can't imagine how boring the Winter Olympics must be for people from the Old World.

And that's kind of the whole point of the Olympics, at least to me.  I mean, none of us know our ancestors as well as we'd like and none of us can really experience what they did, but we can understand how they felt when they saw their flag fly during the Olympics.  My grandfather grew up in the early 20th century and he lived in Canada and he fought in a war and he had 3 kids and he died.  I don't know how he felt through any of that; I do know how he felt when he watched the Olympics and cheered for Norway and Canada and the U.S., though.  That's pretty cool.

Prediction: The U.S. wins big, Norwegians mutter, "Uff da."