The Post’s Feb. 20 Sports report on the Winter Olympics ice dancing finals, “Shibutani siblings claim bronze as other Americans just miss or falter,” was a howler of imbalance. The article was dominated by the U.S. couple who captured the bronze. They skated well, but only a major mistake by another U.S. team got them to the podium.
In only one sentence was there a mention of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian team who took the gold. One sentence!
The Canadians scored highest in the short program and posted the best final overall score in the history of ice dancing. In winning the gold (their second of these Olympics), they have now won more medals than any other skaters from any discipline in history. Many consider them the greatest pair of all time, even eclipsing the renowned Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
That’s a big story. And it was barely mentioned.
Stephen Hunter, Washington
I read with interest Barry Svrluga’s Feb. 25 column on the gold-medal-winning U.S. curlers [“U.S. curler was unwanted, but he stayed and won gold,” Sports]. However, nowhere did I find any real information about the curlers themselves — basics such as where they are from, how old they are, what they do for a living (they sure can’t make a living curling), how they came to the sport and who financed their trip to PyeongChang. These are questions I think many readers would want answered.
Moreover, as a sports fan, I find a general lack of reporting offering an off-the-field, personal glimpse of the players on D.C.’s main professional teams — the Nationals, Capitals, Redskins and Wizards. It would breathe some real life into the coverage. Athletes don’t live in their locker rooms.
Richard Benedetto, Springfield
The Feb. 22 Sports article “Early mistake in slalom ends Hirscher’s quest for third Alpine gold” referred to skier Marcel “Hirscher’s bid to become the second man to win three Alpine gold medals in one Olympics.”
But the feat was accomplished twice before: in 1956 by Toni Sailer, and in 1968 by Jean-Claude Killy. Their accomplishments were all the more remarkable in that there were only three Alpine events at that time, and each of these champions scored a clean sweep.
Henry Fox, Kensington