For a moment on Wednesday night, USA Network’s Alpine ski broadcast looked more like a cooking segment than a sporting event.
Steve Porino, an NBC Sports analyst and a former alpine skier, equipped with Alpine skis like those used by stars like Matthias Mayer, explaining that the movement is like a weapon just a sports device. (It was a slow sports day in Beijing: Alpine skiing, billiards and hockey.)
To prove its point, USA showed a video about Bode Millerthe Olympic gold medalist, crashed during a 2015 race. The edge of one of his skates ripped through his suit, cutting into his hamstrings and tendons.
That’s when Porino, wearing goggles, aimed at a papaya on the table in front of him and slams into the edge of the ski.
Next is the watermelon: a clean slice, some seeds, and liquid. Finally, he passed a pineapple and shouted, “Aha!” when he knocked half of it off the table.
At the end of the segment, two-time gold medalist Ted Ligety joins Porino as he alludes to how athletes usually celebrate with champagne. Ligety twice aimed at the champagne cork, succeeding in numbering the opener on the second attempt.
As he took a sip, he mumbled “sweet victory”.
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