Mary Carillo

Olympics: Fears and hopes burst into overdrive


By Mike Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- The
Olympics always seem to bring dreams and fears, many of them
misplaced. But all of that hits new extremes in Rio de Janeiro.

People talk –
often – about the zika virus and security woes and banned athletes
and economic decay and, for athletes in open-water events, pollution.

Let's talk Winter Olympics


Here are 10 random thoughts about NBC's Winter Olympics coverage; please add yours:

1) I really can't tell the difference between someone who goes a zesty 89 miles an hour and some who merely pokes along at 87. Either one just looks ... well, really fast. They sort of woosh past us and someone says gee that was really slow or fast or something. In short, I'm having trouble enjoying luge or downhill skiing or such.