2: Recommended dosage of acid to take before watching the clown-themed closing ceremonies at Torino.
4: Number of times while watching figure skating that The Girlfriend threatened to secretly record me saying things like “Oh no, she only doubled it” or “That step sequence was bland” and play them back for my friends.
$5 million: Amount Bode Miller earned last year, $1 million for every event he lost at Torino.
$130,000: Amount of money, in personal loans, taken by luger Anne Abernathy to finance her 2005 training and racing schedule in order to qualify for the Olympics. Abernathy, who is 52 years old, is the only representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands and was prohibited by the Olympic Committee from competing in the games due to the dangerous women’s course. After a committee hearing, she won the right to at least have her name listed on the official racing schedule as “DNS” – did not start. "I just wanted to be recognized as having worked hard to get here.”
2: Number of times, officially, that “YMCA” was performed at the Olympics – once during the opening ceremonies and once during the closing ceremonies.
2: Number of times I said out loud to the TV, “What the fuck?” upon hearing “YMCA” being played at the Olympics.
8: Finishing place in the standings for Danish Women’s Curling team, out of 9. The women curlers were the only representatives sent by Denmark to the games following the Mohammed cartoon uproar. No word on whether the strong sales of Danish flags continued into the Olympic Village..
9: Amount of restraint, on a scale of 1 – 10, it took Avril Levine to not give the crowd the finger during her performance at the closing ceremony.
50: Amount of time, in seconds, I spent laughing after The Girlfriend told me she could extend her leg above her head like the figure skaters do, and during her demonstration fell backwards onto the floor through her bedroom doorway.
8000: Bottles of maple syrup being sent to Bjoemar Haakensmoen by a Canadian manufacturer. Haakensmoen, the head of the Norwegian cross-country team, was watching the two-woman cross-country sprint from the side of the race course when Canadian Sara Renner broke one of her ski poles. Haakensmoen had a pole with him and immediately handed it to Renner. Renner and teammate Becky Scott ended up winning the silver medal while the Norwegians wound up fourth.
5, 3: Number of twists and somersaults, respectively, packed into American Jeret "Speedy" Peterson’s patented move “the Hurricane.” Peterson landed the jump in the Men’s Aerials event, a first in Olympic competition for a jump of its caliber. Peterson finished 7th due to a mediocre first jump and a shaky landing on the Hurricane.
$314,770: Amount paid by Italy to Italian speed skater Enrico Fabris for his two gold medals ($157,385 a piece).
$0: Amount paid to Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen for her five medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze). Canada is one of the only countries to not offer monetary rewards to their athletes.
103-0-2: Record of U.S. Women’s Hockey team against every team not named Canada in international competition before losing to Sweden in the semifinals at Torino.
88: Finish of Ireland’s Rory Morrish in the 15k Cross Country Skiing event. Finishing below him were Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Kenya, Brazil, Portugal, Nepal, Costa Rica, and Thailand. He was edged out by Ethiopia and Mongolia though.
86.5: Top speed reached on the Men’s Single Luge event.
87: Speed I was clocked at on the Long Island Expressway when I got my first speeding ticket.
27: Assumed age of American moguls skier Toby Dawson. Dawson was abandoned on the steps of a police station in Seoul before being adopted by ski instructors Mike and Deborah Dawson from Colorado. His current birthday, November 30, 1978, was given to him when he was brought to an orphanage, based on how he looked compared to other children.
6: Number of comments and emails received by readers begging me to not write about the Olympics for an entire week.
13: Approximate number of hours spent, by me, watching Olympic coverage so I could write about it on my blog.
1.5: Number of hours I wish I had back, accounting mostly for Ice Dancing. Other than that, I really enjoyed the Olympics, for the first time in a long time. The drive for Beijing 2008 is officially on.