I saw a little bit of the Olympic opening ceremony this morning before work. The action briefly cut back to the New Zealand studio and one of the commentators mentioned that there had been complaints about the footage shown of the New Zealand team marching around the stadium.

Specifically, that flagbearer Beatrice Faumuina had barely been shown, with most of the shots being of other members of the team. The clips replayed showed a number of pretty blonde chicks up the front, smiling and waving.

The commentator apologised and said they were at the mercy of the international feed. But then I realised that if you were some dude sitting in a control room faced with the decision of which people to put the camera on, would you go for the stocky Samoan shot-putter chick or the cute blonde girls?

Yeah, that’s right. The Olympic Games aren’t really about sport.

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