I find all the “controversy” commentary on the lady’s figure skating a bit surprising and hard to understand. Few skating experts have said they found the result unfair, and as a fairly unbiased watcher, there was nothing that led me to believe Yuna should have won. I was cheering for Yuna. She blew me away four years ago, and her short skate was fabulous. However, I felt her long skate seemed a little dull, and she had fewer jumps than the Russian. Should the Russian have won? It’s hard to say, but as a casual viewer, it certainly wasn’t obvious to me that she shouldn’t have won.
As for Ashley Wagner saying that she was “blown away” or stunned or some such thing by her seventh place finish, please. Her skate was unremarkable and her technical quality, per the American commentators, low. She was lucky to be at the Olympics in the first place, as she was fourth in the Nationals, but displaced Mirai Nagasu (I think) based on her “body of work.” I am not a fan of subjective decisions on Olympic teams, and I wish they had sent the actual #3 skater.
I was feeling lousy last night, as usual, which certainly took away from my viewing pleasure, but I couldn’t have missed the big event. I watched the NBC online version, and so I saw many, many skaters. (I didn’t watch the whole thing, but I think I saw at least the last 10 skaters as well as several earlier skaters.) Unfortunately, I missed the Japanese skater, whose name escapes me at the moment – the one who does a triple axel. I actually didn’t enjoy Lipinski and Weir’s commentary as much as the low budget Aussie and Brit who had commented the online versions of all the less popular events, such as the women’s short skate. They were far less informative about what the skaters were doing – what their jumps were, the quality of their spins, and so on. They were far from terrible, but I missed the Aussie lady.
In other news, we had an NT scan today. I was very much on the fence about whether to do the scan. On the one hand, I’m committed to not ending the pregnancy for any reason that doesn’t involve a threat to my health or a condition incompatible with life for the baby. I’m not sure what I’d do in the latter circumstance, but I have no intention to thinking much about it unless I find myself unlucky enough to be in that position. I don’t have any judgment for people who would terminate for Down syndrome, but I am in a position in my life where I think that is a challenge I’d be willing to take on. Nevertheless, I’d much, much rather know before the delivery room. The thing is, even at my “advanced” age (I’m 3 months short of AMA), the likelihood of Down syndrome is quite low compared to (a) the chance of other issues like Autism and (b) the likelihood of a false alarm coming out of an NT scan. The “false positive” rate, if you can call it that, from an NT scan is on the order of 5%. Doing the scan and getting told everything is OK gives you a warm and fuzzy, but is it worth the risk or high stress? We went back and forth, and in the end, my OB more or less talked me into doing it by talking about the importance of other anatomical information you can get from the scan.
Our baby is fine, at least in terms of organs you can see at 12 weeks and NT thickness. Our first US was very early – 8 weeks 0 days – so it was great to see the baby again in so much more detail. Our baby is now 5.8 cm and was moving quite a bit. We saw the limbs, the brain, heart, bladder, and stomach, that I can remember. The tech could even identify the chambers of the heart. I am guessing the ultrasound tech could hazard a pretty good guess as to the baby’s gender, but we did not ask, and she did not volunteer.
I am now 12 weeks 3 days and still feeling like crap. This is consistent with pregnancy #1 when I did not really get relief at all until 13.5 weeks, so I’m hoping the end of misery is only about a week away.
My two children: