So there’s this episode of the Trashparty. God bless ‘em. This one might be the winter we bone up on our late 360s, especially since they probably won’t count in the Olympics. But at least the gays won’t be subject to Putin’s extralegal ire when they visit Sochi this upcoming February. It appears that some of the billions and billions of dollars those Ruskies have spent on the most expensive Olympics ever has gone to some outside marketing consultants, who were able to convince a usually unapologetically offensive Vlad to cool it on the aggressive homophobia for the sake of preserving the brand image of the international event they’re hosting. We suppose there’s a Peter Fitts jab we should throw in there, too, but you guys have been doing a good enough job of that in the comments.
At any rate, in other fun news, SIA released a report with bar graphs in it highlighting a few surprising figures. Snowsports participation was down 3% overall on a year-to-year basis despite a solid snow year back East, but “alpine skiing” took a massive hit – a drop of 19% – over the same period, while “freeski” exploded, seeing a growth of 47%. We’re not sure where the line between alpine and freeski is, and if “freeskiing” includes the powder skiers who wear the same bright clothes and do the occasional grab. There’s really no way of knowing (without doing more work for this post). However, the Newschoolers forums will be thrilled to find out that “Freeski” is also the most diverse snow sport, “with minorities representing half of its participants.” The only way that kind of statement holds up to fact is if a “minority” is classified as someone who didn’t grow up in Fairfield County, Connecticut, greater Boston, Marin County, or Orange County in a home greater than 6,000 square feet. Whatever the case, freeskiers can now officially claim to have been held at gunpoint for skiing the streets and to be a part of a nearly-majority-minority peer group. It’s a sad, sad day for logic.