Russian figure skating runner-up Evgeni Plushenko (left) pouted at the medal ceremony before ripping Evan Lysacek's winning routine. The South Koreans Ohno-bashed, and Aussie moguler Dale Begg-Smith slammed media from Canada before silvering behind that nation's Alexandre Bilodeau.
February 17, arguably the best night ever in U.S. Olympics history, was in TV reality the best day sliced and diced into 3½ hours of lucrative prime-time replay. That was fine—as long as you didn't have other media such as that newfangled, spoiler-spewing Internet.
That touchy torch at the opening ceremonies? A bad omen in what during Week 1 were labeled the Glitch Games. Skating was iced for 70 minutes by—count 'em, three—haywire resurfacing machines, while 28,000 saw their tickets canceled for lack of snow.
Pity the poor fourth-place finisher. It was bad enough to miss out on medaling, but to get unceremoniously unseated from the goofy, bean-baggy sofa bed that awaited the top three mogul skiers was even more demoralizing—instant heartbreak.