Picks and Pans Review: The 1988 Winter Olympics
ABC (Sat., Feb. 13-Sun., Feb. 28)
As far as I'm concerned, the Winter Olympics are 10 times better than the summer ones. Winter athletes dress better; they don't wear those dorky little shorts that look like underwear. They don't sweat and stink as much, or at least don't appear to. Their sports are more breathtakingly dangerous (like ski-jumping) and beautifully graceful (like figure skating) and unashamedly silly looking (like the luge). Nothing they do in the Winter Olympics reminds me of the torture I went through in phys ed class. So I'll be watching or VCRing every minute. And I'm glad to report that the genius of Olympic TV, Roone Arledge, is temporarily taking off from ABC News and returning to ABC Sports to oversee the Games. Here's the schedule for ABC's Olympic coverage on the 16 days from Sat., Feb. 13 to Sun., Feb. 28 (all times ET).
EVENING: Most every night the games will be on from 8-11 p.m. The exceptions—Sun., Feb. 14 and the next two weekends, when coverage is expanded to 7-11 p.m.
WEEKEND DAYTIME: The Games fill every afternoon on the weekends—2:30-5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 13; noon-6 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 14; noon-6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 20; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 21; noon-6 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 and noon-6:45 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 28.
LATE NIGHT: Each night (except on the opening and closing days) there'll be a wrap-up from 11:30 p.m. to midnight.
But don't wait for the end to see the exciting conclusions in each sport—because if you don't watch the first few days you'll miss the heavy action in the luge.
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