Worst Speech: Yoko Onos screechy version of John Lennons Imagine had all of the dogs in Torino howling in pain. At least Peter Gabriels rendition immediately after Onos speech halfway saved the song though his flamboyant version of the peace-hymn probably was not what Lennon intended either.
Worst Pastoral Landscape: The tribute to the Alps and their farming culture. I am sure the idea looked good on paper, but in execution it was ridiculous. The roller-blading cows, dancers wearing black and white bovine-themed outfits, and cavorting trees and mountains were a surreal acid trip that left me shaking my head in confusion. To make things worse, the audience was supplied with cowbells. Im sure it was all announcers Bob Costas, Mary Carrillo and Brian Williams could do to keep from laughing into their microphone headsets during that particular portion.
Worst Pyrotechnics: The Sparks of Passion roller-bladers, with two-foot flames shooting from the back of their demonic helmets, looked like they had been summoned straight out of Dantes Inferno. The fireworks were impressive, though how skaters managed to escape the stadium without getting singed is anyones guess.
Worst Dance Costume: In an apparently iconic moment, executive producer Marco Bacilli, who has staged concert shows for U2 and the Rolling Stones, orchestrated a display that included silver-clad dancers with gargantuan white balls attached to their heads. The dancers, who looked like disproportionate aliens in hazmat suits, were supposed to be a tribute to snow. The cruel irony is that, despite the dancers best efforts to evoke it, Torino is still suffering from a decided lack of snow due to unexpectedly warm weather conditions.
Worst Musical Montage: The mix of 70s and 80s disco, which included an Aretha Franklin tune, and YMCA by the Village People, was too American. I had to laugh, though, when the Iranian delegation entered the stadium to the strains of Funkytown, a song by the 80s band Lipps, Inc. I am sure the conservatives in Tehran burst a blood vessel when they heard about that choice.
Worst Dressed: The Italian delegations fur-lined, sleek, and shiny silver outfits pimpin may not be easy, but the Italians definitely had the look down. All that they were missing was the bling.
Notable Mention: Because of the frat-boy reputation that Bode Miller acquired before the games, I half expected to see him cracking open a can of beer during the ceremony. It is probably a good thing he managed to restrain himself, but it would have been hilarious if he had not.
David Henke is a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn. He majors in English.