Pegasus rising: Snowboarder Watanabe a star wordsmith
The Olympics haven't even begun, but U.S. snowboarder Graham Watanabe already has a leg up on the quote of the Games.
He certainly gets the idea the Olympics have a mythos.
Watanabe, 28, was an alternate at the 2006 Winter Games but wound up competing in snowboarder cross.
He still considers the 2010 Games his first real Olympics, having assured himself a spot in the event. Asked what that meant to him at the U.S. snowboard team's Wednesday press conference, Watanabe said:
"Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth. I somehow tame it and ride it into the sky in the clouds and sunshine and rainbows. That’s what it feels like.”
-- Philip Hersh in Vancouver, Canada
Photo: Graham Watanabe at a December competition in Colorado. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images