Welcome, my Thai friends, to the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympic Coverage.
The enchanted land of Thailand appears to be totally bereft of ventriloquists. Absolutely, positively, bereft.
My buddies, Merriam and Webster, define bereft as:
- Deprived of something, or
- Lacking something needed or expected.
In 2002 he did not finish in the Men's 30 km, and in the 1.5 km sprint, he finished 68th out of 71. Buoyed by not finishing last in 2002, he returned to Winter Olympic in 2006. He did not buoy quite as well that time, finishing last in the Men's 15 km classical, 29 minutes behind the winner.
But for all that, he's a olympic record holder. He's the oldest Olympian to compete in an endurance sport.
I say that makes him a Thai national treasure.
Imagine if he learned ventriloquism too. Wow, huh?
***Still no word from my nephew in Thailand about joining the coverage team. Maybe I need to explain it to him better. An opportunity like this takes a bit to digest.