The true Olympic feat: Watching the Games — all 1,539 hours of them

Figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the US.
Figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the US.YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images

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The Olympics are pressure packed, aren’t they? For viewers, I mean.

In today’s world, knowledge is power, and if you want to be competitive at cocktail parties and in the office cafeteria, you can’t relax for a moment.

NBC is running 1,539 hours of programming across its broadcast and digital platforms, and an unprecedented 18 nights of primetime coverage. Heaven forbid you become dehydrated by watching others exert themselves and crawl to the kitchen for water. You might miss the defining moment of Sochi 2014. Sure, you could catch the replay—but then you might miss another Moment, and pitch yourself into a credit-card debt-like spiral from which you could never recover.

There are athletes’ backstories to be moved by; the names of snowboarding and figure skating tricks to learn—and forget; and scandals and Twitter feeds to follow. She who is ignorant of the fifth snowflake’s epic fail during the Opening Ceremonies will be a dull girl indeed.

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