Upping Ed Leigh’s involvement in the Olympic commentary for 2014 (following on from his epic debut at the 2006 Games and impressive follow-up in Vancouver) was an inspired choice by the BBC. Pairing him with fellow shredder Tim Warwood was a stroke of genius.
As well as snowboard slopestyle, halfpipe and boardercross the Beeb put this quick-firing comedy duo in charge of commentary for the freestyle skiing disciplines and damn did they deliver.
OK so the newspapers (well, the Daily Wail and the Torygraph) went to town on the fact that 300 people complained about their getting emotionally involved in Jenny Jones’ bronze medal moment, but do you know how many people wrote in in support? Nearly 2,000.
It’s like Matt Damon said in Good Will Hunting “You like apples? Yeahh, well how do you like THESE APPLES?!?”
(PS. My favourite Ed and Tim moment? “ Kent’s method is like a magical eagle…oh…wait…here it is… JURASSIC PARK”)