CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's hard to say what the most colorful sight at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has been so far -- the Norwegian men's curling team's checked red, white and blue pants, Germany's rainbow-colored team uniforms, or commentator Bob Costas' painful-to-look-at infected eyes.
The Norwegians weren't the only curling team to appear on the ice sporting wild and crazy trousers, but they were the best known and best-prepared, arriving in Sochi with no fewer than nine pairs, each featuring a separate retina-scarring color combination.
In fact the trousers have their own Facebook site, titled, logically enough, The Norwegian Olympic Curling Team's Pants, which had earned 552,696 "likes" as of Friday night. But unfortunately for the Norwegians, the famous pants didn't carry their weight.
Wearing pants that appeared to have been splattered with red, white and blue paint, the Norwegians ended up losing unexpectedly to an underdog British team decked out in solid black pants and solid white shirts -- uniforms as bland as their homeland's cuisine.
Hard-to-believe side note: Curling, which offers all the excitement of bowling, only slower and with more rules, turns out to be more dangerous than six other Olympic sports, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Using a survey of athletes who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics, researchers found that four percent of curlers were injured during Vancouver games -- a rate equal to ski jumping and higher than luge, speed skating, biathlon, cross-country skiing and the Nordic combined event.
Even though the sport has been nicknamed "chess on ice," it apparently takes stones to slide curling rocks.
While the German Olympic committee maintains that their country's rainbow-colored uniforms were not designed as a protest against Russia's strict anti-gay laws, many observers believed the colorful outfits were a tacit way of showing support for inclusion.
In Sochi, where the mayor claims no gay people live, hotels were a mess, food service was poor, and the Olympic Village was a disaster. As David Letterman observed, "That's what happens when you tick off gay people."
But veteran Olympics host Bob Costas may have provided the most colorful spectacle at the Winter Games, as viewers watched his eyes turn from light pink to magenta to "Go to the emergency room, now!"
Costas took several days off to get his eye infection under control, handing his hosting duties over to Matt Lauer, who got his start in TV news 35 years ago, while working as the producer of the noon news at WOWK's Huntington studio.
Lauer got off a zinger after Costas returned to Sochi and the two broadcast personalities appeared on Friday's Today show.
When discussing what they would do when the Olympics ended, Lauer asked one last question of Costas:
"Taking the red eye home?"