Olympic Magic

Yep, it’s that time again. That time when the world is supposed to come together and celebrate the best of the best. The creme of the crop. What sport do you look most forward to?

Figure skating?

My mom loved to watch figure skating. The individual competition, the couples, the graceful movements, the exciting jumps and spins. But no matter their fancy duds, figure skaters are a tough breed. Learning to execute those spins and jumps I’ve heard can be a very painful proposition. And, the Super Bowl isn’t the only performance that’s had a wardrobe malfunction. Check out how our skater powered through hers here.

Then there’s the sport that lights the fire of the folks who like their feet locked on a board. Whoooooosh!! Of course, the jury is still out on Shaun White’s hair.

And comes my personal fav. Downhill racing. Anything downhill. Slalom, giant slalom, super g, downhill. Very little known factoid: I used to be a downhill ski racer in high school. I loved it. I still vividly remember planting my poles in the starting gate my last race, listening to the beeps and exploding out of the gate, attacking that course like a maniac. It was nothing like the Olympics, but it was my moment, and I shined. Until I crashed. I can only imagine what it’s like for the Lindsey Vonn and the rest of the US Ski Team. You can bet I’ll be watching. Need a primer? Here you go.

On to ski jumping…man, this is something I’d loveeeeee to try but holy cow, I think I’m way too big a chicken. But seriously, how fun would it be to soar through the air like a bird, and then touch down like an angel? It’s such an amazingly beautiful sport to watch. Here’s ski jumping 101 for those wanting to know more.

Then there’s the skeleton. Where did they come up with the name for that? Regardless, it looks terrifying and one hella lot of fun! Or not. Here’s a taste!

Hockey. Men’s and, best of all, women’s!! So exciting! It’s going to be a huge showdown between the US and Canada women’s teams, and I cannot wait.

Yeah, I’ve never understood the appeal of cross country, but who I am to judge? One of my best friends in school was a cross country skier, and all of them were amazing athletes. I tried a couple of times to ski cross country, and I spent more time on my behind than I did on my feet. Here’s a guide I need to read to understand and appreciate the sport!

Then add weaponry to cross country skis and look the hell out. Hello Biathalon! All I can say is it’s a good thing no one put a gun in my hands when I made my feeble attempt at learning to use those two treacherous narrow planks, or I might have shot them in half.

Bobsledding  baby! We have Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, the American born Jamaican leading the Jamaican woman’s bobsledding team. She’s got quite a story, and you can check it out here! So many athletes have this kind of windy, crazy story!

And then there’s curling. I hadn’t given curling much thought until new owners took over Once Upon a Crime, the bookstore where I occasionally work. They curl. I was like….whaaaaaaaa? And here you go! Check out this zen curling explanation here and you, too will be ogling curling with a new eye.

Got the zoomies? If you do you might want to check out speed skating! There’s the short track and long track, and you can read about the differences here. I always thought it would be a fun sport to try.

There are many variations to the sports I’ve thrown in above, but those are most of the bigger fish the Olympics will be frying for the next couple of weeks. Which ones will you be watching? Or will you be watching at all? What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Olympic Magic

  1. I loved this so thank you! My wife and I are Olympics junkies – summer and winter. We’ll stay up late into the night watching the games in prime time even though we already know the outcomes a lot of the time given the time differences and the incessant reporting that happens on television and the internet.

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    1. Yay Anne! I’m glad you enjoyed my rundown! So Often I’ve been too busy to do more than glance at the tv news doing a rundown on the outcomes of the olympics. I was really excited to so a little digging into the backstories of some of these sports, especially the one about the women’s Jamaican bobsledding team and the skeleton. I finally had a chance as well to sit down and watch a big chunk of the opening ceremonies, and I haven’t had time to do that for years. It was delightful to hear a little more about so many countries and their athletes and the challenges they face. Go Olympics 🙂

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  2. I am reading Gravity by Julianne Rich while watching the Women’s ski jumping. It is a great book for reading a about back ground information. And the information given by Sarah Hendrickson to add a more realistic view

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  3. We are also Olympic junkies and have been staying up late and getting up early to watch our faves (which are pretty much everything). We have great TV coverage here in Canada. Enjoyed getting up at 6am this morning to watch our Canadian mixed doubles curling team win gold. Loved reading your summary – thanks!

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  4. Caryn, I love that Canada is providing you all awesome coverage. Ours here is okay, but I think we could be doing better, especially if NBC didn’t have a monopoly on it. Go you guys!!!!! Congrats Canadian mixed doubles curling!!!!! YAYYYY!!!

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