Friday, February 19, 2010
I don’t watch much television, but I’m CRAZY about the Olympics! It combines so many magical elements: Drive, courage, athleticism, personality…
I think the USA is currently in the lead for metals in the 2010 games, but I love to see other countries win--the host country, the tiny countries, the underdogs. I’m ashamed to admit it, but there are nations competing that I’ve never even heard of. I believe there are 83 countries in the line up. 83!! How many of those can YOU name. If I could think of 30 it would be a miracle of biblical proportions. Try to find Montenegro on a map. How about Herzegovina? I have a vague idea where Latvia is located. It has a population of a little over 2 million. That’s less than we have in Minneapolis, but the Latvians won silver medals in the men’s double luge.
And let’s talk about the luge (and the skeleton, where they go down HEAD first) How do they even think of these sports? Who says to their little girls, hey, you know what you’d be really good at? Lying perfectly still on a sled and shooting downhill at 90 plus miles an hour.
Skiers hit approximately the same speeds. Did you see Lindsey Vonn’s alpine race last night? Four women crashed before her. They hit that course like a train wreck. Can you imagine standing at the top of that killer mountain waiting for your turn and knowing your friends are sliding down on their faces? How does one get up the nerve for that? Especially when you’re already injured! Serious head trauma would be the only thing that could convince me to give it a try. Luckily, serious head trauma is a definite possibility in most of the winter sports.
And yet 250 otherwise intelligent athletes will be competing. Jamaica has a one man ski team. San Marino, a country completely surrounded by Italy and possessing a population of 29,973 citizens, is sacrificing a skier . The Reed family of Connecticut has three Olympian contenders; Cathy and Chris, who are siblings, will compete for Japan. And sister Allison is on the roster for Georgia.
It’s all mesmerizing for a person as ridiculously competitive as myself, but the ice skating is my favorite. Everything about it captivates me: The costumes, the grace, the personalities, the spins, the lifts, the choreography, the tears…the men. :) I’m blown away by it all.
But what about you? What’s your favorite part of the games?
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