The Winter Olympics. When people become an expert in sports that they haven’t see in four years (or ever).
I’m guilty. There are some sports that are covered on a regular basis, while others, unless you have a decent streaming/cable package, do not get as much media attention between the games.
There are some very enjoyable events to watch, and of course, cheering on your athletes is key.
But, if you want to sound like an expert, here are some handy phrases to toss into the conversation:
- Freestyle moguls: “There is some separation in the knees. That’ll cost them points.”
- Curling: “I don’t think that guard is going to protect the shot rock.”
- Bobsled/Luge/Skeleton: “Whoa, they took a high line on that corner.”
- Figure Skating: “That was a perfectly executed triple lutz.”
- Ski jump “Ohh, they didn’t hold the V long enough.”
- Speed skating: “Did you know that the judge can only stop the race and force a restart in the first lap?”
- Snow cross: “Those guys are craaazzy!” This is also applicable to any of the snowboarding/freestyle events.
- Cross-country skiing: “No, they don’t have to stay in those grooves.” (Cuz, someone’s bound to ask)
- Women’s Hockey: “Yeah, Canada’s going to win.”
- Men’s Hockey: “If the NHL would have sent their players, Canada would win, of course. But think of how exciting it is for these amateurs and semi-pro players to be able to compete for a gold medal? Remember how happy they were to win a bronze medal in Pyeongchang? And isn’t that what sports should be about? What if—” (by this time nobody is listening to you anymore, so just get up and ask if anyone needs another beer.)
What’s your favorite event to be an expert in?
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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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