What I've learned about the Winter Olympics: There are a lot of events in speed skatingThere are also a lot of events on the downhill icy-slideScandinavians are really good at cross-country skiingScandinavians are even better at cross-country skiing and shooting stuffIn hockey, anything can happen—when you take NHL players out of the equationCurling watches better … Continue reading Weekend Wrap-up Feb 19: What have we learned about the Olympics?
I do. My new favorite is Snowcross. Kind of like downhill roller-derby without the shoving and elbowing. Short track speed skating is always exciting to watch. Now that the Canadian women's hockey team has set the bar high, trouncing Sweden 11-0, it will be interesting to see how they follow that up. Do you like … Continue reading Weekend Wrap-up Feb 12: Do you Luv ‘lympics?
The athletes at the Olympics are the best in the world. the best out of 8 billion people. That's not to bad. I thought I was good after coming in 2942 of 40 000 at the Chicago Marathon many years back. It is an honor for these athletes to be representing their countries, and I … Continue reading OK. Now it’s the final day…
Last night, I was inspired to write a poem which I scrawled in the margins of the crossword puzzle I was doing. The Return I thought I caught a glimpse Of you from afar I don’t know how long it’s been Since you graced my presence Hoping for a visit But hopes dashed In a … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: The Return – A Poem (and The Olympics – Part 10)
Like everything in life, there is a hierarchy. So, in the Olympics there is as well. What is the premier event? If you watched the women's and men's 100m race, then your question was answered. The lights go down. A hush fills the stadium (easier with no spectators). Light show, moving graphics on the track, … Continue reading Weird Wednesday: The Olympics – Part 9?
I noticed a few things while watching the Olympics. To exit the stadium after racing in the heat and humidity, the runners are required to walk up 3 flights of stairs to the waiting media. If you have ever run a marathon, or for whatever reason done some all-out sprints, you will know the last … Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 8: That’s just mean.
If you are not a sports fan, then the answer is yes. For these people, their favorite shows have been preempted, and every channel seems to have somebody racing or competing. If you are a casual sports fan, then you are probably getting a chance to watch some interesting sports. In an earlier post, I … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: The Olympics – Part 4: Tired of them yet?
In most team sports winning gold and bronze are worth celebrating, but that second-place silver is a punch in the gut. Watch the final game between third and fourth place and see an ecstatic group of players winning the third-place bronze medal. Then watch the gold medal game to see a dejected bunch of silver … Continue reading Weird Wednesday: The Olympics – Part 3
When the NHL decided not to send their players to the Seoul Olympics, there was a group that benefited: The amateurs. For many, this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine playing in the minors knowing that making it in the big leagues was a long shot at best but getting … Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 2: Amateur vs. Professional
It’s all about the athletes, isn’t it? Well, maybe it’s about the opportunity to acquire or upgrade facilities to train the athletes, which is what the games are about. Or perhaps it is to put your country into the spotlight so that the world can see what great things you are doing for your athletes, … Continue reading Monday Musings: The Olympics-Part One: What’s it all about?