Weekend Wrap-up Feb 19: What have we learned about the Olympics?

What I’ve learned about the Winter Olympics: There are a lot of events in speed skating There are also a lot of events on the downhill icy-slide Scandinavians are really good at cross-country skiing Scandinavians are even better at cross-country skiing and shooting stuff In hockey, anything can happen—when you take NHL players out ofContinue reading “Weekend Wrap-up Feb 19: What have we learned about the Olympics?”

Weekend Wrap-up Feb 12: Do you Luv ‘lympics?

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 likeContinue reading “Weekend Wrap-up Feb 12: Do you Luv ‘lympics?”

Thursday Thoughts: The Return – A Poem (and The Olympics – Part 10)

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 aContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: The Return – A Poem (and The Olympics – Part 10)”

Weird Wednesday: The Olympics – Part 9?

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?”

Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 8: That’s just mean.

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 lastContinue reading “Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 8: That’s just mean.”

Thursday Thoughts: The Olympics – Part 4: Tired of them yet?

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, IContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: The Olympics – Part 4: Tired of them yet?”

Weird Wednesday: The Olympics – Part 3

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 silverContinue reading “Weird Wednesday: The Olympics – Part 3”

Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 2: Amateur vs. Professional

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 gettingContinue reading “Tuesday Tidbits: The Olympics Part 2: Amateur vs. Professional”

Monday Musings: The Olympics-Part One: What’s it all about?

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?”