I enjoy the Olympics just as much as the next person. I like watching Team USA do feats of strength and endurance with a finesse I will never posses. For many reasons, I could never be an Olympian and I think that is why so many people love to watch sports. You never see the world coming together over an international math competition, now do you? Anyone could learn the basics of math, but not everyone can learn how to bobsled or snowboard.
There are some sports that just frighten me, however. Skeletoning (is that even how you say it?) is one for example. You could not pay me any amount of money to go head first down an icy, fast track. Nope, never. Another one that scares me is ski jumping. The thought of free flying through the air and hoping you land just right so as not to crash is not appealing. But, the athletes make it look so simple, elegant, freeing.
I’ve had a few pleasant surprises while watching these winter Olympics.
- Curling is actually very interesting to watch because it’s mostly strategy. It’s almost like ice chess because you have to plan ahead while also be able to shift your strategy in the moment. Not to mention those with the brooms always have funny leg movements as they frantically follow the stone down the ice.
- Watching Shaun White win the Gold with the sweet tricks he did just blew me away. And the double McTwist 1260 was just sick, guys.
- The bobsled track is incredibly fast and the two-men sled event reminded me of watching Cool Runnings as a kid.
There have also been some surprises that were a bit more shocking:
- Kristie Moore of Canada’s women’s curling team is 5 months pregnant. I think that if I were that baby, I’d go around telling people that I competed in the 2010 Olympics.
- I also am unsure why Vernon Davis of the 49ers is the honorary Captain of the USA men’s curling team.
- Also, why is Michael Phelps being interviewed during these Olympics? I know he holds a record for the most gold medals won, but he’s a summer Olympian. I guess I’m glad he’s enjoying himself.
What have been your favorite events? What has surprised you?