Top ten tuesday … winter olympic games

January 26, 2010 at 12:03 am (Olympics) (, , , , , , , , , )

There’s only 16  days until I’ll be cheering on the US in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

If you’re like me then you may not know that much about all the events during the Winter Games.  Of course I like figure skating – Women’s the best.

So, allow me to teach you … Top Ten Tuesday Style!!

1.  Biathaloncombines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.  Really.  I’m sure there’s a story behind that but that just sounds strange!!

2.  Bobsleigh – Just watch Cool Runnings for a history lesson in thisI totally loved that movie growing up!!

3.  Cross-Country Skiing – Oh my gosh.  Have you ever done this? I remember making the mistake of taking a cross-country path in Colorado once … I mean that’s like walking with 8′ shoes! (I guess because it is!)

4.  Curling – consists of two teams pushing 19.1 kilogram stones towards a series of concentric rings or circles on ice.  Pushing stones? That seems rather Flintstones-ish to me, but it began 500 years ago so I guess it was!

5.  Luge – Racing on an open, fiberglass sleds luge racers lay on their back & steer using their legs & shoulders.  They brake by sitting up and all events are timed to the thousandth of a second. That means they’re going really, really fast!!

6.  Nordic Combined – This sport combines a ski jumping portion followed by a free-technique cross-country race.  Using pack-racing strategies, the athletes cluster into “trains” that chase down other athlete trains!  That just sounds like a game my 4-year-old would make up!!

7.  Short TrackSpeed skating with tight corners that make it difficult to maintain control.  Otherwise, skate at your own risk because the person next to you might very well take you out!

8.  Skeleton – I’m sorry, but I don’t want any part of an event with a name like that!!

9.  Ski Jumping – Athletes ski down a long ramp and launch into air at speeds up to 95 kilometers per hour.  Or 59 miles per hour … through the air.  Flying.  Off a ramp!!

10.  Figure SkatingAwe it sounds so peaceful & beautiful to watch … doesn’t it?!!  I know it’s probably just as dangerous as the others, but it definitely sounds prettier!

So there’s the info at a glance.  You’re officially ready for the 2010 Olympic Games … Go USA!!

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Through the eyes of a three year old

August 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm (2008, 3 year olds, Olympics) ()

Ok, so he hasn’t even been a three year old for a full week yet, but still he’s three.

We’ve been watching some of the Olympics – are you??  Women’s gymnastics is my favorite.  I still remember watching the women win GOLD when ATL hosted in 1996 – I was on vacation with the family in FL.  I can also get into some swimming & soccer.  And then there’s Bob Costas … I love all his “stories” each night.  I can pretty much root for anyone after he gives their background story.

So back to the three year old – in between catching the events that I enjoy, by default you usually end up seeing some others along the way.  Most of which he’s never seen before (some of which I haven’t or can’t even comprehend why they’re Olympic sports anyways)!!  So in his mind he has these questions and concerns:

Beach Volleyball:  “But why don’t they have their shoes on.  They need to have their shoes on so they don’t get hurt.  And what is all that writing on their swimsuit?”

Women’s Gymnastics:  “But where are there pants?  Why don’t they have their pants on?”

Fencing:  “What are they wearing?”  (Can’t answer that one exactly – I think they look pretty silly too & I DEFINITELY don’t understand that “sport”)

Can’t wait to see what questions come out of sync. swimming or power walking!

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