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Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's hard to believe the Olympics are over, isn't it? I'm not sure what we'll do with our evenings now; we've forgotten what the regular TV schedule is.

I really enjoyed the games, and I also learned a few things. Like, I will never be a cross-country skier, that there's a sport that combines skiing and rifle-shooting, and that freestyle alpine skiiers can bounce off the slope and finish the hill without a concussion. I learned anything can happen--and usually does--in speed skating , that the relays are just confusing, and that curling is, well, a sport?

The oops moments are painful. Like in the opening ceremonies when the olympic torch didn't quite operate. Or when the Dutch speed skater came in first, but lost the gold because he failed to switch lanes. Or when the skier flipped over the starting gate before his run, ruining his chance for a medal right out of the gate. Literally.

But you know what I like best about the games? Stories about the olympic athletes. Go figure. I like hearing what it cost them to be there, what they've overcome. Personal stories make me cheer harder, no matter their nationality.

Figure skating is my favorite event, so it's no surprise that Canada's Joannie Rochette's performances were my favorite Olympic memory of 2010. How can you not cheer for a woman who skates to bronze only 4 days after her mom's sudden death? Other favorites? Ohno's 6th medal, USA men's hockey tying up with 24 seconds on the clock, Kim Yu-Na's beautiful long program, and Shaun White's second halfpipe, which ended with a stunning, and completely unnecessary, Double McTwist.

What were your favorite Olympic moments?

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 10:03 PM  
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At 11:09 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

My favorite moment was Julie Mancuso's celebration of a great performance when she flopped onto her back and kicked her legs like a little kid. To me that was the epitamy of true joy. Too bad the network commentators always seemed to spoil such special moments.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I saw that, Ruthie! So fun. Those athletes work so hard to get there, you just want them all to do well.

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

Didn't get to watch as much as I wanted, between Jr H, girl's volleyball games and practices and church stuff I was lucky to watch any thing.

I did watch the men's half-pipe and seeing Shuan White make his double McTwist was pretty cool!

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

Shaun White was my Olympic moment. And of course, the ice skating, I enjoy the pairs, so much fun!


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