Sunday, February 14, 2010

Olympic FEVER!!!!!

I am in my element -- I've been glued to the telly watching the Olympics and all the excitement and drama....

Last night, watching how Canadian Kristi Richards had a terrible fall, then pulled herself together and stared down at the finish line for a few seconds before getting back on her skis and torpedoing down and doing a perfect back flip!!!! WOW!!!!

THIS is sport!!!! Seeing the look of complete focus -- real focus and concentration on these athletes faces inspires me beyond belief. Hearing about the obstacles some have overcome -- some physical (injuries, etc.), some mental (self doubt) and then to see each athlete give it their all -- WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Watching the women's ski mogul last might was breathtaking -- even watching the women's hockey game was awesome. I am sooooo excited to watch the women's hockey team when they REALLY start to play. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even the speed skating was taking my breath away -- I love how I am learning so much about these different sports -- and to see these athletes at the top of their form -- REALLY peaking -- unbelievable!

I LOVE THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah, and I really, truly don't care if Canada wins a gold medal on home soil or not. Medals are bonuses -- just qualifying for the Olympics is a huge achievement. Harping on about how Canada has never won a medal while hosting the winter Olympics reminds me of all the "first" attempts on Mt. Everest. (Or Chomolungma if you want to split hairs.) It starts bordering on the ridiculous:
  • The "first" Canadian, Korean, South African, whatever to summit Mt. Everest
  • The "first" amputee to summit
  • The "first" double amputee to summit
  • It goes on and on....
I mean, talk about looking at the glass half-empty --- Look at all the strides Canadian winter sport has made -- all the successes, and instead the focus is on some random negative fact. They really had to do the research to get a negative fact to trumpet all throughout the Olympics...

Here are all these amazing athletes, and the headlines read, "Canada is the only country to not win a gold medal while the majority of Canadians were sitting down to dinner, answering the telephone, or while checking their email." GEEESH!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't bother trying to reach me -- I'll be busy watching the Olympics!! :) :) :) :) :) :) (And crying at all the corny cheesy Tim Hortons and Canadian Tire commercials. LOVE IT!!!!! LOL!!!!)


Cath said...

Yeah, fab eh! I was up at the ski hill at 5.45 this morning cheering on our local skier Emily Brydon - CTV came down to do a piece on local support! There we all were cheering and waving our flags, with free coffee in hand! There were about 100 of us there - not bad eh! There's another slot at 9.15 - I think that'll be a little busier!

Good fun - and what great viewing all round - years of dedication coming to fruition :)

Beth said...

I'm headed downtown this afternoon to take in some Olympic fun of watching events with masses of people in drinking tents! The race lasy night was great. I love the Olympics.

Runner Leana said...

I'm loving the Olympics too, and soaking it all up!! The moguls last night were amazing!!! The men's should be great tonight too!

Susi said...

WE GOT A GOLD!!!!!! LOL. i'm excited for each athlete there because it's just so darned cool.

but i'm the first to admit that i was jumping up and down and hollering when we got a gold, haha. the look on his face and his families faces was just amazing!!

Julie said...

I am totally with you Susi!!! LOL!!!!