The Olympics are the stuff that dreams are made of, so it's no surprise that some of those stories have been made into books and movies for our entertainment. Unsurprisingly, books are my favorite way to escape into these inspiring stories. Much like Theresie Tungilik, I learned the basics of my Olympics knowledge at school....more
Other than the fact that the SAINTS won the freaking Super Bowl...the next best thing about the televised game is always the commercials, right? NOT in Canada. Instead, during every single commerical break, and we all know there are a lot of them, we heard promo after promo like the one above. As if we didn't know the Olympics are in CANADA. Okay, we GET IT. WE BELIEVE. The Olympics are starting this coming Friday...did you know that???...more
I don't normally watch cross-country skiing, but I will be during the 2010 Olympics. I'll be cheering for my fellow Canadian Brian McKeever, the first athlete to compete at both the Winter Olympics and the Paralympics in the same year. You see, Brian McKeever is legally blind.
Last night, the top American ladies took competitive ice for the last time before the Olympics. With only two spots available on this year's team and arguably at least six skaters who could place in the top ten in Vancouver, it was all about who would skate cleanly, perform her best and rack up the most points. And as always, the unpredictability kept the audience on their feet.
Remember Sasha Cohen? She made the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 and finished fourth, just behind Michelle Kwan. In 2006, she was the Olympic favorite and she took home the silver medal. She hasn't competed since the 2006 World Championships and now she's back, looking like she never left competitive figure skating.
In the only major match-up of top figure skaters in the world since last year's World Championships, I felt somewhat let down. Many of the ladies I felt have the strongest chance at a surprise podium position in Vancouver were not even at the Grand Prix Final this week, and those who were did not skate their best. I hope they all get this out of their systems, because the clock's ticking. Ladies take the ice February 23rd in Vancouver....more
Each year, the Grand Prix Final takes place a month or so before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Next week, the event will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The final is comprised of the four figure skating areas - ladies, men, pairs and ice dance - and competitors must qualify through winning medals at a series of six events....more
Jumping has never been my strong point as a figure skater. I was always a spinner, and I was good with musical expression, so I always describe the sport to others as requiring a little bit of everything - especially now with the new judging system. But great spins don't make or break Olympic champions. Jumps do. Especially triples and triple combinations. Triple-triples add up to a lot of points....more
I remember arriving late to a local competition one year and asking a friend afterward how her skate went. She replied, "I cleaned the ice." Perplexed for a moment, I didn't know what to say, but she explained that she fell so many times there was essentially no need for a Zamboni. Ouch. Maybe the rink was cursed for the ladies skating in Kitchener, Ontario because in the Free Skate, they cleaned the ice....more
Take one part Olympic fever, one part the realities of a Canadian winter, one part philanthropy and one part Canadian patriotism all rolled up in red wool and what do you get? Canada's obsession with the Canadian 2010 Olympic mittens.