Au revoir et merci beaucoup Canada
We have thoroughly enjoyed the Winter Olympics, in fact it's been pretty much all we've watched for the past fortnight (Brit word = 2 wks). They started with a terrible tragedy and a moving opening ceremony, and went onto to be one of the best ever.
I think the added skill and daring involved in performing a sport on snow or ice, makes the Winter Olympics exceptional viewing. I can watch the Summer Olympics and dream that with alot more effort I might have been a swimmer or runner. But there's no way I could ever have made it as a figure skater, bobsledder or downhill skier. Now Curling on the other hand the Hubster and I both think might be right up our alley!
Canada has been a magnificent host to the Olympics and now the baton passes to London and it has some big boots to fill. Apart from a lack of snow at first, these games seem to have gone without a hitch organisationally, despite terrible tragedy and emotional highs and lows. They have also made me long to visit Canada someday having seen the amazing scenery.
Highlights included Shaun White winning gold, with a truly amazing display of snowboarding and attaining heights above the Halfpipe that were hard to believe! Apolo Anton Ohno becoming the USA's most decorated winter olympian, despite the fact that his sport is crazily unpredictable. Seeing Amy Williams of Great Britain win the gold in women's Skeleton, our first gold since Robin Cousins in 1980. Watching Bode Miller come through finally and win olympic medals he missed out on 4 years ago. Enjoying the US mens bobsled team finally win gold after beating the seemingly invincible Germans.
The drama of Evan Lysacek's stunning skating free program deservedly winning gold, and the ensuing national 'pout' by Plushenko and Russia. The most moving moments came with Canadian Joannie Rochette overcoming tragedy after her mother Therese's sudden death. The courage and dedication she showed were inspirational, and it was impossible to watch her hold it together through her short program without shedding a tear with her at the end.
We were in awe of the Mogul skiers and the numerous knee surgeries they all seem to have, but still they keep going! We decided that cross country skiers are probably the fittest athletes in the world, and we wondered what makes anyone want to travel at over 90mph on ice on a sled! We found ourselves fascinated again by Curling, the accuracy involved and teflon shoes.
For us the funniest moment was listening in on the conversation between Shaun White and his coach, when they realised he'd won gold on his first run and the pressure was gone.
His coach about his 2nd run "What do ya wanna do?"
Shaun laughingly said "I dunno man, just ride down the middle?"
His coach "Nah you wanna get out there, double McD and stomp the shit!"
NBC "We apologise for the language but this is live and emotions are high"
Too funny and a down to earth moment from a great athlete and thoroughly likeable star.
It's been a great Olympics, a credit to Canada and a fitting tribute to the memory of Georgian Luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili.
Did you watch too and have some fave moments?