Posts Tagged 'Olympics'

More Olympics, more events, more medals…

Pretty much like the title says !

Olympics, events & medal ceremonies

I’ve managed top attend a view of the events, some more exciting than others but I’ve taken my camera along to all but one so here are a few pics;

Luger death makes prime time viewing

Yesterday lunch time I was at he deli counter at the local supermarket when the server mentioned that one of the Olympic athletes competing in the luge had died during a practice run.  Its a pretty small town, although currently on the world radar, its still a small town at heart.  To hear the news in a shop on a lunch break is not really that surprising, but I was a bit surprised ta the media coverage that followed.

Not that the death garnered so much coverage, more the fact that they optioned to show his death on  the news.

Repeatedly.

The guy wasnt even cold yet.   Doesnt sit right with me, I didn’t know the guy but I think that if it had been a friend of mine I would have been livid.  At a later date in reflection I could see the justification, but as it stands it seems TV networks rushed to bring ‘the shocking footage’ to viewers.

Not cool.

Olympic torch comes to town

With the winter Olympics now only days away the torch rocked up into town before heading down into Vancouver.   It was enjoyable to be part of a sea of smiling faces, the Olympics conjure up a bit of conflict those who love sport byt perhaps hate the corporate feel that he modern Olympics has.  None of that was evident tonight, just lots of happy people.

5 Best winter Olympic events

With the winter Olympics now less than 100 days away I thought I would have a winter Olympic themed fantastic 5 on friday;

Ice Hockey.  Fast paced and physical game that can change in the blink of an eye, puts grown men on ice, gives them all sticks and then asks them not to hurt each other.  Good luck. 

Ski Jump.  Ever since Eddy the Eagle Edwards practiced on his shed roof for this event I’ve always kept an eye on it.  Must take some serious guts to hurtle down a steep hill, going flying off a ramp and hoping not to die.

Border X.  Fun to watch and fun to do, it gained infamy at the last Olympics when the US boarder (Lindsey Jacobellis)had the gold within her grasp and threw it all away by trying to perform a grab at the final jump.

Skeleton.  Again with the guts, but maybe going head first on a tray down a chute covered with ice should just be called what it is.  Crazy. 

Super G.  I’ve never watched Olympic Super G live before, or any Olympic event for that matter but once you have ski- boarded- fallen on a ski hill you realize what kind of gradient these people fly down at and at what kind of speeds.  There seems to be a common theme of guts or mental illness between winter Olympic athletes.

Runner up was snowboarder half pipe, good to watch but when so much is on the line its almost to clinical and to perfect that really watching these guys practice and trying new stuff is more fun.