Anybody Watching the Winter Olympics?

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Anybody Watching the Winter Olympics?
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Sun, 02-09-2014 - 3:38pm

I'm glued to the TV at all hours, as if I have nothing else to do.  DH and DD are shaking theri heads at me as I practice ice skating moves around the house.  This wouldn't be so much of an issue if I hadn't severely sprained my thumb and badly contused my knee while ice skating last month with the grandkids. I'm finding I enjoy more of the winter games than I do the summer ones.  And as usual I'm getting all teary-eyed.

Does anybody know anybody competing or ever been to any of the games?  Any other couch potato athletes out there?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 02-09-2014 - 5:35pm

I'm watching some of it. I saw some figure skating on Thursday night, and an assortment of events on Saturday night. I usually watch figure skating when its on (even in non-Olympics years) but not the other events so its cool to see something different. Kind of makes me feel old.....I was watching the Women's Mogul event and thinking how hard it must be on the body, not how exciting it looked!

I'm hearing how some of the ski and snowboarding courses are more "extreme" and dangerous than usual. Does the Olympic committee have to approve them? Its heartbreaking for those athletes who work so hard to get there then get injured in practice and its all over in a second; and the ones who don't get hurt are saying that its scary. I saw the downhill ski course and almost got vertigo on my couch LOL. Since you've been watching a lot, have they discussed this?

I don't know anybody who's participated, but my brother used to swim competitively and a girl from his team went to the Olympics back in the 70s---how's that for degrees of separation?! And I've never attended an Olympics but I've been to one of the venues, the velodrome from the 1976 Montreal Summer Games...it was turned into a nature museum called the Biodome (and is really worth visiting if you ever go to Montreal).

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Mon, 02-10-2014 - 11:29am

I actually have a cousin (his grandfather & my grandfather were brothers) who was on the 1990 US Olympic hockey team--now the funny part is that I have never met him--we even went to the same college, but not at the same time.  I did know his grandparents but my father wasn't one to really keep up with the extended family even though we lived in the same state.

I was out on Friday night & forgot to watch the opening ceremonies.  I usually like that even though it does seem to take forever for all the teams to walk in.  Yesterday I was doing nothing in the afternoon so I figured I'd see what was on and of course it was something very boring--cross country marathon and biathlon.  I really like the skaing.  I watched a little at night but of course in prime time they usually arrange it so the interesting skating things that people really want to see are pushed out to 11:00 or later.  I like the summer olympics better because they have a lot more sports that I like.

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Mon, 02-10-2014 - 11:33am

Watched part of the opening ceremonies (they were ok).  Saw that cute little 15 year old Russian skater yesterday - she was truly amazing. Definitely never knew anyone, or anyone who did know someone in the Olympics.

Sue

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Mon, 02-10-2014 - 12:35pm

I'm not a huge fan of the winter olympics although I did watch some of the figure skating the other night, including that amazing 15 year old Russian girl. I prefer the summer olympic sports like gymnastics, diving, etc. The son of a gal that used to go to our church got close to going to the olympics in track several years back - I think he made it all the way to the final qualifying race. That's as close as I come to knowing anyone that's gotten that far!

Pam
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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 2:23am

My husband follows as much as he can.  I am easily distracted but I do like to watch the ice skating.  I particularly enjoy the ice dancing, but I like to watch all the ice skating events if I can park myself on the couch for that long.  I also enjoy the opening ceremonies - it's interesting to see how the different countries create their own extravaganza!

I just learned today that Sage Kotzenberg, the American who won the first gold medal of the games, in the snowboard slopestyle, is the nephew of one of my colleagues.  She was so excited to show everyone his photo today - pretty cool!

                        Calmama54, from the beautiful


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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 12:19pm

Oh Kelly Clark, who is in the women's snowboard halfpipe tonight, is my friend's cousin (a friend I met through IV).

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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 10:43pm

My uncle participated in the 1936 summer Olympics.  He was a gymnast on the pommel horse, and the rings.  He and my dad were first generation American--my grandparents were Czech, and were very involved in the Sokol, a gymnastics organization.

Even tho he didn't win, the family was very proud of him.  He never talked about the politics of it.  

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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 8:37am

DH was very active in Sokol in Chicago....

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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 1:06pm

I really need to turn this stuff off.  I had the 18 month old grandbaby with her hands behind her back pretending to spped skate, then doing twirls.  Of course, I was right in there with her.  And I watch it during the day on the cable channel, then the same thing comes on at night and watch it again, as if there will be a different outcome.  I like all the sports.  DD19 is wrapped up in it and says she's going to compete in the Summer Olympics in swimming.  Her Olympic idol is Dara Torres.  I'll bet she hasn't thought about swimming since she mentioned it two days ago, LOL!

Now I'm off to do some exercising so I can move around without looking like a wounded elephant.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 02-14-2014 - 11:07am

When my DD started taking gymnastics (she was 5), she looked at me seriously and said "well I do NOT want to be in the Olympics."  lol

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