Welcome to Speed….and Olympic Gold..

220px-Olympic-flag-VictoriaNations!  Arise!!  It’s time for the OLYMPICS!!!  WOOHOOOO!!!

Now y’all know I’m a sports junkie.  You’ve heard us joke back and forth those of us bandits who are sports mad here in the Lair.  But whether you’re a “regular” sport crazy person or not, everyone sports-fiend or not, seems to pay at least SOME attention to the Olympics.

If nothing else, the opening ceremony is something outstanding to see.  This year’s opening ceremony was no less a spectacle than any other.  Have to say that I enjoyed the 170px-Veit_Dubiel_2008-11-02Canadian/Whistler, British Columbia Winter Olympic opening ceremony to be one of the best I’ve ever seen.  I did enjoy Sochi with the red balloon and the baby carriages and all the fabulous glistening lights that filled the arena as President Putin declared the events open.  The Torch Lighting?  Yeah.  Always brings a tightness to my throat and a tear to 220px-Snowboarding1my eye.

As to what I want to watch?  Speed skating.  I wanted to do this as a child.  How fun is this, really.  Ice (cold!), speed (Yay!), and good looking men.  Grins.  I loved the sheer graceful speed of it.  The rush.

The only problem was that absolutely no one, in my younger days, taught speed skating in North Carolina.  Ah, well.  An olympic dream lost…220px-Olympic_Bobsled_Run_Lake_Placid2

I would have loved to have skated too, figure skating, of course, although I liked hockey too, even in those early days long before North Carolina embraced its Fabulous Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Team. 

Then there’s skiing.  Oh, the soft shush, the speed, the delicious flash and fun of it.  I loved it long before I learned to actually SKI.  That I didn’t learn how to do until college.  In North Carolina, you learn to ski on ice, for the most part.  And if you can ski in North Carolina, you can ski anywhere.

Now when I moved, in ninth grade, it was to a MUCH colder clime.  They tobbogganed in Cleveland every weekend from October to April.  Grins.  It ALWAYS snowed.  Every winter.  Snow.  Yep.  I loved that. 

I learned more about those “unknown” sports that you ony see in Winter Games unless you 220px-Sports_Illustrated_Miracle_on_Ice_coveractually play them…curling, biathlon, bobsled, luge. 

(As much as I love snow and cold and speed, I have to confess I have absolutely NO desire to go racketing down an ice tunnel feet first on a wire sled.  EEP!!!)

The other stuff though, I’d try it.  Bobsled?  Yep, I’d try it.  Snowboaring?  Yep, I’d go for it.  Wait…I might not go for the whole down-the-hill-fly-in-the-air-ski-jumping thing.  I can see waaaay too many opportunities for the agony of defeat on that one.  Still, most of the rest – even curling – I’d be willing to try.

What about you?  Do you love winter sports?

Do you ski, snowboard, or otherwise strap stuff on your feet and play in the snow?  Snowshoe?250px-Départ_d'un_lugeur

Ever ridden a snowmobile?  Is it really like riding a motorcycle on snow?

Had anyone who plays with us ever done a biathlon?  What is UP with that?  Skiing and shooting….yeah….okay….

What about the ice?  Do you skate?  Curl?  Slide?  Grins.

What’s your favorite Winter Olympic sport? Are you Watching, Avoiding, or  Ignoring?  Grins.

And last but not least, have you ever been to RUSSIA??

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I don’t play any winter sports, but I did once go skiing in Vail. I’m a huge hockey fan. Anna’s team and mine are crosstown rivals. I saw a bit of the biathlon during the Vancouver Olympics and it’s an interesting sport. I like to watch the snowboard events, especially the snowboard cross. One person falls and they can wipeout the others.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! Lucky you for seeing some of the events! Wow! And the snowboard cross…wiping out…yeah, that would be bad.

      An HOCKEY! Yes! One of my hometown’s players is evidently akin to a god to the Russians – Alex Ovetchkin. “Ovie” is gute the guy. Grins.

      Oh, and I think the Rooster will be sneaking into your TV room and watching the Olympics today though. He’s got a crush on one of the Czech figure skaters. Grins.

  • Helen says:

    Jeanne

    I so wish it were cold here LOL again it it so hot I am really over summer 🙂

    I used to do a lot of ice skating in my teenage years (that is where I met my Hubby) but not figure skating I like rushing around the ice as fast as I could back then and really wanted to do speed skating but alas it never happened I have tried skiing downhill and cross country and it was fun but didn’t get me in. I missed the opening ceremony but I am looking forward to watching the highlights on the TV and Australia has quite a few entrants in the games even though we really don’t have athat much snow in this country I say good luck to everyone and favourite winter Olympic sport is the speed skating and ice hockey

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Helen! My speeeeeed sister! That was what I loved about ice skating too – the speed. Grins.

      I saw the Aus contingent as the nations marched in. Not as big as summer, but quite respectable!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    No, no, and no. About the only thing I watch during the Olympics is the ice skating although I did watch the hockey game when the USA FINALLY won.
    I hate winter, I hate the cold and years ago hubby and I decided to not go skiing because with our ( read my) luck, someone would break something and be unable to work for a long period of time. And with 3 growing kids someone needed to be able to work and be able to pay the bills. I will go sledding once a year, if we have a good snow, and right now it is perfect with the snow and ice mixture. Maybe tomorrow. My mother tried to teach us how to ice skate and all my siblings can do it, not me. I CAN drive in the snow though which many people can’t do. Drove through Cleveland to Erie more than once in almost whiteout conditions.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Amy! Well driving in snow – esp that Cleveland to Erie route, with which I”m familiar – is verging on Olympic level sport, for sure! It requires talet, skill, epic concentration and hair trigger nerves. Grins.

      I love to sled for the same reason I love speed skating…the speed! Grins.

      And as you well know, from having hung around with us crazy Banditas for a while I adore the cold, so I’ll hand you the parka and go play in it. You can look at me, pityingly in the heat and enjoy that. Grins.

      Had to LOL about the “break something” bit. One of the reasons I won’t jump out of a perfectly good airplane. I know I will do something stupid and that’s a really bad idea at 3,000 feet in the air. :>

  • Shannon says:

    1, What about you? Do you love winter sports? I’m a summer girl–walking, swimming, boating.

    2. Do you ski, snowboard, or otherwise strap stuff on your feet and play in the snow? Snowshoe? I cannot ski, slide, slump, get up, repet; snoe showing is possible but it’s the most awkward, slow, and cumbersome form of bipedal mobilization that I can think of. Think of clown feet…

    3. Ever ridden a snowmobile? Is it really like riding a motorcycle on snow? Snowmobiling was actually one of the snow pursuits I liked. You could just go and go, and the engine put off some heat, so you weren’t freezing. Some of my favorite memories are going out at night, starting a bonfire, and making smores. (Which may explain my adult allergy to chocolate.)

    4. What about the ice? Do you skate? Curl? Slide? Grins. I skated best when holding onto a chair.

    5. What’s your favorite Winter Olympic sport? Are you Watching, Avoiding, or Ignoring? Grins. — Skaing. I want to be able to do the jumps.

    6. And last but not least, have you ever been to RUSSIA?? – No.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Shannon! OMGosh, allergic to chocolate…what were you doing out there with the smores and the smokey fire? Hmmm? Grins.

      I’d love to be able to do the jumps in skating too, but I’m not that graceful on ice. Well, not anymore. I could probably work back up to it, but…

      That’s very cool about snowmobiling. I really am going to have to try it.

  • Laurie G says:

    Growing up in Wisconsin you are raised on winter sports. I ice skate, snow ski , and cross country ski.

    Yes I have been on a snow mobile.

    I like to watch the figure skating and ice dancing. The skiing and speed skating events.

    I’ve never been to Russia.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Laurie G! Have you ever seen a real curling match? Grins. I really want to see it live and see if I can understand it. I’ve read the rules, watched some on youtube just to try and figure it out.

      (If also done this with Cricket and am still somewhat baffled.)

      I’ve enjoyed Wisconsin when I’ve visited there, but never been in Winter. Of course as much as I love snow, I’d probably like it then too! Ha!

      • Laurie G says:

        I don’t know anything about curling. I’ve only seen a tiny bit of a match the last Olympics.

  • Becke Turner says:

    Jeanne,

    Do you love winter sports? I prefer the summer sports.

    Do you ski, snowboard, or otherwise strap stuff on your feet and play in the snow? Snowshoe?

    I learned to ski a few years back. Never got good at it, but we had a wonderful day and it snowed, big wonderful flakes while we were learning. It was perfect. We also did a hike up the mountain in snowshoes. Fun but major workout. I thought I was in shape. Operative word was “thought.”

    Ever ridden a snowmobile? Is it really like riding a motorcycle on snow? Snowmobiled in a snowstorm at night in Taos. I was frozen and cold. DH drove and loved it. What can I say?

    Had anyone who plays with us ever done a biathlon? What is UP with that? Skiing and shooting….yeah….okay…. Didn’t even know that was a word, let alone the definition. Sounds dangerous!

    What about the ice? Do you skate? Curl? Slide? Grins.

    Learned to skate as a little kid. Great fun with bon fires near the pond. Colder than….

    What’s your favorite Winter Olympic sport? Are you Watching, Avoiding, or Ignoring? Grins. All of it is pretty amazing. Hockey is exciting, but to me, it’s mostly a brawl on skates.

    And last but not least, have you ever been to RUSSIA??

    Nope, but Natgeo has a wonderful piece on Wild Russia-awesome!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Becke! I’ve heard that about snow-shoeing – that its a major workout. Of course people say that about cross-country skiing too. I’ve tried that and loved it, but haven’t tried snow-shoes.

      I’m trying to picture night-snowmobiling in Taos and all I can think of is deseart for Taos, but very cool anyway.

      Isn’t biathlon an odd sport? You have to race like hell to get to a spot, then get your heart rate down enough to shoot at a target cleanly and accurately, then haull ar*se to the next spot. Not sure if there was ever a practical application of this – hunting maybe – but then again, there’s no practical app to much of this! Hahah!

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Let the Games begin! Oh….you meant in Sochi…I meant in the kitties playroom 😀

    The only sport I’ve EVER played was bowling so I do have an affinity to the curling competition..doesn’t hurt that a lot of the participants are Scots 😀

    I love the figure skating. More specifically, the pairs and the ice dancing. ESPECIALLY if the eschew the boring traditional, classical tunes for something cooler…

    Speaking of skating…getting ready to head out and its snowing…again…in Kentucky. Sigh

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Its the Kitteh Olympics! Yay! Do you ever watch the puppy and kitteh bowls during Super Bowl? I love those!!

      And we’re getting that snow system tonight. More snow! Yay!! (Sorry, I know it’s a pain for you…)

      And yes, I adore pairs ice dancing too and love it when they do something cool. And the costumes….barring occasional epic fail in costume land *Russians* Cough *Vancouver* Cough, the costumes are usually outstandingly cool!

  • gamistress66 says:

    I enjoy watching winter sports from the comfort of my comfy couch inside my warm dry house — actually doing them is just crazy talk 😉

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I’m more of a spectator than a doer… 😉 Although I do my share of sliding… intentional or not… 😉

    I do love to watch skiing, ice skating, curling, luge, etc. I will be watching the Olympics when I can. I’ve never been on a snowmobile or to Russia. I could get into the shooting part of the biathlon — I’m pretty handy with a gun… 😉

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey!! USA Has it’s first GOLD!! Won’t say who or what in case you’re wanting to watch it later, but we GOT ONE!!! Grins.

  • catslady says:

    I never really learned how to do any sports when young. My husband was the opposite and did try to teach me skiing, tennis and how to ride a bike but he wasn’t the most patient and I just never did very well lol. I can bowl and play bocci and darts but I don’t really count those as very sporty. I love watching sports. And I love the Olympics. I probably enjoy the ice skating the most but I really do like it all – including the curling lol.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Catslady! Another curling fan! Yay! :> It’s harder to learn a sport or anythign when you come to it later. I didn’t learn to drive stick-shift till I was older. It was much harder than if I”d learned at the same time I leanred to drive. I also didn’t learn to ski till later, but had waterskiied so did all right. :>

  • Deb says:

    Hey, Jeanne! I am not much of a sports junkie. My daughter loves volleyball and is really good as a setter and a libero for her team, so the DH and I have become passionate about vb, too.

    BUT, when it comes to the Olympics, especially Winter Olympics, YES! Love watching the athletes! I like the figure skating and ice dancing the most. I remember the greats from Olympics past. In fact, I just showed a youtube video to my students of Torvill and Dean’s “Bolero” routine a few days ago. I like watching bobsledding and the luge events as well as the ski jumping. Ooh, exciting! 🙂

    I used to skate, but haven’t in years. I can’t remember how to stop anymore and that makes me nervous in rink full of people. 😉

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Toe pick! Grins. Have you ever seen the movie with DB Sweeney, The Cutting Edge? Grins. Hockey player turned ice dancer. Hockey skates don’t have a toe pick. :>

      I love to watch and play volleyball, but certainly not to that level. :>

      And YAY on the ice skating and dancing! Can’t wait to watch. :>

  • EC Spurlock says:

    I LOVE the Winter Olympics. Being in Lake Placid in 1980 for the Olympics there was the greatest moment of my life. There is nothing like the atmosphere. I lived in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics there and it does. Not. Compare.

    I lived 3/4 of my life in snow-heavy Northern places and I miss it something awful. There is just something about taking a long walk in the middle of a snowfall. I always wanted to learn to cross-country ski but never had the money or opportunity. I did love to go sledding as a kid and happily took my kids to the same super sledding hill when we were able to visit family in the winter. They love it too. (Although it took the young one some time to warm up to it. We first put him on a sled on the flat when he was about a year old and he was all “What IS this stuff I don’t LIKE it get me OFFA this thing!”)

    Have never been to Russia but would love to go to find the family we still have over there and see where my ancestors came from.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey EC! I love the snow too. :> And you’re right, that walk in the quiet stillness of a new snowfall is beyond compare. Ha! My youngest is NOT a fan either. Too cold. Oldest loves the sports and play, but he too sin’t a cold-weather lover. I’m the only one in the house who just adores it. :>

      I’d love to go to Russia, just to see it, but if you have famiy there, you should go and find them. I always regret not starting my genealogical stuff just a few years sooner. I could have actually met and talked to a lot of folks that knew cool stuff if I’d just love to know. :>

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Am watching the Biathlon. Wow is that cool

  • Hi, Jeanne–

    I’ve never been on a snowmobile, though it looks like fun. I’m not into winter sports because it’s, you know, cold outdoors when you do them. But more power to you and those who enjoy it. I do love snow. But only for a while. Then I want to go inside and warm up.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Nancy! Had to LOL about it being cold. Yes, yes it is. Grins.

      And wonderful to go back in and get warm with a wonderful honey-bear and some hot toddies. Grins.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    OMGosh, the ice danging is FAB!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve been on a snowmobile when I was younger but they never let me drive. Spoil sports! I also used to ice skate, but haven’t for many years. I’d be afraid I’d break something now or it would require a crane to get me back up if I fell. I like to look at the snow and ice through a window while I’m warm inside. LOL

    I’m watching Olympic coverage as I type this. Snowboarding, ice-dancing and women’s figure skating so far. I really like watching ski jumping, bobsled racing and the figure skating. I plan to watch as much as I can.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Mary! You’re one better than me, Ive not been ON a snowmobile! They let me drive the jetski at the lake this summer, however, so now I’m gunnin’ for the snowmobile! Grins.

      I do like watching it snow from inside the warm house with a cup of hot chocolate. Yumbo!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      By the way, the snowboarding and women’s moguls just about gave me a heart attack. :>

  • Kaelee says:

    I have tried cross country skiing but I wasn’t very good at it. I did like to snowshoe but i’m not sure if I could still slug my way around on them anymore. I could barely skate.

    However I do love to watch the winter games. I will be watching a lot of coverage.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Kaelee! I’m loving the coverage so far. Evidently there’s an App – going to have to get that so I can stay connected to what’s happening in Sochi! Grins.