The Deuce Club, 2.19

by: Peter Bodo | February 19, 2010

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96728523 By Jackie Roe, TW Social Director

Hi there, TWibe! Today's Deuce Club will be short, as I've had my hands full this week - mostly with work, but also the Winter Olympics! I'd be lying if I said it hasn't completely usurped my free time and attention. (I'm watching it now, in the early morning hours, as I write this.) Naturally, it's the topic of today's post. But first ...

As I noted last week, please check out the "IW-Who's going?" discussion topic in our Facebook group, TennisWorld > Real World, if you plan on attending the tournament. Let us know your plans, so hopefully we can meet up. Speaking of meeting up, I have yet to arrange our TW gathering; last year's was held at The Beer Hunter and I think we'll keep that as our locale. Perhaps in the evening sometime during the first weekend. If you have any ideas or preferences for when/where to get together, please share them here or in the Facebook group.

Now back to the Olympics. What a week it's been, huh? It seems like every day we're witnessing a moment or a finish for the ages. And those medal ceremonies! I can't get through a single one of them without tearing up. What has been your favorite Olympic moment thus far? (Don't be surprised if you see this question again next week.)

Watching the athletes, I can't help but alternatively admire and covet their experience. I asked myself, what sport/event would I want to be a part of? I posed the question to my mom, and surprisingly, she answered, "Snowboarding! It must be very fun." (If you knew my mom, you'd be hard-pressed to picture her as a daring, throw-caution-to-the-wind snowboarder.) I'm not sure how I'd respond, though I know I wouldn't excel at those events with a high danger level, like skiing or luge. Speed skating could work - preferably long track, as the chaos of short track is more than my easily-frazzled self can handle. There's something about the gleam of the artificial ice, the clap skates, and the aerodynamic suits that appeals to me. If I had to pick one word to capture its essence, it'd be this: Pristine.

And then there's the allure of figure skating, one of my all-time favorite sports. I've fantasized about being a pairs skater in the past (ladies, you've done it, too, admit it), of being enveloped in an achingly beautiful piece like Albinoni's Adagio as I glide across the ice as one with my partner (as gold medalists Shen and Zhao did). If you can't empathize with the feeling, check out The Cutting Edge and you'll understand!

Now I want to hear about what Winter Olympic sport you'd choose to participate in. If you're blanking on the sports, here's a partial list: Figure skating, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, moguls, snowboarding, speed skating, luge, hockey, bobsled, curling.

Ah, but we're not done yet. Here's a fun twist - what sport would your favorite tennis players excel in, if they were a part of the Winter Olympics? (Feliciano and Fernando would make an impressive pairs team. Or maybe they belong in doubles luge?)

That's all for now. If you haven't been following the Olympics, I hope I haven't turned you away! You're welcome to chat about whatever your heart desires here, including that ol' sport some of us seem to be quite fond of, tennis. Feel free to call matches here until we get another post up and running this weekend. Take care, guys!

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