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.
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!