I was certain that I was not going to be watching the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games for hours on end! I mean my “to do” list was so full that I envisioned watching a few “summaries” here and there…except… I watched a bit of curling, and learned more about how they score the game. I also watched the ice-dancing and marvelled at the grace and skill displayed. The sport that mesmerized me – and that was over in about 2 minutes – was the men’s ski cross final. Flung into the air and down a 10-foot drop, the 4 skiers zipped up and down a series big-air jumps and high-banked turns racing for the finish line. Two Canadian men were in the final round and I gasped as one landed in a heap after a huge jump. The other Canadian went on to win the gold medal while his fellow countryman left the event on a stretcher. (He’s injured but in stable condition)
I was working away in the den when I heard the announcement for the Canada/USA Women’s Ice Hockey final. I thought I’d just “check it out” for a few moments but found myself absolutely glued to the TV. I was so wrapped up in the game I couldn’t even pick up my rows of mindless knitting! What an absolutely awesome game! The rivalry between the teams was legendary and each team was playing full out. I cringed when Canada got 6 penalties but then the score was tied 2-2 right into overtime and a shootout. The excitement in the Olympic rink flowed right into our living room!
I think it’s a shame hockey games have to be decided by shootouts – just one shot and it’s all over, and that’s after 80 minutes of playing to exhaustion, then each team having 5 shots to win but when still tied, it comes down to one shot – just one – and that’s it. Fini! I was sad the Canadian team lost but happy that they lost just to the USA. The teams were so well-matched and we do have a niece and nephews who are Americans so I could be generous in my praise for their team
I found this a good site to check out more of the history of the games. Just go here:
I expect that each of you has your favourite athletes that you watch and there will certainly be names that will become familiar to the world from these 2018 Olympic Games in PeyongChang. I thought it might be fun to give you a list of names and then the sports and see if you can connect the two. They are not all Gold Medal winners but I think the names will stick with us in spite of the colour of the medals. Give it a try!
1. Kallie Humphries & Phylicia George 2. John Morris & Kaitlyn Lawes 3. Tessa Virtue & Scott Morris 4. Justine Dufour Lapointe 5. Shannon Szabados & Marie Philip Poulin 6) Kim Boutine 7) Cassie Sharpe 8. Samuel Girard
a) Ice Dancing b) Ladies Halfpipe c) Mixed Doubles Curling d) Women’s Bobsled e) Ladies’ Moguls f) Men’s 1000m Short Track g) Women’s Ice Hockey Team h) Ladies 1000m Short Track
ANSWERS: 1-d, [B] 2-c, [G] 3-a, [G] 4-e, [S] 5-g, [S] 6-h, [S] 7-b [G] 8-f [G]
I’d be interested to have your comments about these ongoing Olympics! Do you have some favourite events you’d never miss watching? Some you ‘skip’ but special athletes you cheer heartily for. Leave me a note! I’m off for a week of sunshine but will check in when I’m back. Cheers!
Image (Wikipedia): 2010 Winter Olympic Games; curling team Sweden
By Jonathan Pope from Vancouver, Canada; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 08:43, 24 February 2010 (UTC) (Olympic Curling, Vancouver 2010) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons