The greatest show on Earth
I'd give anything to be at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics this year; kicking myself for missing the chance to get a ticket. But with the Winter Olympics returning every four years--2014 in Sochi, Russia--and the Summer Olympics sitting comfortably in between, there is never any short supply of Olympic competition and an opportunity for future attendance.
I am so inspired when I see these young athletes following their dreams and doing what it is they love; what they work so hard for all year round, year after year. All of the hours of training, the miles, the structure, the dedication, the obedience (a cross-country/biathlon athlete trains 6,000 miles a year). The condition of their elite bodies is exceptional, and if that's not enough to make you want to stop eating potato chips and start hitting the slopes/ice/track, then I don't know what will. Rocketing down solid ice alpine mountains at 70mph, torpedoing down the luge track at 90mph, or soaring 40ft vertical on the halfpipe. Not even I have that kind of audacity. In fact, competition makes me absolutely batty, but I still love it. Clenching teeth and tensing up muscles, my insides just wriggling as these short track skaters like Apolo Ohno kick major Olympic tail. But with every ounce of determination, and with every Olympic medal, sometimes, comes tragedy. And even in defeat, these Olympians are still the greatest athletes in the world.
- If you were a Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympian, what would your sport be?
Mine: Cross-Country, or Snowboarding (with a little more practice).
- What Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic sport(s) gets your adrenaline pumping?
Mine: Halfpipe, Short Track, Alpine, and Cross-Country