February 22, 2010
Have You Been Watching the Olympics?
The Winter Olympics aren’t usually that exciting to me…but, I have to say, I’ve been really into watching them this year! All the drama and hype has been great, and it doesn’t hurt that the USA has been dominating in the medal count, either.
This year, the Olympics are in Vancouver, Canada (about 2 hours from Seattle, if that makes any difference to you). It has looked so beautiful, too! I’m so jealous. I live in California where there is one season all year long. Seeing so much snow makes me want to live there…and then I remember that it wouldn’t be 70 degrees every single day, so my mind changes a little bit.
Anyway, as of right now, the USA leads in medals with 24 (7 gold, 7 silver, 10 bronze); but, Germany is quickly catching up (they have 18 right now), so we’d better hope we don’t give up this lead! All of the activities in which we have won medals have been insane, by the way. First of all, there was a ton of drama surrounding men’s figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysacek’s win over Russian skater Evgeni Plushenko. Apparently, Plushenko got all mad that Lysacek won the gold without having performed a quadruple jump, and called his performance mere “dancing.” What I’m about to say might be unpopular, but…who cares?! Honestly, it’s men’s figure skating, and Plushenko already has a gold medal from the 2006 Torino Olympics. Calm the eff down, buddy.
My favorite event so far, though, has been the Men’s Halfpipe in which Shaun White won the gold medal after just his first round (where he got a 46.8). So after he had already won the gold, Shaun still had to perform his second run–we could hear his coaches and teammates telling him just to “have fun” with the run since it didn’t matter at all. Instead of just BSing it and not caring, Shaun debuted his much-anticipated secret move, the titled “Double McTwist 1260.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you should go find it. WOW. His second run was so great (and so crazy) that he did even better, scoring 48.4. Craaazzyyy.
It’s also been a lot of fun to watch the speedskating events. Even though the women from the Netherlands kind of dominate their category, it’s always really exciting to watch the American men (especially Apolo Ohno, Shani Davis, and J.R. Celski) in action. I think there are a few more of their events to look forward to, so let’s hope we keep the medal count going!
I could go on and on–especially since I basically skipped over skiing entirely, which is a major part of the Olympics–but not all the excitement can ever be summed up in so few words. I can’t wait for the next week of events!! It’ll be sad when they’re over…
P.S. The USA vs. Canada hockey match last night was insane and great and made me wish I watch more hockey.
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am