Monday, February 20, 2006

The Olympiad, and watching people have fun.

The last few days, I've caught snips of the Olympics- women's gold-medal hockey here, curling qualifier there, long-jump skiing over there- and I noticed one interesting thing about it.

People are having ablast. American sports can be so serious, so life-and-death, that to see someone truly just thrilled to compete is incredible. It feels so good. :-)

Citius, Altius, Fortius, ladies and gentlemen. Faster, Higher, Stronger. May it always be.


Blogger Bainwen Gilrana said...

The key is, they aren't being paid.

2/21/2006 8:38 AM  
Blogger Tirithien said...

Very true indeed. US Men's Hockey, 1980, composed wholly of collegiate players, won Olympic gold. Men's with pro players has yet to return there.

2/21/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Bainwen Gilrana said...

But the Canadian men's team is also pro....

Then again, the Czech team who won in 1998 was mostly not pro, or at least not NHL. It can go either way.

This year I would count Slovakia a contender. They have that hunger to win.

2/21/2006 10:00 AM  
Blogger martie said...

I love to watch the figure skating! I can't figure out why those skaters keep getting younger and younger looking to me though! LOL! Some of them seem to really be having fun out on that ice.

2/22/2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger Tirithien said...

They are getting younger, Martie. :-) It's not just you. Nowadays, 30 is considered O-L-D for a pro figure skater. Gone are the days of Fleming and Hamill competing in 5 Games. Only exception would be Kwan, and even she isn't up to that standard.

2/23/2006 12:52 PM  

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