I’m all about some Olympics. Particularly Winter Olympics. So here we go my five favorite events (and yes, I cheat).
In particular these three: Torah Bright (AUS), Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) and Kelly Clark (USA). If you watched their medal winning performances and bear-hug you would too. It’s no secret I adore board sports and the athletes who partake of them and these girls are shining of examples of why. The cameraderie, the friendly competition and the just awesomeness.
That’d be skeleton, luge and bobsled. Obscure sports unless you’re German or from Lake Placid or Salt Lake City and maybe Squaw Valley…I’m in awe of the dedication because most athletes have to either train without a coach or relocate completely as training is so sparse in most parts of the country. And the speed is pretty awesome too!
3. Ice Dancing
It has become, by far, my favorite of the ice dancing disciplines. I think the precision of the lifts is more complicated not to mention the unison required in the footwork. And it was fun to watch how many different ways the same steps could be interpreted.
No, those aren’t the Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White (who won the first US gold in the sport) it’s Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia during their long program to Madness. Which was both innovative and a gutsy move for Russians so steeped in ballet and tradition. (Also my favorite dance of the Olympics.)
5. Freestyle Skiing: Moguls
It’s brutal and takes skill AND time. And then there are these two. Alexandre and Frederic Bilodeau. Alexandre became the first moguls skiier in Olympic history to defend his gold medal successfully. And both times he did it with his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, cheering for him. He skies for his brother who is not able to. And together they are showing the world how important those with different abilities are.