I have come out of my Olympic cloud and routine of staying up way too late and waking up early for two weeks. What else are you suppose to do during the Olympics? I even stick to this schedule during the summer Olympics, alpine events are still my favorite to watch.
At the beginning of the games I was watching a women’s speed skating event, when a German woman got to the start and false-started. She then got another try and did it again. Just like that she was out of the competition. I wanted to scream. I could feel the heartache she was going through. I wanted to reach through the TV and tell her it was okay. Millions of people are still proud of her, but at that moment no words can comfort you. I remember my Olympic moment where I was a favorite in my event and then in a second it was gone. My mom came up to me and all she said was, “what a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Thanks mom!
We didn’t get to see any of the women ski jumping events. It saddens me because no matter the result, Americans want to see Americans compete. Especially If it’s history making.(It was the debut of the event in the Olympics.)
I must admit I am relieved that the games finished and seemed to go off without a hitch. Okay well, maybe the opening ceremony lighting of the rings didn’t go as planned. But, if that was the worst thing that happened, these games were a success.
I’ve been asked about the snow conditions and weather in some of the events. Do I think it was fair? Do I think it was a bad place to hold the skiing? Did “unknowns” get lucky? First of all, your not an “unknown” if your in the Olympics. Next I would say, everyone had the same conditions. Also, it’s an outdoor sport, fog and sun can come in and out at any race at any time. This is why as an athlete sometimes World Cup overall titles are a bit more meaningful. Olympics are great but it’s one day ANYTHING can happen. For instance, Bode Miller is still a rock star!
Okay with that said, did Ted and Mikaela get lucky? No, they are simply the best. They can deal with any condition, it’s what skiers train for. Bode, Ted, and Mikaela are amazing. Julia Mancuso and Andrew Weichbract had great performances. It’s an incredible feat to perform under pressure on a world stage and make it happen, congratulations to every athlete and their performance!
I always love the time the Olympic fever that comes with the games. I watch with anxious anticipation. The best part is watching them with my boys. You can start to see them thinking, “can I do that some day” or “I want to be like him/her.” I bet it is like this in most households. This is were the dreams begin.
As the Olympic anticipation was beginning with the personal stories and commercials, my most proud moment was a story about Mikaela Shiffrin. Even though I didn’t reach the highest goal that I started dreaming about as a kid-watching the Olympics and becoming an “Olympic medal winner” I was flattered to see the acronym on Mikaela’s helmet A.B.F.T.T.B. (Always Be Faster Than The Boys) I still try to live by this and I’m happy I made a difference!
See you on the slopes!