Sunday, February 14, 2010

Olympic Fever

by Leann

First of all, I was very saddened when I heard an Olympic athlete died on Friday. It just seemed unimaginable that an event that brings the world together in a spirit of camaraderie would begin with such a terrible tragedy. For a while I wondered if I could even watch. But I love sports. Not participating. Just observing.

I tried so hard to be a good athlete in high school, and even though I was a cheerleader for one year, it wasn't all that athletic back then and I didn't make the squad after that one time shot. I'm just clumsy and uncoordinated. But I think it takes a special kind of genius to be good at sports.

When I was young, I lived in Niagara Falls and we had "Hockey Night in Canada" every Saturday. My dad, my brother and I used watch it together in the basement "rec room." (Are there any "rec rooms" anymore?) I think that's when I figured out I loved watching athletes compete. I was in awe of skills I knew I didn't possess. Baseball is my favorite and I love college basketball. Professional golf, which was a big part of my father's life, is very calming for me to see on TV. Especially now that I have high def. This week the tournament at Pebble Beach has had me really oohing and awing. It's like watching a landscape painting in motion.

But the Olympics are very special. Sports I'd never think of watching any other time--like freestyle skiing--are fascinating. And scare the bejesus out of me. Seeing all these wonderful young people so dedicated and disciplined really does a heart good. Unfortunately I am on deadline and this is all very distracting. How many words will I get written while I have Olympic fever? Must write book. Must write book. Must write book ... sorry. Mantra is not working. It's time for the short track 1500 to start. :-)

Do you like watching sports? If so, what's your favorite? (You thought I was going to talk about Valentines and mushy stuff, didn't you?)

19 comments:

signlady217 said...

I'm definitely a spectator, not a participator. I love football (Go, Jaguars!), baseball (Go, Cardinals!), figure skating (Scott Hamilton and Kurt Browning are my favorites) and know way more about golf than I should since I don't play myself (no, thanks!)

I was also saddened by the news of an Olympian's death, esp. for his family waiting back home. I hope there will be no more accidents this season, and the U.S. comes home with lots of GOLD! Should be an exciting competition, and yeah, it's hard to get anything else done for wanting to see what happens!

Andrea C. said...

I am usually not a sports lover- I certainly am not a participator..and there are not a lot of sports I watch (some college basketball and figure skating). However, I love, love, love the Olympics (I like both summer and winter but the winter olympics are my favorite). It is something about the spirit of the world coming together, the hard work and dedication of these men and women - actually I think the Olympics are about dreams and trying to get one moment of glory -who doesn't want that? I get choked up every year, usually more than once, watching them - and I will be glued to the tv for the next 2 weeks!

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Mason Canyon said...

The Olympics are fun to watch, but I'd have to say the only sport I really like watching on TV is football. And I like professional football, not college. Don't ask me why I don't know.
Have a great Valentine's Day.

Dru said...

I always get caught up with the Olympics as soon as I watch one event, then I start watching most of them. The best part is seeing the flag raise while the country's national anthem is played. I also like the spirit of all the participants who come together for their dream.

My favorite to watch are the figure skating events.

Vicki said...

Figure skating is the only thing I'd be interested in watching, and I really haven't been watching enough recent skaters to even know who they are anymore! I was hoping Sasha Cohen was going to make it so I would at least recognize someone. I may try to tune in to see this year's Olympic skaters.

Leann Sweeney said...

So I am not alone. And it's so true about starting to watch just one Olympic event and you're hooked! Love it!

Jessica said...

yeah I'm a watcher not a participator too! I love pro football, figure skating and gymnastics! I just couldn't do the flips and turns that they do! To be able to have the coordination and skills to do it...wow!

Oh, and Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Carol Brown said...

I'm definitely NOT athletic, but I do like watching some sports. I watch most of the Winter Olympic events, but not the Summer ones. (I have never enjoyed just watching people sweat!)I also love watching Major League Baseball (go, Braves and Red Sox, although it's only the Braves I get to watch!), College Football (Go, VOLS!), NFL football (Yea, Dolphins!). Occasionally I'll watch some NASCAR races, and once in a while, some PGA. (Since I work in the Pro Shop at a golf course, golf is often on the TV!) I don't keep up with the pro golfers as much as I did years ago, though, when the big names were Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino and those guys! For some reason, I have NEVER been able to stand to watch basketball. Which makes me a real oddity here in Western North Carolina, where college basketball seems to be the major sport of choice to watch.

Leann Sweeney said...

I am so glad to have found so many kindred spirits! But I have to put in a plug for my teams! Go Astros, Go Syracuse Orangemen and women, Go Texas Aggies,Go Dustin Johnson this week (one of my fantasy golf picks) and yes, GO DANICA PATRICK. She is breaking down some good old boy walls. And she's doing it without there being any question that women can be tough AND sexy. Did I live another life as a sports hero? Hmmm ...

Heather Webber said...

My husband and son have been watching--I heard all kinds of whooping and hollering last night.
I'm looking forward to the skiing--I've never been so it fascinates me.

Katie said...

I love sports. love love love. my dad and I used to spend our weekends sitting on the couch together watching whatever sport we could find like gymnastics, figure skating, football, basketball, baseball. My favorite is baseball (go Red Sox!).

in the winter olympics, I love luge, bobsledding, figure skating, skiing, and whatever I have time to watch.

Sheery said...

I love sports! I wanted to be an ice skater after I saw 'Ice Castles' as a little girl. Unfortunately, I have two left feet and ridiculously bad coordination. It's embarrassing, really. So, I watch and live vicariously.

I also love, love, love baseball and am going to agree with those who have said, "Go Red Sox". It drives my mother-in-law nuts that I am such an avid Red Sox fan (she loves The Angels) but oh well. Once a Red Sox fan, always a Red Sox fan - regardless of geography. :)

Lover of Books said...

I am a huge NASCAR fan and hope Danica proves herself. Yes I am a woman but yeah don't like her one bit. lol

I miss the way things used to be done oh well.

As for sports, not watching the olympics. Just not that into it and just hope Apollo Ohno (sp) wins. :) I don't know many out there but I might watch Lindsey Vohn since she is from Minnesota. :)

Shannon said...

Redwings Hockey and high school football. We live in Texas and it's true what they say about the "Friday Night Lights". Everyone in our small town shows up...whether you like football or not. So from Sept.-Dec. the town is a sea of Orange.
Hockey is just beacause I married a man from Michigan and one week our pastor said couples should have a hobby together. I started watching hockey with him and now, some nights I'm more into it than he is. Love Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry is still around and is a hoot!

Sarah said...

I love watching the Olympics - figure skating is my favorite but I enjoy the speed skating and watching the ski jumps - it's amazing the way they fly through the air!

Sarah

Leann Sweeney said...

Ski jumping looks like so much fun. Probably the closest thing a human gets to feeling like a bird feels when it flies.

Maggie Sefton said...

There's something special about those Winter Olympic events. Maybe it's the element of danger. Those sports are seriously dangerous. Look at the skiiers who do the freestyle events, how high they fly. One bad move or wrong landing and they can break their necks. It's scary and yet fascinating to watch. Maybe that's what draws us to watch those Winter Olympics, plus it's cold weather and we can't really be outside. Even the ice skating can be life threatening. Look at the American Chelski (sp?) who nearly severed an artery speed skating last year. Another inch, he said, and he would have bled out in less than a minute. Yikes! And he courageously went back to race and won a bronze!

Sarah said...

You're right, Maggie, about the danger but it's just amazing to watch them fly into the air. I watched the Men's Figure Skating last night and the way they leap in the air and spin 4 times before coming down is wonderful to watch.

Sarah