Well, Roger, you were half right when you guessed that this week my word would be "exciting" regarding the Olympics! But ha ha...I thought of the word "events," too! So here are a few of the exciting events that lucky ticket holders are getting to experience - hey! there's another "e" word! I have chosen videos that are as short as possible as you might get bored, but here goes:
LUGE: One of the most dangerous of the winter sports, you've probably already heard of the death of the Georgian athlete. I don't want to put anything like that on here, but here's a sort of animated version to show what it's like going down that slide!
SPEED SKATING: This year, Christina Groves put Canada on the map with a Bronze medal in the 3000 meter speed skating at The Richmond Oval.
MOGULS: The most exciting thing to happen so far during the Olympics is that Canada won its first gold medal on home soil - ever! Alex Bilodeau won the men's moguls on Sunday! The excitement was palpable at the Medal Ceremonies on Monday night.
FIGURE SKATING: My personal favourite is the figure skating because both my daughters were involved in it when they were young. As such, I'm familiar with the terminology, the spins, and the jumps. Unfortunately, our pairs team only made 5th this year, but we're still rooting for our Ice Dance, Men's, and Women's teams. Go Patrick and Joannie!
There's also all the skiing, snowboarding and skeleton events, the biathalon, and Canada's favourite event - hockey! Both our men's and women's teams are in good form and are expected to be in the medals, hopefully gold for both! Here is the lineup for the Canadian Men's team - a lot of you Americans might be surprised as to who's on the team!
So there you have just a few of the exciting events that the world is focused on this week and next. Hope you enjoyed your visit. To see more contributions to ABC Wednesday, just click here.
Oh, and as this goes to press, Canada's medal count is 2 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze.
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- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.