Friday, February 19, 2010

Speaking of Gold

Last night, Lysacek became the first U.S. man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988.

Lindsey Vonn not only made it down the hill without crashing, but took the gold in the women's downhill. Did they set a new record for the most crashes in an Olympic Downhill? We started calling out who we thought would crash. Sad, I know. We were usually right.

Shaun White with his half pipe snowboarding magic.

According to my son, Shaun was the most impressive athlete in the whole Olympics, but then he did insist on staying up with me until 11:00 last night to see the men's figure skating. That was awesome too.
But I have to say, when they did the medals ceremony for Shaun White, my kids kept asking if Shaun was a girl, and then they kept saying that he looked like ME!!!! What? He looks like me? Yeah, mom, he looks like you.
Great. It turns out that my would-be twin is a snowboarding GUY. I have no skills but apparently I have the looks. Uhm, do I really look like Shaun White? Please tell me it's more like I could be his sister or something.
Well, if you haven't picked up on it yet, I love watching the Olympics. And, I have a place in my heart for all the athletes who didn't win gold but took my breath away all the same. Sometimes the world forgets that even the ones not on the podium represent some of the best talent the world has to offer.
Last night I would have given a standing ovation to the skater whose skatelace broke. He left the ice to fix it and then came back on to finish flawlessly. Talk about pressure, but he handled it.
I know I didn't list all the sports. I haven't even listed everything I watched, but hey, that's what the TV is for. All I can say is, GO WORLD. You're amazing.
And, because I'm sort of partial- GO USA! You rock!


A. Grey said...

Here here! :D I wholeheartedly agree... with the Olympics being awesome, not the you look like Shaun White thing... although I'm utterly enamored of Shaun myself...

And here's to folks who stay up waaay too late (12 am for me) just to watch figure skaters and other Olympians living their dreams!

Jill & Jared said...

I watched last night too! It was AWESOME! I love watching the men skate because they do harder tricks than the women. All of them did beautifully.

The downhill! I couldn't believe how many fell!

And I saw the night before too with Shaun White. He's just incredible. The height of his tricks! And when he did his famous one on the last run...WOW. And you totally do not look like him. I think of my Aunt Cristie when I see him. The big red hair and skin. Makes me think of her.

Kerren said...

Well said, Laura! I agree with your enthusiasm and have stayed up way too late absorbed in the amazing strength, courage, and talent of so many. About the look alike issne: a brother, he could be brother, although he doesn't look like any of your own brothers as far as I can tell. I'm glad Carsten finds it inspiring! Time to share things like that with your older kids is important too.

L.T. Elliot said...

I had no idea who Shaun White was. =P

I love the winter olympics. It always makes me think of a time when our whole family came together to root for people or ooh and ahh over the figure skating. =]

kanishk said...

although I'm utterly enamored of Shaun myself...

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