We are an Olympics-watching family. You may remember when we watched the 2008 Summer Games and the kids made lapbooks. We are watching the 2010 Winter Games now. Though we aren’t making lapbooks this year, we are still learning a ton about Canada, the winter sports, the athletes, and the countries.
I just have a few observations to offer regarding these games. First of all, props to Canada for a very cool opening ceremony. NBC is doing a fantastic job of representing Vancouver as THE place to vacation for culture, relaxation, beauty, cuisine, and fine skiing. I think I’d love to visit, but I’m not sure my southern blood can handle the cold.
Second, the winter sports are CRAZY. The things some of these people do, and the speeds at which they do them….it’s just insane. I think the only sport that hasn’t made me gasp or scream is curling. And not because it isn’t exciting — it is! After reading the curling wiki page, I understood it a bit better and was able to get into the competition the other day. But the downhill, snowboard cross, half-pipe, luge, speed skating, hockey, and figure skating make me hold my breath, gasp, sigh, cover my eyes, shout, and applaud. The things these people can do are just amazing.
Third, I LOVE how the equipment and attire for these Olympics incorporate the various cultures of each sport. This is best seen in the snowboarders. Their clothing definitely reflects the skateboarding culture and fashion. The ski suits look like blue jeans and flannel shirts! That’s just cool.
Fourth, have you noticed that each sport has its own lingo? The curlers talk about hogging, sweeping, hammers, and guarding. The snowboards use words like cork, mctwist, ten-eighty, and run. Last night, Parnell and Richards said something about having to “tap into the eye of the tiger.” What was that about? And the snowboard crossers have berms, gap jumps, and drops.
I wanna know — are you watching the Winter Games? What’s your favorite event?