The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will come to a close in just a few days. I’m curious to hear if you’ve been watching, and what your favorite events have been.
Mr. Handsome and I don’t have TV service, and our antenna transmits every news channel but NBC, so a friend graciously gave us their login to watch online. We have enjoyed tuning in to the games for a couple hours most evenings.
All the events are impressive, and some are quite frightening. I’ve always been especially freaked out by the luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton. Can you imagine traveling down an icy track at speeds up to 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour) with nothing but a helmet to protect yourself? And to think that competitors in the skeleton ride head first, with their faces only inches away from the ice. I just couldn’t. I think I would pass out from sheer terror.
|Skiing with my brother, 2013|
Out of all the events, I have most enjoyed watching anything that involves downhill skiing. It brings back memories, as my dad, brother, and I went skiing several times each winter while I was growing up.
There’s nothing like soaring down a steep slope, knees bent into a squat position and head down, at speeds as fast as your skis will carry you.
The weather didn’t always cooperate (on the coldest day, it was a balmy -16F/-26C when we hit the slopes in the morning), but we covered everything but the tips of our noses (see photo to the right) and always managed to have fun.