Sunday, February 12, 2006

My Olympics Obsession

The Olympics have finally begun! I anxiously await sitting for hours in front of the TV watching curling and thousands of people skate around on the ice in speed skating, figure skating, pair skating, hokey, etc. It's Olympic time that makes me feel patriotic.

I always like a good game, but it's always more exciting to be rooting for someone. I went to a Angles/Yankees baseball game in LA, but didn't mind who won. It was a beautiful stadium and a perfect day to set the tone for a great game. Half way through I wondered why I wasn't more enthralled... I LOVE baseball! I came to the conclusion that it's not quite as fun if you don't have a team to cheer for. It makes you more invested. That's why the Olympics are so great.

When you see certain sports you know little about (for me it's curling), it makes an otherwise channel-flipping-worthy-sport fun to have someone to cheer for. It makes it that so much better to not just be cheering for your state or area, but to be cheering for you country! How great is that folks?! It makes me feel united with my country to know that every one around the USA is cheering for the same team.

I love watching every sport I possible can for the Olympics. The winter Olympics have less coverage than the summers unfortunately, because I miss the two cable channels that have solid Olympic coverage all day and night. It's so amazing to watch these athletes, that are the best in the world, compete against each other. It makes you want to take up speed skating, or the long jump, or curling! Well, ok maybe not curling...

What a great tradition. You can't help but love it.

6 comments:

cathy said...

you should totally take up curling! it's kinda like shuffle board and you totally kicked my butt at that!

Rachel Irene said...

Cathy - Let's keep the shuffle board playing on the DL. I already sound like I'm 83 as it is... but let's face it, shuffle board rocks!

Missy said...

I don't know about you Tartan folk, but pretty sure I had to learn curling in 10th grade gym class in Polar Arena! Where else besides North St. Paul do you learn to CURL in high school?!?!

PS Shuffle board on cruises is essential to the all-around cruise fun-ness!!

MBerg said...

Where else besides North St. Paul do you learn to CURL in high school?!?!

Rural North Dakota.

Rachel Irene said...

Wow... I'm actually associate with people that know how to curl. I thought this day would never come.

Rob said...

I've always wanted to try curling... I had the option once at Gustavus... a couple of friends of mine who curled went to Mankato to do it and ivited a bunch of us... too bad I had to work on my thesis. I was watching women's curling last night and it was Japan v. USA... I didn't understand it.