Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympics

Let's face it - the Summer Olympics get all the coverage but the Winter Olympics have got all the action.

The Summer Olympics seem to be all about endeavour, fortitude and honest toil.....simple stuff like who can run faster, jump higher, or chuck various Grecian household objects the furthest. It's all in the highest Corinthian spirit but frankly I find it all a bit dull. I've been known to switch channels midway through a 200m race cos I got bored.

Compare this with the Winter Olympics which is just balls out speed and raw terror. Downhill ski racing....have you any idea how steep that hill is that they ski down? They go flat out for about 2 minutes on the absolute ragged edge of adherence where they could crash at about 80mph at pretty much every single turn they make. You don't get that sort of thing in the 1500m.

The Summer Games have got nothing on the luge, skeleton and bobsleigh racing. This is genuinely deadly stuff as was sadly seen recently. The fearlessness required to fling yourself down a solid ice downhill track at close to 100mph on nothing more than a tea tray is incredible.

How about speed skating? Not only is it exciting, it's actually quite beautiful to watch. Can you imagine watching the 400m where the runners were in danger of being flung sideways off the running track at 40 mph? Now that would liven up the athletics a bit wouldn't it.

The downside? Figure skating. You can't really call it a sport if you get points for artistic impression now can you?

8 comments:

nursemyra said...

haha..... the only part of the winter Olympics I'm vaguely interested in is the figure skating. though I'll probably be too busy blogging to watch even that

King of Scurf said...

As I recall, figure skating tends to dominate pretty much the whole of the 2nd week so I encourage you to check out the speed skating while you can. Far more elegant and impressive with the added bonus of big crashes.

Re your blogging - I'm amazed by the quality and quantity of your output - always interesting.

sabrina said...

I love love the winter olympics as well, and especially, as the good Nurse said, for the figure skating

But one must admit that there are better looking men in the summer olympics *wink*

King of Scurf said...

Saby - have you been drooling over pics of Usain again?

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