2010 Winter Olympics

I cannot believe the 2010 Winter Olympics are tonight. I have never been a die-hard spectator of the Olympics but I can truly appreciate the amount of determination and strength that these athletes have in them. The thought of going to the Olympics would be a dream come true for anyone, and everyone that is strong and talented enough to actually make it deserve their own recognition. These individuals are heroic!

Facts about the Winter Olympics:

  • The first Winter Olympic was held in Chamonix, France in 1924
  • Norway has won the most medals at the Winter Games – 263!
  • Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years.
  • Speed skater Bonnie Blair has won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games. That’s more than any other American athlete.
  • The Winter Olympic sports are alpine skiing, biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting), bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing), skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.

I am so proud of our very own Washington State participants. We have a total of 11 going! I even went to High School with one of them, Torin Koos. He was a few years ahead of me but I did graduate with his sister, Kari. Torin is competing in Cross Country Skiing.

And I am sure you are all aware of Apolo Ohno – he is nationwide superstar! But it was destined to be; he even grew up on Olympic Drive. How ironic!

Here are the participants from Washington State:

Will Brandenburg, Alpine skiing, Spokane

Holly Brooks, Nordic skiing,Seattle

J.R. Celski, Speedskating, Federal Way

Patrick Deneen, Moguls skiing, Cle Elum

Nicole Joraanstad, Curling, Kent

Torin Koos, Nordic skiing, Leavenworth

Apolo Ohno, Speedskating, Federal Way

Christian Niccum, Luge, Woodinville

Bree Schaaf, Bobsled, Bremerton

Jeremy Teela, Biathlon, Tonasket

Karen Thatcher, Hockey, Blaine

I want to wish all of the participants a very safe and healthy competition. May all of your dreams come true!

I do love watching the snowboarding events, specifically the half pipe. What are your favorite events? Are you planning on watching the Olympics?

ztashaz

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4 Responses to 2010 Winter Olympics

  1. How exciting, My former classmate is speed skating for USA Team: Jordan Malone…Denton, Tx!!!

  2. Madeline - Greens and Jeans says:

    I am a HUGE fan of the Olympics! Fun fact? I actually got to carry the torch when it was on it's way to Salt Lake City!

  3. Carbzilla says:

    We heard today that some of the curlers had trained by our house! We'll probably have them on in the background tonight. Hubby will definitely watch snowboarding as it's his thing.

  4. Adrien says:

    we're throwing olympic parties up here! lot's of us are athletes and then tomorrow I'm heading to Van to get in on some of the excitement! no tickets- but still should be fun- you should get to Vancouver for a day trip and check it out!

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