Now that we're in the depths of winter (although the 40-degree weather in New York this past weekend was surprisingly good), I usually hunker down and hope that I don't get SAD. But there's one thing that I am looking forward to: the Olympics.
The 2010 Olympics will be in Vancouver this year, and they start Feb. 12. I will admit that I really love the summer Olympics, with the swimming and diving (when I was 9, I had hoped to compete in the 200-meter freestyle swimming event, but alas, I never made it), but the winter Olympics bring us the skating (figure and speed, love them both) and my personal favorite . . . curling.Yes, curling. I discovered this odd sport through the Olympics several years ago and now have this fascination with it. Do I know the rules? No. But I can figure it out: a guy slides a big rock down the ice, two other guys sweep the ice in front of it so it moves better, and it has to go into a sort of target area and preferably push another team's rock out of the way. Is it exciting? Not exactly. But it's so odd that I find it intriguing, and I usually end up rooting for one team or another. I did find this website that explains the basics, and this is the site for the US Curling Team.
Stephen Colbert even tried out for the US Curling Team on a recent episode, and because I can't embed it, here's the link.
Louise Penny actually had a woman murdered during a curling match in her book A FATAL GRACE, proving that perhaps curling may someday be mainstream. Or not.So if you get tired of watching the figure skating or the bobsledding, go here and see when there's a little curling action taking place at the Olympics.
What's your favorite winter Olympic sport?