The Winter Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympics are nearly over, and we’re doing pretty well, and by “we” I mean Canada. Gold medals in both Men’s and Women’s curling, a Gold medal in Women’s hockey, and now we’ve advanced to the finals and are set to take on the Swedes for the Gold medal in Men’s hockey. After a nailbiter of a game against the U.S. where we squeaked out a 1-0 win this afternoon, Team Canada plays again at 7:00 am Sunday….
I prefer the Winter games to the Summer games personally; more team events, and the events seem to take longer. Track and Field races in the summer can be built up all week, but are over in under fifteen seconds, kind of a let down if you blink. I love watching the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge; the speed skating is pretty fun too. I’m not too big on the skiing events, and I don’t really know the difference between ice dance and figure skating, but isn’t that what the Olympics are kind of all about? A chance to experience these sports that we don’t normally see? Obviously you still watch and enjoy your favourite events, but seeing the variety is nice.
The Silver medal is a bit of a double edged sword sometimes I find, especially in team events. Watching the women’s curling yesterday Bronze medal winning Great Britain felt a lot happier than Silver medal winning Sweden. As the old saying goes, you don’t win the silver, you lose the gold.
I find that I quite enjoy watching curling on television these days. I’m more familiar with the rules now, but still haven’t got much of a clue as to the strategy behind the games. Still I really enjoyed watching our Canadian Women’s team (led by Jennifer Jones) go undefeated on their way to the Gold medal and the Men’s team (led by Brad Jacobs) defend our Gold from the Vancouver 2010 games. It’s kind of funny because it is the one sport in the world that doesn’t need slow motion replay!
Of course on the opposite end of the spectrum we have the hockey which is obviously my personal favourite. It will be interesting to watch the future of Olympic hockey as the NHL may not be sending players over to the 2018 games in Korea. It may lose some of the interest, as all the big stars wouldn’t be there, but it may bring things back down to a more “normal” level, and have actual amateurs again instead of professional players. It may also see the rebirth of international tournaments like the Canada Cup or the World Cup of Hockey.
It was pretty frustrating having to watch the game today with only live updates on my computer at work, because I really wanted to see this one. A rematch of the Gold medal game from four years ago, Canada with incredible defence but seemingly in a scoring drought this tournament against the Americans and their high powered offence. The game ended 1-0, with only a single goal in the second period by Jamie Benn, and I did manage to watch the last four minutes of the game. It was tense, but I don’t know what I was really worried about. #WeAreWinter, #WeAreHockey, hashtags that have been prevalent these Olympic games. Also, we already beat Latveria, and they’ve got Dr. Doom….wait, what do you mean we played Latvia?