Let's Talk with Terry Ambrose
Talking about the Winter Olympics
Are you a Winter Olympics fan? I tend not to be much for watching sports on TV, but somehow I found myself caught up by some of the sports. The half pipe competitions, slaloms, even ice skating were exciting and fun to watch. Curling? No go. Cross-country skiing, ditto. The last one is odd because way back when we lived in Idaho and Washington, we loved cross-country skiing. So what changed?
It’s all a matter of perspective
I can remember cross-country skiing in Canada one winter when I was coming down with a lung infection. Despite the fact that I was sick, I found following a small trail through the forest an incredibly freeing experience. There was even a moment or two of trepidation when we wondered if we’d somehow lost our way.
But watching cross-country skiers go around a track (albeit, a big one), making lap after lap, just didn’t do much for me. So, I suppose the difference between enjoying being out there on the trail and watching it is all a matter of perspective. I wonder if curling would be the same way. Perhaps, but something about curling just doesn’t do much for me (despite the fact that we were big on bowling back in those early days.) Somehow, watching pins get smashed around and fall isn’t quite the same as seeing a stone get bumped. (Okay, I guess you have to try it to appreciate it.)
I’ve never ice skated, yet I found myself fascinated by the various competitions. I watched, enthralled, when Nathan Chen performed his long program and won the Gold. His skate was, truly, a work of art. He might have even made me a fan of ice skating outside of the Olympics. Maybe. We’ll see.
What are your favorite Olympic sports?
So, my question is, are you a Winter Olympics fan? Summer? Do you like certain sports? Or are you totally in for all of it? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a Kindle version of one of my books. I look forward to hearing from you!
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