Saturday, February 13, 2010

First medal, thanks be to god 

Great, Jenn Heil won a well-deserved Silver in freestyle skiing and a wonderful performance it was.
I'm happy for her, and also for us, because now we won't have to brace ourselves for a dreary round of media stories that Canada hasn't won a medal yet quel horreur!
One of the things I love about the Olympics is the chance to see sports that we usually never see, like freestyle skiing -- and when Canadians do so well it is a bonus. These judged sports can be problematic, but at least there is a time element for this one to help keep things in line. And American Hannah Kearney's Gold was well deserved -- she was fearless and expert and lucky, the three essential elements to win in sports.
And, surprisingly enough, the short track relay was NOT invented by the same men who designed 43-man squamish, it just looks that way.

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