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Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2006 at 9:27 pm. About Ramblings, Sports.

The Winter Olympics – Part 1

Evan and I have really enjoyed watching the Olympics this year – previously, we (particularly Evan) have not taken much of an interest in the Winter Games, but because of our new enthusiasm for downhill skiing we have been glued to the tv this time around. In addition to our fascination with the alpine skiing events, we have not missed a speed skating or luge event either. By the way, the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver!!! If anyone wants our spare room, speak now. ๐Ÿ™‚

My comment here, ironically enough, has nothing to do with sports, but everything to do with our education system. We have long known that other countries value the teaching of foreign languages. During our April 2005 trip to The Netherlands we were constantly reminded that English was the third language of many with whom we conversed, and their English was nearly as good as ours. Amazing. During the 2006 Olympics, I have lost count of the foreign athletes interviewed by our media sources, and the Gold Medalist always seems to be able to speak English. I suppose English is one of the “universal languages,” and that it would be difficult for our athletes to learn every European language plus several Asian languages, but still – not many of us are fluent in a second language, but Europe has done a damn fine job of ensuring that their citizens know at least two well.

So that is my first point. Point #2: there are quite a few athletes from the Seattle-area participating in the Olympics! Scott McCartney, a 28-year-old from Redmond, has represented us well in several alpine skiing events. He has been our favorite athlete for whom to cheer! Also, Apolo Anton Ohno, the well-known speed skater, is from Seattle. Other athletes from this area include Christian Niccum (Woodinville – luge), KC Boutiette (Tacoma – speed skating), Jeremy Teela (Tonasket – biathlon), Libby Ludlow (Bellevue – alpine skiing), and Kelly Stephens (Seattle – ice hockey). It has been a blast pulling for the locals. ๐Ÿ˜€

By the way, Shani Davis just won the gold medal in a speed skating event, the first African-American to ever win a gold medal inย a Winter Olympics individual event, and the interview he just gave was so pissy. He seriously looks royally pissed off about something. That’s my official coverage of the event from my living room.

More to come… (that’s not a threat, more like a trailer ending)

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