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09 February 2006 @ 04:17 pm
winter olympics  
Even though Australia doesn't have a very big team (and hence minimal television coverage), I am strangely excited about the 2006 Winter Olympics, that begin tomorrow night (Saturday morning for us). It's strange also because I'm not a big sports fan, I don't even like watching it, but the Winter Olympics make me all excited. Skiing, bobsleighing, and most of all, figure skating.

I used to be obsessed with figure skating. Ever since 1998, the Nagano Winter Olympics when I saw Tara Lipinski beat Michelle Kwan (the favourite) for the gold medal, I was enchanted. The jumping, the intricate footwork, the gracefulness, the music, the costumes. I would stare at the tv, just awestruck, and I would read and buy books about the sport to learn what I could. I even took lessons for a little while. I couldn't say exactly what it was about the sport that I loved so much, just that it fascinated me.

I didn't watch as much of the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, because of the time difference the coverage was mostly played in the middle of the night and I didn't have a fast internet connection to watch it over. Even this year, there hasn't been much advertising etc over here about the Olympics. There is more about the Commonwealth Games, which are in Melbourne in March, which is understandable.

But I still have Winter Olympic fever.
I am downloading program guides, bookmarking sites where I can watch streaming video replays at work.
I might even get up at 5am to watch the opening ceremony on Saturday.
storto on February 9th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
I'm excited too.. there's something fantastic about the Olympics.. I love it.
apfelsaftapfelsaft on February 9th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
I'm excited as well & I feel very much the same way about figure skating :)

It's been shown over here quite extensively on the BBC. God bless the BBC :D

In my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey: lost: lullaby / vsyourghosts on February 9th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
its funny i like the winter olympics too. im not a huge fan of either but i like watching the winter one. the summer one doesnt thrill me much. though the diving can be fun.
Meikosasayaku on February 9th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm beginning to hate the Olympics on my part!! :P
I have to move to Turin at the beginning of March to work with a professor there, & looking for a room is so complicated now. I need to go there to see some rooms tomorrow, even if it's the first day of the Olympics, because I have to travel to Paris afterwards... & the Italian newspapers are talking about no-global demonstrations & lots of police agents in the streets... I hope it's not so bad.
But I like figure skating too... :)
bianbian on February 9th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
I got obsessed with the Winter Olympics in 1994, when they were in Lillehammer. I'm wearing a sweatshirt from that year right now. LOL Its amazing that its so old, yet still looks fine.

Do you know Babs from Torino? She's working at the Olympics this year, lucky gal.
m.mothlight on February 9th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
ooh, i love watching the figure skating :-)
naganosilver98 on February 9th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see Michelle Kwan compete in Torino. Do you know about the Michelle Kwan Forum or cruelladekwan.com? You may be able to get some videos of Michelle from there during the games, or at the very least be kept up-to-date.

PS: Found your lj from ljseek.com doing a search for "Olympics". My sister made the MK Torino icon you're using :)
jessicasea__secret on February 9th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
i <3 figure skating, too.
love graffiti dancing in the streetsurban_ballerina on February 9th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
i dreamed of becoming an ice skater when i was a youngin. I was absolutely positively knew what I was going to be doing growing up. i would watch it obsessively on tv, it seemed like magic. And then I realised our small town didnt even have a rink. I took up four wheeler skating instead. It wasnt quite the same and didnt lead me to exciting places.
i went ice skating for the first time last year and i loved it. that little girl was loose for one evening. i cant go often though as even though I pick things up fast and are graceful in those type of sports, adrian is the opposite, I dont think anyon has ever seen someone worse than him and even after hours, and people helping him he still couldnt manage. It's funny watching a full grown man hang onto the barriers!
I know now that my career is over, I have too much to catch up on! I hired out 'Ice princess' by Disney (its a very lame movie) and watched it even though it was lame and boring (not one of disneys best) because it was so great to watch with my added imagination, hopes and dreams.
prophetess666: Justice_Kittyprophetess666 on February 10th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
I live in Salt Lake, and funny enough, I stayed at home during the Salt Lake games in 2002. In my defense, I was moving into my house so I was super busy and TVless...

but at the same time, I feel like the Olympics from an American perspective aren't always what I want to see. Everything is so pro-America in our coverage, I hate to see it be turned into nothing but a competition that "we're" winning...I like the sportsmanship and stuff like that of it though