24 years ago I attended the winter Olympics in Norway. I wrote about it here.
It was an experience of a lifetime. 1994 was the year of the skating drama between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Since Tonya was a local celebrity here in Portland Oregon I knew quite a bit about her life. Flash forward 24 years and the movie ITonya brings it all up again.
Nancy and Tonya’s drama was difficult to watch on the big screen as it was 24 years ago. I saw in person their practice on the Olympic ice rink. Now looking at the recent movie and the TV special on Tonya the expression “You Can’t Make This Up” comes to mind.
At that practice Nancy and Tonya went to different sides of the rink to get coaching advice and to blow their noses. I remember cringing when they passed close to each other on the ice.
Doubtful there will be that kind of drama this year. There really is enough drama in risks of physical harm!
It was cold in Norway. Pyeonchang looks to be even colder. As spectators to many of the events it is just standing in the snow watching the athletes whoosh past. It gets really cold.
I was so cold I wore all the clothes I brought. Really I had on 2 coats, 2 sweaters, 2 pair of pants, etc. We found some friendly Norwegians who let us warm up next to their fire built in the snow. Also there was a pad vendor doing a booming business selling a bit of barrier from the snow under foot. I hope the same is found in Korea.
Remember that old tag line from the Wild World of Sports show, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”? That quote to me sums up the Olympics. Watching the athletes, hearing their stories, seeing the rising stars or the unlikely winners makes the winter Olympic viewing compelling.
I am hoping the games are fun to watch and not politically charged. For the athletes these few days are the culmination of years of training. No one wants their achievements overshadowed by politics!
Are you watching the Olympics?