I look forward to watching the Olympics, Summer or Winter. I wonder how many people feel the same way? No doubt NBC, who broadcasts them, hopes their ratings will be excellent. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 8 to 25. There will be 102 events in 15 sports, from Alpine Skiing to Luge, plus Figure and Speed Skating, not to mention Curling and Skeleton. Oh, and there will be Ice Hockey. (Not to be confused with Boxing-on-Skates which occurs in the NHL.) For me, the Olympics are a source of entertainment, amazement (Are people really going to ski cross country how many miles?), and appreciation of human athletic achievement.
To help you prepare for the Olympics’ arrival, here are some highlights I remember enjoying from previous Winter Olympics. How many do you remember? And what new memories will be created for us this year?
Jean-Claude Killy; 1968; Alpine skiing; He entered 3 events: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and earned Gold in all of them.
Peggy Fleming; 1968; Won Gold in Ladies Figure Skating; It was the only Gold medal the United States won at 1968’s Olympics. The country’s entire Figure Skating Team had been killed in an airplane crash in 1961.
Eric Heiden; 1980; Speed Skating; He entered 5 events: 500, 1,000, 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 meters …winning them all; He won more Gold medals than all but 2 nations; In 1991, he completed his education as a Doctor.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean; 1984; Ice Dancing; In their long program, they skated to Ravel’s Bolero; Their scores were the highest figure skating marks of all-time, including 12 perfect 6.0s.
Bonnie Blair; Speed Skating; She competed in 4 Olympics for the United States; 1984, 1988 (winning Gold and Bronze medals), 1992 (winning Gold medals in 500 and 1,000 meters), and 1994 (winning Gold medals in 500 and 1,000 meters again); She became the first American woman to win 5 Gold medals.