I'm sad to see you go. I have loved you from the time I was very small. Every four years, I get to learn something new, like curling. I just figured out the sport this year watching the Canadian and Swedish women battle it out. It makes me wonder how a fairly simple game that probably started with a bunch of ice fishermen sliding things across the ice into someone's hole ended up such a strange and graceful display of precision. (Note: I do not know how curling was invented, but that's my best guess.)
I really enjoyed hockey this year. While the gold medal match was a heart breaker for us down below, boy it was exciting to send that game into overtime. I love hockey. I watch a lot of college hockey, and watching the Olympics is amazing because the international game is so much better than the NHL game. (Note: the NHL game has gotten better post strike.) It is a lot of fun to see amazing skaters focused on a clean game instead of conflict. Man, it's so exciting.
I was riveted by cross country skiing. I watched the competitors collapse at the finish line, completely spent, and I was amazed that they redefined "giving their all." What a feat of pure athletic power. It's unbelievable.
But more than anything, I love seeing all the flags. I love that the world can stand shoulder to shoulder with one another, be happy, and have fun. The Olympics is everything that is good about living in such a diverse planet. I can't wait for them to return.
What was your favorite Olympic moment this year?