That Cee comes up with some great ideas for challenges. This is a “Share your World” challenge, where you answer a few simple questions – this week on the Winter Olympics. I really love the Olympics, I’m not ashamed to admit. For some reason I’m not watching these games. Maybe I’ll start. Since I’m marginally better at winter sports than summer, the winter games have always been a favorite. I really hope you’ll answer some too, either in the comments below or by going to Cee’s page and doing one yourself. Now on to the questions:
- Have you watched or plan to watch any of the 2014 Winter Olympics? Think I’ve already answered this one. I’ll probably catch a little, at least some skiing and maybe a hockey game.
- What is your favorite winter Olympic event? Would you ever want to be an expert in that sport? The Downhill, without a doubt. I’ve gone pretty fast on skis but no way would I ever be able to go that fast. About as likely as hitting a major leaguer’s slider or blocking Terrel Suggs (NFL linebacker). I’d love to be an expert in the downhill skiing, at least down to the giant slalom.
- Have you ever met an Olympic Athlete? Actually two. I ran into a U.S. mogul skier once, in Hawaii, hiking at night to the active lava entering the ocean (of all things). Think she said she won a silver or bronze, but I don’t really remember much (besides the lava and her blonde hair). For a time I knew a multiple gold medalist (summer games) named Mariel Zagunis. She’s still one of the world’s best women at fencing sabre, and has golds from two successive games. I was one of her high school science teachers. I remember giving her homework to do while she was off to Europe or somewhere for fencing tournaments. She always seemed very calm and focused, but otherwise not super-athletic. I think that’s what it really takes.
- Do you have a favorite athlete? Name sport. Currently, I’ll say Haloti Ngata of the Ravens (American football). He’s just so huge (6’4″ 350 lbs) but very athletic and dominant. He plays for my hometown’s team, went to my alma mater (U of Oregon) and best of all, he’s Samoan. I imagine him on a palm-fringed beach, cooking up and eating whole chicken after whole chicken, and laughing. Historically there are several more, but I don’t idolize athletes, at least since I was a young boy.
- What is your favorite exercise or sport? Is there a reason why? Probably cross-country skiing. I love all types, from track skating to back-country telemarking. To go on long tours where you must use all types of skiing technique, plus call upon your navigation and winter travel skills, ability to evaluate avalanche dangers, and your determination, it seems to bring everything together. The fact that it exercises your whole body, you can do it when the weather is good, bad or in between, the zen state it can put you in, its rhythm and grace, the downhill fun; all that makes it almost the perfect outdoor sport.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out Cees challenge and to add your two cents on any one or all of the questions below.