Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010 - deadly mesmerizing

The Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 are simply mesmerizing.

Just look at the figure skating pairs... they are incredible. It's difficult enough to stand straight on both feet in snow. Wonder how the skaters leap, loop & land on blades on ice. And they make it look so easy.

Russians, Germans, Croats and Chinese figure skating pairs... executing beautifully choreographed and painstakingly practised routines. The phrase - practice makes perfect - comes alive in every performance.

At the time of writing, I'm watching the Silver Medal winners (Chinese duo, Qing & Jian) - their set was jaw-droppingly perfect. Apparently, they've been practising & perfecting the fine art of ice-skating from the age of 6!

About the Gold Medal winners (Chinese duo, Xue & HongBo), they are a married couple who came out of retirement last year to try for the Olympic gold medal - their last shot at winning - which has eluded them since they began skating together in 1992. Finally, they have their first (and China's first ever) gold medal in figure skating - a medal held by Russia for the last 46 years. A huge, historic win indeed.

As for the deadly side of the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010, I have to mention the tragic death of Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died shortly after a horrific high-speed crash into an iron pillar, during a qualifying run. A promising young athlete, all of 21, lost in pursuing his passion for sport. A most unfortunate event.

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Incidentally, artificial track Luge is the fastest and most agile sledging sport of all. The Vancouver luge track is the fastest in the world and lugers have reached speeds as high as 97 miles per hour!