Happy Olympics! Its that special time of year where the world unites to see who wins the gold and who falls in the preliminary. This year's games are already shaping up to be memorable, from all the controversy to everything that's gone wrong in the first two days! I love the Olympics, especially the Winter Olympics. Everyone has their favorite event, but for me its always been the figure skating. I like the snow boarding and the skiing and even the curling (which I totally don't get, but its fun to watch them play with brooms), but the figure skating is the best. There's many reasons for my favoritism. It falls right into my wheel house. Flashy costumes, music, drama queens, its the total package!
And the stories! The craziness that happens! The whole Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding thing happened when I was in middle school, which is the perfect time for a girl to get obsessed with random sports drama. And obsessed is the perfect word to describe my friends and I during that Olympics. We watched every news story, performance and interview. Thank God social media didn't exist then or we would all have flunked the 6th grade!
But my favorite part about the Olympics and figure skating in particular are the memories I have of watching them. My parents and sister and I would watch every performance, no matter where we were. I fondly remember watching Kristie Yamaguchi win the gold from a hotel room in Lincoln, Nebraska. I don't remember why we were in Lincoln, but I do remember having to hide in the bathroom during her long program because I was too nervous for her.
But the best memory I have of the winter Olympics is one of my dad. Every time the Games came on, he would start warming up for his legendary single sauchow, his interpretation of the jumps the skaters do. I don't know if you have ever seen a 6'1'' man attempt such a jump in the middle of his living room sober, but it was pretty hilarious. We always cried with laughter once he would land. It freaked the cat out every time and he always claimed he pulled something, but it was the highlight of the games.
Obviously I grew out of this diehard Olympic obsession a little bit. I can't really name anyone on Team USA, but I will still tune in to watch. My husband isn't a huge figure skating fan, but he tolerates it for me. I haven't seen my dad's sauchow in a few years, but I may have re-enact it for the child one of these days. After all, its tradition! What's your favorite Olympic event?