The beginning of the latest Winter Olympics became official with the opening ceremonies Friday night at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia under somewhat somber circumstances due to the death of twenty-one year old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. My condolences to his family in their time of grief.
I love the Olympics. I think it is great that a competition exists that allows athletes from all over the world to test their skills against the best. Few things can say that they have evolved throughout time to stay in touch with the sporting world as it changed and evolved without giving up the original competitions that the Games are known for.
However, there just is not enough time in the day to watch all the competitions that I would like to; too many time demands make it impossible to see much more than the highlights on ESPN. Were I to pick just one event I could not. I would have to pick two- women’s alpine skiing and snowboarding.
This would be the part where I tell you some story about how I always wanted to ski, but growing up in Texas it was not something that I ever had an opportunity to do (it just does not snow enough). I could tell you that story, but it would be an out-right lie. My reason for wanting to watch those competitions is much simpler and, well, probably a little sexist too (but I’m a guy; what do you expect?).
Those babes are hot.
Lindsey Vonn has been the darling of the media so far. It helps that she happens to be one of the best in the world on a pair of skis as well as being drop-dead gorgeous. Sadly, the poor thing is injured, but then again that has gotten her pretty face on TV more (check her out in Sports Illustrated).
After the X-Games, the U.S. looks to be poised to sweep snowboarding led by the gorgeous duo of Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler. Like Vonn, they too are absolute knock outs that also happen to be the best in the world at what they do.
Of these three beautiful women, Hannah is the only one to have won Olympic gold before; she beat out Gretchen in 2006 in the half-pipe event. Lindsey will be competing in her third Olympics and has yet to win an Olympic medal.
Beer: Starkbier from the good people at Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren, Vermont- this brew is a German beer lover’s dream. Made with German malts and hops as well as a special strain of ale yeast this beer has a pleasant creamy feel to it to go along with a solid wheat taste. At 8.1% ABV, it will not take many beers for those lucky enough to be at the Games to warm up.