Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Late Nights

This middle-aged woman is suffering from a severe case of not-enough-sleep vs. chronic insomnia. While it is true I only get about 4 to 5 hours of "good" sleep each night, this week has been much worse - and I blame it all on the Olympics.

The entire family has been staying up until midnight the past few nights, trying to soak in all the snowboarding, down hilling and figure skating we can. Of course, the big event from last night was reigning world champion figure skater - Evan Lysacek - winning GOLD!! This is the United States' first Olympic men's figure skating title in 22 years! He was awesome! And as my daughter continually told me, he looks like Christian Bale, from The Dark Knight (Batman).

Another favorite of Christine's was Daisuke Takahashi from Japan - he gave his country their first ever Olympic men's podium finish taking BRONZE after the free skate final. Defending champion Yevgeny Plushenko of Russia had to settle for SILVER and although he is a "severe" looking competitor, you have to admit there is someone compelling about watching him on the ice.

One of my favorite events was the men's halfpipe. Snowboarding superstar and defending champion Shaun White won the Olympic men's halfpipe GOLD Wednesday, clenching the gold on his first run. Then for an encore presentation, he included his secret, gravity-defying Double McTwist 1260 in his victory run. You've got to admit, the boy's got style!!

I have the utmost respect and awe for Lindsay Vonn and her fantastic skiing skills, but I'm a little tired of hearing about her "injury." From listening to all the other competitors from throughout the different sports disciplines, everyone has injuries they have to work through. I can't help but think she keeps talking about her injury so that in case she doesn't live up to her hype, she has a readily available excuse. However, it was awesome when she won the women's downhill GOLD on Wednesday. I really hope her wipeout last night in the Alpine Skiing doesn't effect her performance in the upcoming Super G Combo. But if it does, the break away skier, in my opinion, is Julia Mancuso with her back-to-back SILVER medals.

And what about Shani Davis?? He became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic 1,000-metre speedskating GOLD!! He is one fast skater! I can't wait to see him in his next few races, especially the 5,000 meters.

Which brings up to Christine's favorite winter athlete, Apolo Ohno - after winning medal #6 in his first race here - SILVER - he is poised to pass fellow six-time medalist Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. Ohno has three more chances to medal in Vancouver, starting with Saturday's 1,000 meters. The 500 meters and 5,000-meter relay — the U.S. men have qualified for the final — are next week.

With another full week of Winter Olympic Competitions, I'm afraid my increased lack of sleep is not going to end anytime soon, although, maybe I'll be able to catch some "power naps" over the weekend.

USA - USA - USA - USA - USA !!!!!

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