Ohno! Olympics Fever Has Begun
It's that time again. The time when our family goes Olympics crazy. First it was the beautifully executed (except for that major technical glitch during the torch lighting) opening ceremonies, directed by Australian David Atkins (Sydney 2000 Olympics). It is Olympic tradition for the host country to hold a cultural extravaganza featuring elements of their country's unique beauty and historical milestones. Canada and the U.S. share the longest, friendliest border in the world, and despite this geographical closeness, I learned many knew things about our northern neighbors through this amazing feast for the senses.
Sadly the 2010 Olympics have already had a somber pall cast upon them with the accidental death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a practice run at Whistler on Friday. Despite the officials determining the accident was caused by a human error by Kumaritashivili, changes were made to the luge track, many consider the most dangerous in the world.
Controversy and the Olympics are not strangers, and if it wasn't the sad death of an athlete, it would be close calls on the slopes, bad calls on the rink or internal conflicts with Olympic organizers causing a stir. Sheer volume of high risk competition (far more so within the winter sports) and a greater emphasis on judging is bound to cause problems from time to time, but this should not dampen the overall excitement of witnessing the world's greatest athletes doing what they live to do.
We are especially tuned in to the Olympics, as the patriarch of our family, my father-in-law Ray, has attended every summer Olympics since 1984, and has now added the winter Olympics to his repertoire. It's in our DNA. There is something truly special and exhilarating about combining the thrill of sports competition with national pride, and we revel in the experience.Continued on the next page