Eight years ago(!), DKC and I were in Utah for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. DKC translated for the Slovak national team, so she got a backstage pass pretty much anywhere she wanted to go, and I–being married to her–could tag along. That’s an experience that I doubt many people have the chance to do, and I’m really grateful we could do it. We ate lunch at the Olympic Village, sitting right next to Sasha Cohen, walking past all sorts of other Olympians I recognized from television. She went to the opening ceremonies rehearsal. We went and saw Germany beat Slovakia in ice hockey. Fun times, and hard to believe it’s been that long since it happened.
Tonight, we’ll be heading over to a friend’s house to check out the opening ceremonies. NBC isn’t one of the channels I can get via antenna. But no fear: I’ve figured out a way to stream them live online, so my days of Olympics watching aren’t over. NBC is doing it, and I believe CTV (Canadian Television) is, too. I might even decide to try and check out some coverage in German or Slovak, just for kicks and giggles. One of the things I love about the Olympics is how they bring the world closer together. Once every couple of years, we’re all watching the same thing, interested in the same events, and no one’s dying or killing people because of it (typically). In my book, that’s pretty cool.
What sports do I like? In the winter arena, I go for ice hockey, skiing, bobsled, luge, snowboard, figure skating (for when they fall down–that’s always a guaranteed good time, right there)–pretty much you name it. I’ll be glued to coverage for the next ever, and then in 17 days or so, I’ll blink and wonder where all the time went.
I’m very much looking forward to it.