Monday, February 3, 2014

5 Olympic Events You Won't Want to Miss

2014 Winter Olympics

Event: Speed Skating

When: Every single day of the Olympics! 
Why: Indoor Speed Skating is one of the biggest contributors to the US Olympic medal count. They've brought home an impressive 85 medals! If that isn't reason enough to watch & cheer them on, Apollo Anton Ohno is making his analyst debut! If you're like me, you watched him back in 2004, 2008, and 2012. And even if you didn't watch him in the Olympics, you might have seen him win the Mirror Ball Trophy alongside Julianne Hough on Dancing With The Stars.

Event: Figure Skating 
When: Pairs begins on February 7th, but the Ladies Individual is on February 19th & 20th 
Why: The drama. Whether it's in pairs, singles, or ice dancing - this is a sport with a lot of drama. Remember when Tara Lipinski swept gold away from Michelle Kwan? What about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding? Yeah... figure skating is the soap opera of the Olympics. 

Event: Opening Ceremonies 
When: Friday, February 7th from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Why: The Olympic Opening Ceremonies are some of the most over the top theatrical productions performed live in history. For instance, take the London Opening Ceremonies. The ceremony cost $44.8 million American dollars, which paled in comparison to the Beijing ceremony, which was near 3 times that much! 

Event: Women's Ski Jumping

When: February 11th 
Why: This is the first time that women are competing in this event! It's been a men's game up until this point & I can't wait to see how the women do! It's pretty intense. The slope they'll be going down is massive & insanely steep. (That is my way of saying, I tried to look up specific measurements but they were all in metric & that was way over my head...) So pay your respects to the ladies & watch them prove themselves in this inaugural event!

Event: Curling

When: February 10th to 19th, with medal games on February 21st 
Why: Curling is always at the top of every American's list. Why? Because it's so exotic. Not in a sexy, foreign kind of way. But in a "who in the hell came up with this game & how exactly does it work?" kind of way. This will be my 3rd time carefully observing the sport & I'll probably be just as clueless as I was 12 years ago when I'm done. But that doesn't matter, I'll still watch and cheer along - which basically means that when the team gets excited, I will too. 

And if you're looking for a more comprehensive guide to the events than I've provided here, check out NBC's Viewers Guide