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Olympic Games Overview

February 16,2010
Julie Deaner
The Olympic Games are under way and day four is just beginning. The Games have been packed with action even before they officially started February 12. Everyone around the world heard about the horrific and sad death of Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia during a training run in the luge event. While the track might not be a problem for the top running athletes, the men's course start was moved up to the women's start. This should slow the riders down by 6mph. You can view the graphic video of the luge accident at ABCNews.com, but I don't recommend it. It's not gory or anything, just sad. Anyways, onto a more positive note. Hannah Kearney of New Hampshire won the first American gold at the 2010 Games in women's freestyle moguls. This was a HUGE upset for Canada. With their front-runner, Jennifer Heil, as the favorite to bring home Canada's first gold medal won on home turf, Kearney stole the gold right from under her nose. And, how bout that record breaking performance by Netherland's Sven Kramer in the men's 5,000 meter speed skating? That kid is a beast! Curling seems to be the big event on the agenda for today. If you ask me, it's more like shuffleboard on ice. Not sure I would consider Canada's popular sport...a sport. A past-time maybe, or even a hobby! Just my opinion. Does it take endurance? Athleticism? Maybe some skill, I'll give you that, but I doubt they break a sweat rubbing those swiffer brooms back and forth. Oh, and another controversy I heard is that Canada wasn't allowing athletes from other countries as much practice or training on courses as their home athletes. Hmm...I don't know if that is official, but it sure is a little shady! I look forward to watching the rest of The Olympic Games and seeing the final outcome. What are your favorite events to watch? Are you rooting for any particular athlete? Skeleton is one of the craziest events to watch. I mean, you can't be sane if you want to run, jump, and slide head first at 90 mph down an ice-slick track!