As many of you know, tomorrow evening is the beginning of the Vancouver Winter Olympics !
Many knitters are participating in the new incarnation of the “Knitting Olympics” that have been deemed the “Ravelympics” now on Ravelry. Last I looked, there were over 8000 knitters and crocheters signed up for those events – with event names that run the gauntlet from the “Hat Halfpipe” to “Mitten Moguls”, there is something for everyone. These Ravelympians far outnumber the actual Olympians in Vancouver. It should be great fun to watch!
I have not participated in a Knitting Olympics, and I am not planning to this year as I feel that I have pressured myself enough with deadline knitting… but that doesn’t mean that I am not cheering you on wholeheartedly! I would love to hear what you are planning for the Ravelympics – leave me a comment and tell me about your team, your event, and your project!
I hope many of you are planning to watch the events – you will be in for some real treats! Since the Summer Games have such a ginormous following, they are
Here are a few tips and things to watch for during the Games:
- Winter Olympic Sports are FAST. Several of them involve icy surfaces, so this means that the action just *zooms* right by. So, you may need to work on a project that doesn’t require large amounts of attention! You look down to count your stitches or check your charting – and boom, you just missed the win! Luckily, there are DVRs and instant replays – but you don’t want to miss the action! …and in case you do miss it and have an accident, there are always commercial breaks for a little bit of frogging
- I don’t have to tell you that my anticipation for the Games is all about the ice hockey. Because the Games are in Canada – the Home of Hockey – there is a HUGE HUGE amount of pressure on both the Men’s and Women’s teams to bring home the gold medals. And honestly, both of them are so good that they could do it. The most contentious matches will be between old rivalries (aren’t they always?).
For the Mens’ tournament, the match that has the most hype is Canada versus Russia. Both of these teams are very deep and star-studded. Both teams are fully made of athletes who do this for a living – both in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Two of the undisputed “best players in the world” will be facing off – one leading Canada and the other leading Russia. Watch for Sidney Crosby (Canada) and Alexander Ovechkin (Russia) – and if you watch the Games, you will hear their names A LOT. However, because the Olympics are a one-stop shop, unlike many of the other “best of seven” style tournaments, there is a very distinct possibility that one of the other national teams could make a real showing. The biggest “contenders” in addition to the two already named are the US, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Slovakia. There could be a “dark horse” – and that’s what makes it so exciting!
As for the women’s hockey, the biggest rivalry is between Canada and the United States. Canada won the Gold in Torino in 2006, with Sweden taking the silver and the US taking the bronze. Women’s hockey is serious business with serious fans! I watched one of the matches between US and Canada a few weeks ago and really got into the excitement in the game. It was a nailbiter right to the end. The Canadians took the game, but it was so close! Women’s hockey doesn’t get much (if any) “air time” on TV and in the news media, so I simply don’t know that much about these athletes as I do about the men – but I will love finding out more about these amazing women through the course of the Games.
- Figure skating is always the soap opera of the Olympics, and I doubt this year will be any different – from the costumes, the judging, the relationships between partners… oh! so juicy and exciting! the figure skating consistently ranks among the most popular events on TV and in person (that is why the tickets were so hard to get – the price point was so high! so, we will be enjoying the figure skating on the screen, not in person).
- In a weird turn of winter events, the Vancouver area has had a very mild winter – so much so that they are trucking in snow from the mountains to bring to the ski/snowboard courses north of the city. Conditions are not really improving, and while there are some contingencies in place, everyone is hoping that things go off as planned. Several of our events are indoors, but we do have a ski event in Cypress Mountain and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that it happens! …I wish there was a way I could take the 4 feet of snow here in Maryland to BC with me!
I would love to hear about what events you are planning to follow!