Having a little winter sports fun


February 19, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Twists and turns and showers of ice and snow are all part of the Winter Olympics. Just like the opening of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, there have been “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” this past week in Vancouver, Canada.
Some of the winter sports I don’t get — double luge, cross country skiing sprint and of course the ever popular curling. Curling for me is like a car wreck — you really don’t want to look but you can’t help yourself.
Some of the speed skating — the 45-lap relay on the short track — makes you scratch your head.  There have been a lot of slips and slides to get your attention throughout the different sports. We have had some bad looking crashes on the downhill skiing events.
I’ve been tuning in most nights when I’m home.

I’M NOT A NASCAR viewer but Sunday I was going through channels and kept an eye on the Daytona 500. I stopped my channel surfing when there were four or five laps left and they were under another caution — Clint Bowyer was leading the race. Had to watch.
But I don’t get the move Bowyer made coming out of re-start. The announcers kept saying he was helping his teammate. Is not the object of the race to win it? Confusing to me, a non-NASCAR viewer.

THE AMERICA’S CUP is back in the U.S.A. It’s the sailing competition that takes place every so often. Well, last weekend, BMW Oracle defeated two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland in Valenci.
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sports and will now reside at the San Francisco Golden Gate Yacht Club. BMW Oracle Racing is owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison.
The America’s Cup is back in American hands for the first time since 1995.

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