It usually takes me a while to get into Olympic figure skating. I think what keeps me from appreciating the sport more is that it’s so hard to work up a basic understanding of what each skater does. It’s obvious when someone falls or looks shaky coming out of a jump, and you can generally tell when someone skates well, but I have no idea how the skaters are actually judged. It’s frustrating for me.
However, I rarely turn off Olympic coverage when it’s on, and last night, the men’s short program was sandwiched in between the men’s ski slopestyle competition. So, I kept the figure skating on… and I’m glad I did. I can’t stop thinking about it; the competition was that good, and the Olympic spirit was on full display.
The Sochi Olympics kick off tonight with the opening rounds of the team figure skating, women’s freestyle skiing, and women’s snowboard slopestyle events. If you’re like me, this day couldn’t have come any sooner.
I love the Olympics. I love the quality of the competition. I love the national pride that the athletes have, especially from smaller countries. I love seeing sports that I never see on the main channels in the U.S. that other countries love so much. It’s just a lot of fun for me.
So I make it a point to watch as much Olympic coverage as I can while still being a productive member of society. Four years ago, that took the form of watching curling with my roommates from 2-5 a.m. Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be out of school and thus not have homework, so I watched more than usual.
But in the last two Olympic games, I had a strategy. And I recommend it for anyone who may find themselves slightly… overwhelmed by all of the events over the course of the next two weeks.