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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Countdown to Winter Olympics......

Torvill & Dean - 1984 WO

We're really looking forward to watching the 21st Winter Olympics to be held 12-28th February in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the resort town of Whistler, nearby. We'll be watching in the comfort of our loungeroom.

I particularly love the figure skating; most of you would remember the dynamic UK partnership of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean performing to Ravel's 'Bolero' at the 1984 WO in Sarajevo Yugoslavia. I remember that it was a weekend afternoon we watched it and I was doing the ironing! We were just awestruck by the 'dance'; they ended up with a score of 12 perfect sixes, which has never been repeated. I've just watched them again. They performed it again in 2006 on a UK TV show Dancing on Ice.

I also love the aerial skiing, bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping and even find curling fun!

Bobsled, early WO

Our own Kirstie Marshall, an aerial skier, now a politician, won several World Cup gold medals and did well in the 1994 and 1998 WO medal events. And we were so proud of little Alisa Camplin at the Salt Lake City WO in 2002! She became our WO darling that year. Despite multiple fractures in both ankles she won Gold in the aerial skiing event scoring 193.47 for her triple twisting somersault or 'back full/double full'. Back home Australia Post designed a stamp in her honour.

Alisa Camplin - Torino Italy 2006 WO

The first Winter Olympics were held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix Haute-Savoie, France in 1924.

8 comments:

willow said...

Wow, it is almost time. Thanks for the reminder!

steven said...

hey alaine - the winter olympics are a a couple of thousand miles from here - a hundred or so from my brother's home in vancouver. i love the luge, the skeleton, ice hockey and bobsled. i can't wait! steven

Alaine said...

Hi Willow, Yay! Curl up with your woolly socks and favorite shawl and let the fun begin!

Alaine said...

Hi Steven, I'll have to get the atlas out to find where exactly it is and where you live. I can't wait either!

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine

We were just wondering when and where this would be happening, so thanks! I love the figure skating and the ice dancing/pairs skating. Torvill and Dean keep on entertaining us in the TV show Dancing on Ice, which has just started a new season!

Lyn said...

I can always count on a bloggy friend to remind me of what's next!
Love the skating, the downhill, can't wait..Great pics!! Thanks.

Susie Hemingway said...

We too are looking forward to the Winter Olympics although we could have held it here in the UK this year with all the snow we have had since December! It has mostly cleared now but tonight they forcast more for our area! It seems a long Winter already but I am looking forward to seeing Vancouver on the television(we have dear friends there) and Whistler with such beautiful scenery it should be fantastic, hope you enjoy it too.
Happy 2010 to you.

Alaine said...

Hello Susie, thank you for visiting. Snow is pretty but I know it can be a huge burden! I'm really looking forward to the games and seeing the surrounding countryside.

Blessings for 2010. xa