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"Days of our Olympians"
February 24, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
The 2010 Winter Olympics have proven to be quite the soap opera, as in addition to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, spectators have been taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Whether viewing from Vancouver or the comfort of home, we’ve seen everything from the truly tragic death of Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili as he skidded off course at 90 miles per hour, to the inspiring Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, who skated through tragedy after losing her mother to a heart attack just days before she was scheduled to take to the ice.
We’ve witnessed the unexpected, such as Sven Kramer’s disqualification after he followed his coach’s instructions for an incorrect lane changeover, costing him the gold medal. Wanted…one speed skating coach with Olympic experience, and, oh yeah, focus!
We anxiously awaited American figure skater Johnny Weir’s performances as his flamboyant costumes continued to raise eyebrows and at present, is reportedly receiving serious threats from animal rights activists regarding his choice to wear fur.
Deserving of the truly bizarre award; Russian figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko’s fall from grace as he continues his vehement protest to playing silver second fiddle to American Evan Lysacek’s gold medal win. The scenario begs the question…what do you do when your country’s protest is rejected? Why, you appear online wearing a platinum medal. (REALLY)? Sadly, I liked Plushenko, until he displayed a total lack of sportsmanship.
And finally…Shaun White simply IS snowboarding.
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