about the "Luge"
writing this to you at the end of February. That having been
said, you will hopefully understand my discussing the winter
Olympics that just ended last week. I literally would watch
every night with great interest. As with many people that
were watching, I was most taken with the figure skating competition.
I did, though, watch all the other events as well.
brings me to my question. Does anyone understand or care about
"The Luge?" I have been an athlete my whole life
and Im sorry, but that particular "sport"
doesnt strike me as remotely athletic. As one announcer
most aptly put it, "imagine laying down on your back
in bed and travelling as fast as you can in an ice chute."
I am certain that on some level, the people doing this "sport"
must have to do some intensive training, though I havent
a clue what that training would be.
always concentrated on cardiovascular training when I used
to run distance. It certainly helped build my stamina and
strength while seriously giving me an intense workout. But
I simply cant figure out what type of training would
be appropriate for this Olympic competition. I was even more
amazed to see a team from the Island of Jamaica! Where would
those guys even learn about this? And, where would they have
to travel to be able to practice? The whole idea of this being
an Olympic event simply leaves me in wonder.
have already told you, the figure skating competition really
drew me in. If any of you watched the womens final long
program then you already know the outcome. If you didnt
watch it, let me just briefly outline what happened. The United
States had a favorite that we all hoped would win. Sadly,
she did not win the gold medal. Not even the silver as she
had 4 years ago. She won the bronze, and tried very hard to
react with dignity. Her name is Michelle Kwan. Hopefully she
will continue to skate professionally with "Stars On
Ice." The real surprise was a young girl of just 16 years.
Her name is Sarah Hughs. The thing of it was this. After her
short program several nights earlier, she was in 4th place.
was betting on Michelle. But as she later said in an interview,
"it just wasnt my night." It was very sad
to see her win just the bronze, but it will be great to see
her skating professionally! As for Sarah, it was wonderful
to see her and her coach fall to the ground with excitement
when they realized that she had won the gold.
enjoyed watching these games since I was about 12 years old.
I am always surprised when they end because it seems as if
they had just started. The one question I have had for years,
and probably will be asking for years to come is about the
"sport" where they lay on their backs and travel
through an ice chute. I just dont get that. And I dont
think I ever will.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"