Curling & Commentators

Recently, I decided to surprise my fiance with taking him Curling. He has mentioned many times how he would love to try it, and thankfully living in Olympic city, it’s pretty obtainable. I just searched it because I heard they have classes available to the public. Low and behold I found it, and we signed up. His birthday is coming up so I thought it would be perfect. I decided to go earlier than his b-day, and I couldn’t hold the surprise in too long….so I told him. Let me just say his smile that came on his face after, was contagious. It was stretching ear to ear.

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HE WAS SO PUMPED!

I learned so much! The history behind it, their terminology. I NEVER realized the rocks weigh 42 pounds! I was shocked. It makes sense but I didn’t realize it would weigh that much. Once you’re on the ice and actually curl, it isn’t as heavy as 42 pounds may seem to sound.

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He was so pumped! I was excited to try something new too. That’s always the best, trying something new with your significant other. You learn more about one another and grow together. Plus, you figure out things about yourself!

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I was ready for the runway wasn’t I?? haha. Well, it’s cold in the arena and they tell you to wear loose clothing that you can move easily in. If anyone has been watching the Olympics you see how low and stretched out they are when they’re curling, so this outfit was comfy and perfect 🙂

We only got to play two games, curling only one rock each due to the amount of people at the class, but it was worth it! Our instructor mentioned they were thinking of creating an actual arena JUST for curling, since the Olympic Training Site that you see in the top photo, they share the ice with MANY different groups of people/sports. So getting that ice time is difficult. I hope they do! You may see me in the 2022 Winter Olympics (sike!).

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ONE THING I want to touch on, if anyone has been following curling in the 2018 Olympics, you may know the few teams, mixed doubles, that were in the running for gold. Well, it was confirmed Canada won gold, which wasn’t a shock to me! They spoke on how well Canada is at our class. Our instructor was from Canada and said in their P.E. classes throughout school they would curl! That was apart of their gym class. So it only makes sense.

BUT, what I wanted to touch on (finally), was how I get so irritated when commentators and reporters can sometimes seem to only notice a female athlete’s attractiveness. If no one is watching the Olympics or knows what I’m talking about, the OAR, Olympic Athletes from Russia, there is a married couple for their mixed doubles. The woman, just so happened to be brought up in a conversation on how she either looked like Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. Not that she is a great athlete, that her and her husband are doing well, her back ground on how she started curling, her stats, etc. Just her looks. It’s not the first time I noticed it, that is why it irritates me anytime I hear it. Very rare if at all when they comment on a man’s looks, especially if he is an athlete. They just touch on his skill. But not for this woman athlete curler.

JUST APPRECIATE A WOMAN AS AN ATHLETE. Appreciate her talent. Show off her skill. I’m just tired of women athletes being deduced to their physical appearance. #Seeher (hashtag commemorating how we should see these young women and women athletes).

Alright, I’m done.

I hope everyone has a GREAT Valentines Day tomorrow! Let your significant other know how much you appreciate them for who they are or let anyone you love know, today and every day.

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Olympic City

Happy Sunday everyone! I haven’t posted in a while. I’m trying to get into the swing of my new schedule with school.

With football being over, my current weekends are filled with the Olympics. So I’m not quite sure what will happen after they’re over. I’m sure Basketball will be on along with creating brackets for March Madness. With all the politics and drama surrounding the Olympics lately, I wonder how many people are actually watching them. One of the many awesome reasons Colorado Springs is a nice place to live is that the Olympic Training Center is here! With the high elevation and access to a good section of the Rocky Mountains it only seems fitting that many sports have access to their athletic needs. This past weekend downtown Colorado Springs had an Olympic Downtown Celebration. It just so happened it was one of the coldest nights in the Springs in a while. There was a live broadcast of the opening ceremony, multiple stands set up with activities for kids, Olympic trivia, a beer garden and an ice sculpture from the Ice Festival in Cripple Creek.

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[Me at the Beer Garden. The foam of my beer was turning into ice, it was that cold!]

Those are just to name a few of the activities available. Craig happened to win one of the Olympic trivia stations and could have either won a key chain or a sticker and he choose the sticker, clearly. One of the questions was which country doesn’t have an Olympic team, Aruba, Jamaica, or Bermuda? [drum roll]

It’s ARUBA!

So last night USA received the first gold medal, by a 17 year old snowboarder from Colorado! How amazing is that? Not just because of his age but of course winning gold for the USA is legit, and being the first one is something to be proud of.

Craig and I had a few friends over last night to watch the Olympics and we all were asking what event would you do if you could? Then we talked about how we would pay money to watch normal people trying to do these events rather than the athletes who train for it their whole lives. I would pay good money to watch that. But if I had to choose, I would participate in the Bobsleigh. How fun would that be??

I hope everyone gets the chance to watch the games at some point and hopefully we win a few more medals!

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