NORMAY ROCKS THE WORLD W HEROIC OLYMPIAN WIN!

Normay, cagey recipients of our sick advanced american game technology in the form of 52 "F-52 and F-35" fighter jets recently delivered via high end playstations and whatnots, today continued their world domination by kicking total international men's ass in the cross country skiathlon event - Simen Hegstad Krueger won gold in the most homeric fashion, falling initially, banging his head, having to change his poles, losing over 40 seconds, he STILL kicked ass AND inspired a total Normay owning the podium, sewing up 2nd and 3rd as well.

WOOHOO!

Last night a very modest, sort of goofy 17 year old USA's Red Gerard, who woke up so late he had to borrow his roomie's jacket, proceeded to wipe out during his first two snowboarding turns, casually shrugged as he slid down the hill to begin his final run and executed a series of perfectly airborne maneuvers in a most teenaged loose limbed style AND kicking total INTERNATIONAL Olympic ass on this final go round.

owning your shit (and everyone else's) like a 17 year old

And did I mention the story of two Koreas joining under one flag, one team of two countries? no? watching all this scary international good will our dastardly american 2nd in command - the silver zombie - skulks and grimaces in the shadows, where wall meets wall while the diabolical (and desperately in need of a BIG sandwich - fast) north korean first sibling plans everyone's demise. 

par-TAY!

This is an amazing Olympics!

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Comment by Anna Herrington on February 14, 2018 at 9:52am

I loved reading your comment, Monkey. That is so cool to think of you watching like a mother to these athletes.... and I'd forgotten momentarily you've competed and are a skater.

...and that attitude is what finally happened with me watching Oregon's Ben Ferguson on the half pipe during qualifiers, hanging up in the air so high and snowboarding so well on a couple of his runs... imho getting the egos stoked and suddenly Shaun White is sky high in his amazing qualifying run... I wondered if he would have pushed so much in qualifying if Ferguson hadn't done so well before him. Regardless, very exciting. Great to see Shaun White having an excellent games so far.

I felt for those two Korean women, but wondered if the South Korean was a bit miffed or resentful at suddenly having to share with, maybe to them, and basically, an adversarial foreign country... rather like the flag bearers sharing the flag waving for Korea. Clearly not the best physical match up.

But you are right. and you've helped in improving my own Olympics watching and attitude.

Thank you  : )

Comment by koshersalaami on February 14, 2018 at 9:59am

I doubt the South Korean was miffed. If anything, more of the world’s attention was focused on it. 

Also, I doubt South Koreans blame North Korean citizens. I think it’s more like West and East Germans were. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on February 14, 2018 at 10:10am

kosh, I was going by the protests seen on news of south Koreans furious about the unification facade for the games - and for Trump, let's just say it - and that over half of the younger population of South Korea does think of North Korea as a foreign country, Kim Jong Un as evil, and they want no official unification, ever..... 

but yes, my wonderings more than any declarations.

Comment by Anna Herrington on February 16, 2018 at 9:49am

I was looking over husband's shoulder while he's sipping coffee and laptop reading this morning while we slug around on our 'getting engaged' anniversary holiday we created for ourselves this week (and oldest son and girlfriend got engaged this week too! after two kids and eight years... ha!)...

and I noticed this article headline on skaters brains being wired differently. I've been avoiding the news this week but had to go find the site and read myself  : )

Thought you might like... or not....

anyway:   

https://www.thedailybeast.com/figure-skater-brains-are-literally-wi...

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 16, 2018 at 12:01pm

OH that's a great article.  I didn't do freestyle - I was initially a dance skater but first I'm tall for a skater - at the time, on skates I stood better than 6' tall.  Most men who skate are shorter than i was, which is not ideal.  You want to aesthetically be a good team - which is why pairs teams can seem disconcerting.  The guys are tall/bigger, more muscular and the women are generally speaking slight.  It's an odd pairing when you see them dancing, which they do for practice.  So finding a partner was not in the cards for me.  I did dance for proficiency - meaning I still practiced and worked on dances (never know when that tall guy would walk into the rink) but I did school figures - which freestylists HAVE to do - it's a mandatory edge thing - they lay down a pattern on the ice and they all - to a skater hate it.  it's a riot watching world class freestylists taking that long delayed lesson right before a big meet.   

anyway I have to concur about their wiring.  that's what separates the champions from the kids who are in it, but never quite get there.  they are relentless in their desire to nail that jump.  back when I seriously skated - and I was a roller skater, not an ice skater - it was a triple and a double axel.  now it's quads.  but they tear up the floor, those kids - they fall and fall and fall and fall.  and then one fine day they nail it.  and the next week, they nail it again.  but in between, there's a LOT of pain.  knee surgeries, foot injuries, toe injuries and breaks are common place with skaters.  

I skated my regionals with a fractured foot.  I had a shot and I was going for it. 

so now that we've talked about me - 

thank you for finding that article.  (you couldn't pay me to get back on skates again - not at my age but I did skate for a while about six or so years ago....but couldn't find my groove again.  and in the meantime I had fallen in love with horseback riding.  another way of falling and breaking my butt.  :D

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 16, 2018 at 12:07pm

the news reports that the polling in south korea shows they are not happy with the joining of the teams under one flag.  keep in mind the north is constantly threatening the south, so to us romantics who don't live with the drama and real terror of an invasion/nuclear strike - it's so idealized, this fantasy of peace and coming together.  because they ARE one nation that's been divided by politics.  then again, many nations are.   their reality is the north are led by lunatics who've tortured and brainwashed their people turning them into starving robots. 

Comment by koshersalaami on February 16, 2018 at 1:32pm

I assume they hate the North’s government. I didn’t know what they thought of the people. 

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