… and then I wandered into the sitting room to find my six year old glued to the women’s freestyle moguls. It was fantastic nail biting stuff combining athleticism, finely honed skills and genuine passion. Gold and silver went to Canadian sisters who showed amazing drive coupled with an appealing camaraderie.
|David Wise - winner of the men's freestyle skiing halfpipe|
Since that event we've made a point of tuning in each evening to see the highlights from the day. This is obviously a welcome respite from the usual torturous pre-bath time children’s TV, but more importantly it has had a whole family beaming with excitement no matter what the sport or the nationalities of those competing. The men’s half pipe last night was again edge of the sofa stuff.
The events that have most drawn us in are, perhaps unsurprisingly, the snow based ones. Visually they are pretty spectacular (modern filming techniques aid this enormously), but there also seems to be a genuine feeling of joy amongst competitors about their sport and the shared experience. An example that stands out for me was an American being interviewed after a disappointing result in the Border Cross; asked how she stays motivated the reply was very quick and along the lines of "Why wouldn't I, this is a brilliantly fun thing to do with some great people."
If you started off with the same view as me it’s not too late – I urge you to tune in. Four years to the next one is a long wait!