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The Winter Olympics have begun. Do you plan to watch any of the coverage? What are your favorite Winter Olympics sports?

Yes, for sure. I always do.

 

I am watching cross-country skiing as I write from home Sunday afternoon. I don't really know much about cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating or the luge, but I still like to watch them. It's the allure of the competition and the Olympic spirit that keep bringing me back, whether it's the Winter of Summer Olympics.

I just love the Olympic Bugler's Dream theme. Something about it that draws me in, watching sports that I normally would have little interest in.

I remember being engrossed in the 1980 Olympics on my college dorm floor, when USA beat the Russians, and Al Michaels asked us if we believed in miracles.

I was fortunate to attend the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

The Olympics are where dreams are made for some and shattered for others. It always breaks my heart to see a skater fall on the ice or skier take a tumble, knowing all the hard work they've put in, only to see everything crumble before them.

And where else but the Winter Olympics do you get to hear neat words like luge, double lutz, triple axel, slalom, and PyeongChang used on a daily basis.

Kevin Hieronymus

The first Winter Olympics I remember watching on TV was the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Dashing Jean-Claude Killy of France won three golds in alpine skiing, and Peggy Fleming of the U.S. won a gold in figure skating.

It’s 50 years later, and I don’t know the names of the top competitors (yet), but I’ll probably tune in to the coverage and see how the U.S. team fares.
One sport I’ll pay particular attention to is curling. I spent some time on assignment earlier this winter at the Waltham Curling Club in Triumph, southeast of Mendota, and got a firsthand look at this unique sport.

No, you don’t have to pick up and lug around that 42-pound granite rock. All you have to do is slide it down the 150-foot-long “sheet” of ice and get it to stop in the right spot at the “house” — the scoring circles — and after you’ve played eight “ends,” the team with the most points wins. Oh, and you or your teammates must sweep your brooms madly in front of that sliding rock to encourage it to go where you want it to. Any questions?

Hey, they’re looking for new members at the club. Interested? Check out walthamcurling.org.

Jim Dunn

I've always enjoyed watching the Olympics, but I most likely won't be seeing any coverage. While I don't regret cutting the cable expense from my budget more than a decade ago, the Olympics are about the only thing I do miss getting to watch.

I know you can pull things up online to watch, but it's not the same as settling in and watching the broadcast coverage as the events unfold and hearing the athlete's stories.

My mom was a huge ice-skating fan, and she loved watching it anytime it was on. I was usually right there with her, but enjoyed the bobsledding, luge and skiing events more.

If anyone would like to see a good Olympics-themed movie that is both funny and heart-warming, I'd recommend 2016's "Eddie the Eagle." Ski jumping has to be the most dangerous event at the Winter Olympics, and it's impressive that Eddie, with little training and experience, not only made his Olympic dream come true, but survived it.

Dave Cook

 

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