This week on Romance Writers Weekly, A.S. Fenichel asks:
The Winter Olympics are coming in just a few days. What’s your favorite event and why? Do you have a favourite Olympic memory?
Whenever I think of the Winter Olympics, I think of 1998. The Games were hosted in Nagano, Japan – but most importantly, Only Son was born on February 18, while the Games were on. He is our third child (if you can call a soon-to-be-20-year-old a ‘child’ still) and I thought I had this labour and delivery thing figured out. We went to the hospital in the morning—only to be sent home that afternoon to wait. I don’t remember what sports were playing that day, but I do remember walking in circles around our kitchen/living room/dining room hoping to get things moving! And they did. He was born fifteen minutes before midnight.
The Olympics in 2002 are also memorable. After fifty years without a gold medal in what we consider “our” sport, Canada was desperate for a win in hockey. The Canadian hired to do the ice during the Olympics placed a Loonie – a Canadian one-dollar coin – in the centre faceoff circle, and then flooded over it. The secret was only revealed to the public after both the Canadian Men’s and Women’s teams won Gold. That Loonie is now in the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame.
And, of course, the 2010 Olympics stand out for me, as they were hosted in my home province of British Columbia. It was also our country's best ever showing, winning 14 gold medals, the most in a single Games in Winter Olympic history.
I’ve always enjoyed the Winter Olympics more than the Summer. There aren’t so many sports, so it feels cozier and more of a community. I’m looking forward to watching them again!
Do you have a favourite sport to watch during the Olympics? Leave a comment below! And then be sure to hop on over to Leslie Hachtel's blog, too!
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