Me, the Runner, Part 1

Categories: Exercise, Family

Today was the Boston Marathon. So that seems like a good time to pick back up my topical autobiographies.

I have always been a runner. When I was a baby my dad, also a runner, would push me on runs and races in the stroller. Back then they didn’t have the fancy jogging strollers we have now and I’ve been told that he and I wore out several strollers with all the miles we did. I don’t have any memory of those runs, but I’ve seen the pictures.

As with many Utah running events, competitors included everyone from very young youngsters to grandparents. There was even one report of a runner who pushed a baby buggy around the whole course.
“Lindsey Races to Easy 10,000-Meter Win,” Salt Lake Tribune, September 14, 1980

I ran my first race at 3. It was the Brigham Street Mile. My dad ran the whole thing holding my hand and my mom ran the whole thing from the side cheering for me. As the youngest runner in the race I remember being interviewed and they asked me how fast I was going to run. I replied, “Fast.” This photo was published in the newspaper.

There were 250 runners competing to set their personal best mile times and, for at least one runner, the event was especially memorable.
Kent Giles ran the distance alongside his daughter Lisa. While there are many father-daughter running combinations on Utah’s roads these days, Kent will probably always remember the sight of 3 1/2 year old Lisa crossing the finish line in the Brigham Street Mile.
“Padilla Clocks 3:44.11 Mile,” Salt Lake Tribune, May 16, 1982

I did some Turkey Trots and other short races with my dad over the years. In the summers he’d wake me up in the morning and we’d go run a few miles and then I’d go back to bed (I’m not a morning person) and he’d go to work. I really enjoyed that special time I had with my dad and that running was a special thing that he and I shared.

Part 2: Junior High Track & Field

Talent!

Categories: How To, Quilting/Sewing/Knitting/Crafting

For reasons I can’t fully understand myself, I organized an on-line talent show for a moms of multiples group I’m in on FaceBook. I gave everyone three weeks to get their talents ready to share and then this morning set up the place for everyone to share their photos, videos, links, or whatever, of whatever talents they had.

These are the instructions I gave:

Where: Right here! We’ll have a dedicated thread on the day of the “show” for you to share your talents.

How? Share a video, photo, link, etc., that will show us your talent. Unfortunately, this talent show will not allow us to actually taste any cooking talents. But otherwise, it might actually be easier to share some talents here than at a traditional talent show.

What: Definitely share any traditional talent show talents, but let’s also share those that don’t typically get included in a talent show. Some possible ideas include:
• singing
• musical instruments
• dancing
• theatrical readings
• sewing skills
• needlework
• yarn arts
• painting
• sculpting
• gardening
• writing
• poetry
• photography
• stand-up comedy
• cooking (we’ll have to settle for recipes and photos)
• skeet shooting
• deer skinning
• swimming
• diving
• skiing
• ice skating
• curling (please tell me we have a member who curls)
• organizing your car or your pantry
• make-up or hair
• keeping your house clean with multiples running around
• staying on top of laundry
• getting a good deal
• mad tandem feeding skills
• how fast you are at changing a diaper
• how many kids you can get in a shopping cart and still get groceries for your family
• things you can do while wearing a baby
• talent for getting a toddler to eat what you fixed
• car maintenance
• wood working
• making others smile

These are the talents I shared with the group:

The four quilts I designed and made for our kids. I love the set they make.

These are the wall quilts we hang by our front door, a picnic blanket I made, and the pillow covers we have for the different seasons. All designed by me.

Brett has joked with me about needing to make a tutorial for this skill of mine for a while. So I finally did. He thinks it’s very impressive.

What talents can you share?

Pyeong Chang 2018 Closing Ceremonies

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsAnother Olympics in the books. Thanks for joining us for our Olympic commentary. We certainly had a good time doing it. I’m excited to see what our growing commentating team does in 2.5 years in Tokyo. Enjoy!

Amanda: From a production assistant who graduated from BYU and now works at NBC.

🤦🏼‍ Canadian skier arrested, accused of stealing car at Winter Olympics
We saw Stephano at the airport. Saw his name and jacket and wondered what his sport was. Did not expect this.
Esports get a cool reception at Winter Games
Adorable children in tiger hats!
Had the first 13 minutes on mute, but they seem cool. Might have to watch this part on replay.
Definitely cool now.
The silver medalist at the victory ceremony for the men’s cross country skiing has a hat that makes him look like a Smurf.
We now have some dancing pianos? 🤨
If Beyoncé and Lady Gaga had a Korean baby, this K-pop Star would be it.
Handover to Beijing time! Of course there is a panda! No! Two pandas!
I’ve been to so many places on this Beijing video! The panda ice skates at the Summer Palace!
The heart gloves! I considered buying some!
Ooh. I think you’ll like the snow globe bit.
I saw this!

Lisa: Oyf!
Um… no.
That’s something we’ll watch for.

Amanda: Yeah. I’m fine with there being video game competitions. But I’m with Ted Ligety on this one.

Lisa: When snowboarding was invented it was called snurfing. Brett thinks we should go back to that name.

Amanda: I like it! Snow + surfing. It makes sense.

Lisa: I want a paint splattered snow suit.
Those traditional hats that keep the back of their necks warm look like a smart idea.
Tiger hats!

Amanda: Prettier than the Russian ones.

Lisa: How many countries are there in the world?
Guy from Tonga is wearing a coat.

Amanda: Wolfram Alpha says there are 206 sovereign states.
Not later he isn’t.

Lisa: I’ll watch.
Probably depends on who is counting since some countries don’t recognize others.

Amanda: True.

Lisa: The girls are doing their version of ice dancing to the music playing during the athletes coming in.

Amanda: Fun!

Lisa: We had the first bit on mute because we were talking with grandparents. I’ll watch it again on the rebroadcast.

Amanda: I was on the phone with Blake off and on the whole time, so I definitely missed things.

Lisa: Our athletes have regular mittens this time.
“The Ameri-curl on ice.” Referring to our win in men’s curling.

Amanda: Heh. I think I saw that pun somewhere.

Lisa: I want a drone light show at my next event.

Amanda: They are really cool.

Lisa: Remembering athletes who have passed away. Dandelions are for new beginnings. Turtle for long life.

Amanda: Ohhh. Interesting.

Lisa: Numbers- passage of time.
Pushing boundaries, overcoming obstacles, beating time.

Amanda: I understood none of that, it seems.

Lisa: It was the black and white light dance thing.
Accurate description.
“Why are no kids crying about the fireworks?”
– Shimei

Amanda:

Lisa: I do like the snow globe portion.

Amanda: The definitive ranking of Norway’s Olympic curling pants

Lisa: Love it.
Now I watch the rebroadcast to catch what I missed during the bedtime routine.

Amanda: I wonder if I can find it too. I want to watch stuff with commentary and just audio in general.

Lisa: During a lot of the Olympics I felt like I was watching the future. Today I’m watching the past. Not sure when I watched the present.

Amanda: Maybe the last time the Olympics were in your time zone?

Lisa: It was fun watching so much of it live.

Amanda: It worked well for the evening broadcasts to be the next day’s events.

Lisa: Definitely.

Amanda: Watching the replay! I’ll FF through the stuff I don’t care about. Like this interview with Ivanka Trump. No thank you

Lisa: Lightbulb in this room just blew. Lightbulbs don’t last long in our house. It’s weird.

Amanda: Don’t care or don’t need to watch. Like the athletes parade. That was long enough yesterday.
I don’t think I’ve ever had to replace one here get.
Wow to Jonny Weir’s hair.

Lisa: The tiger hats the performers wear for the ceremonies are fun.

Amanda: So stinking cute.

Lisa: Huh. 102 performers in paint splattered suits because there were 102 events.
I wish I could fast forward through the pop performances. I’m not much of a concert goer so that part of the opening and closing ceremonies never interests me.

Amanda: That makes sense.
I look forward to actually hearing the combination of traditional and modern instruments.
Did I hear right that the guitarist is a boy?

Lisa: I like the traditional type of music.
Yup. And he’s 13.
Norway should curl in those light suits.

Amanda: I thought he was a girl. 🤭
I would watch that.

Lisa: Brett thinks this tune is on his Baroque Pandora station.

Amanda: I think I saw it was Vivaldi’s Winter, so probably.

Lisa: Definitely a unique arrangement of it. Also, perfect for the Winter Olympics.

Amanda: For sure!
FFed through the parade, but caught the tail end. Way more closeups on the Americans than in the live version.
300 drones!

Lisa: Of course.

Lisa: The parade is just starting for us. No fast forwarding for us. 🙁
Iddo wanted to know why our flag bearer is called the glitter fairy so I had to repeat that she puts glitter on her cheeks for races.
The NBC Olympic website has SERIOUS design flaws because I can never find what I’m looking for.

Amanda: Ha!
Lame. I’ve been pretty happy with the Roku app.

Lisa: Brett wanted to know how the athlete from Togo fared and I had to go to Google to find it because the NBC website isn’t obvious, if it’s even possible, how to look up results by country.
I even tried searching “Togo” on the NBC site and there wasn’t even a mention of the country.

Amanda: I wonder if the official PyeongChang app or website would work better.

Lisa: The official app told me they had 1 athlete but I still had to go to Wikipedia to find out how that athlete did.

Amanda: Lame.

Lisa: Olympics.org is a bit better.

Amanda: That’s good.
I didn’t notice that the kids in the snow globe section had coats that light up! I want one!

Lisa: I know! And a tiger hat. Which apparently are not currently for sale.

Amanda: 😔

Lisa: I want fiber optics in the fur color of my coat.

Amanda: I need a new coat. Might as well be one with fiber optics.

Lisa: Exactly.
I did not know there were different flags for the Winter and Summer Olympics.
We’re having a series of Asian Olympics between now and 2022.
I like that they use the LED squares in the audience to make it look like people are taking photos.

Amanda: Are they visually different or just physically different? I must have missed that.

Lisa: Apparently they’re just physically different.

Amanda: I realized this too. If we’re still here or back or nearby, I will try to go!
Interesting.

Lisa: They’ve been passing this one around for Winter Olympics since 1960 something.

Amanda: That’s cool.

Lisa: I remember watching the 2008 Olympics “with” you shortly after I moved to Tucson.

Amanda: I remember that too.

Lisa: You need an LED panda suit to go with your fiber optic coat.
Apparently Tokyo is having a hard time with their mascot because it’s not as cute as the Korean one.

Amanda: You know, I think you’re right.
I don’t even remember if I’ve seen it.

Lisa: Lighted dragon!
From what I was reading, Tokyo hasn’t settled on one, but the options presented are not being well received.

Amanda: That explains why I haven’t seen one. C’mon Japan. We can do kawaii!
Kawaii = cute.

Lisa: The current options aren’t cute enough or look too much like Pokémon.

Amanda: I’m sure they’ll figure something out.

Lisa: This is what I learned while trying to figure out if you can buy tiger hats.

Amanda: Hehe. Excellent.

Lisa: Hooray for another Olympics!
Tokyo in 2.5 years. It’s amazing to think of the commentary my kids will be doing by then. All three of them will be able to pay attention to what’s going on.

Amanda: Um, four?

Lisa: Right. Four.

Amanda: You have four kids.

Lisa: Sorry. Izri isn’t fully walking yet so he’s normally tied to me so I only count three kids wandering around.

Amanda: That’s fair. But he will be much more mobile and talkative in 2.5 years.

Lisa: Although I put him down on the floor when we got to church today and in the time it took me to put our fleece tail down the crack so we wouldn’t loose a whole bunch of crayons down the crack later Izri crawled under the bench to visit the stake Primary presidency members who were visiting for ward conference and seated in the row behind us. Only Izri is having HUGE separation and stranger issues right now so he definitely wasn’t happy with where he found himself.

Amanda: Ha!

February 23rd and 24th at the Olympics

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsI spent the 23rd getting my family ready to go to Mesa so I could run a 10K on the 24th and the three older kids could run a 1K, so there wasn’t much Olympic watching on my end that day. And by the 24th things were starting to wind down at the Olympics. But we still got some commentary in. Bobsled. Curling. Hockey.

FEBRUARY 23

Lisa: Olympics at the hotel.
Bobsledder J. Olsen had an emergency appendectomy when he arrived in PyeongChang.
Estimated 2.5 Gs on long track speed skaters as they go around the curves.
I don’t think you can say someone did a quad at big air if he landed on his back and the jump wasn’t scored.

Amanda: 😬
I agree.
😮

FEBRUARY 24

Amanda: I was hoping to find a list like this. The Norwegian curling team’s crazy pants

Lisa: Someone needs to make that list.
Men’s mass start speed skating = Olympic conga line.

Amanda: I don’t know if the above list is exhaustive, but it’s pretty good.
I wanted to watch that! I was almost home in time, but I had to take the dog out.

Lisa: There is at least one pair not on the list. But it’s a good list. We need curling pants for 2022.
The mass start is about 8 minutes long. You should look it up.

Amanda: I will try and watch a replay after church. My live options are hockey and cross country.
Or just Olympic themed pajama pants.

Lisa: Funky pajama pants would be my version of curling pants.

Amanda: Same. We should look for appropriate pajama material.

Lisa: We’ve got four years. We’ll find something perfect.

Amanda: 👍🏻
Maybe we need something appropriate for summer too.

Lisa: Definitely.
5Gs of force going around turns in a 4-man bobsled.
Apparently bobsled is the sport to be in if you are in the military. Blake should take it up.
Wait. We won the men’s curling medal? Cool!
Korea had never won a medal on snow until today. Cool.
“A freak of nature as an athlete.” We think that’s supposed to be a compliment.
Swiss bobsled team has a very prescribed handshake thingy they do before going down.
The NBC bobsled commentator is totally into this sport. You have to get excited listening to him.
Another bobsled tie. This time for silver. I’ve lost track of how many time John Morgan has said “WOW!” He wants to rename the “House of Speed” (apparently the nickname for the sliding center) to the “House of Excitement.”
Also, before these Olympics South Korea had only ever won medals on ice skates of some form. But they won two sledding medals and one snowboard.
Interesting observation between ice dancing and figure skating – ice dancers can wear their hair down and the open parts on their dresses are actually open, not just flesh colored fabric.

Amanda: Wow!
I will let him know!
We did! A bunch of nobodies from Michigan, after the national team gave up on Shuster.
Neat!
Probably?
Rituals are important, especially to athletes.
There is definitely something about the home field advantage.
That is interesting.
Watching the gold medal hockey game. It’s close!

Lisa: I’m cheering for Germany.

Amanda: I think Blake is too. I don’t care.

Lisa: Germany has never won.
The women’s game went to overtime too.

Amanda: I’m now more in favor for them then.

Lisa: And then a shoot out.
And then sudden death.

Amanda: I saw footage of it.
Going into overtime.

Lisa: Yup. Third time in history.
I’ve been awake since 4am (20 hours) so I probably won’t stay up to finish this game. And I didn’t sleep well last night because you don’t sleep well the first night in a new place. Only half your brain goes to sleep.

Amanda: Yeah, you definitely need some sleep.
OT is 20 minutes!?

Lisa: It’s another period.

Amanda: I have just learned this.

Lisa: After that it’s best out of 5 for a shoot out.
After that they do sudden death.

Amanda: Right. Like the women’s game.

Lisa: Yup.

Amanda: So it comes down to whomever scores first in OT? They don’t necessarily play the full period?
Correction. Minnesota.

February 22nd at the Olympics (in which Amanda actually gets there)

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsWhile it wasn’t the Olympic trip she was hoping for, Amanda did have an Olympic experience, and totally made my day and my kids’ day by “taking” them with her. Photos courtesy of Amanda and myself.

Lisa: David Wise won men’s ski half pipe and afterwards hoisted his daughter and son. He had a flag too, but I like hoisting your kids better.
Iddo wants to be a goalie when she grows up and plays hockey so she doesn’t have to skate all over the ice.
They’re rebroadcasting yesterday’s game.

Amanda: That’s so sweet! I remember Dan Jansen doing that after speed skating many years ago.
Sorry to break it to you kid, but you’ll still skate all over. At least in practice.
Makes sense. It was really late for most people and there isn’t anything happening right now.

Lisa: She wants to know where the judges are sitting. Hockey is just figure skating with pads and sticks.

Amanda: On the ice! The referee skates with them, I think.
The Edmonton Oilers did hire David Pelletier (a figure skater) to be their skating coach.

Lisa: But they don’t determine the score like in figure skating.

Amanda: This is true.

Lisa: The replay just ended. “Look at the tumbly tumbly US! They just got in one big pile! Canada looks a little sad. They were hoping they’d win. Yea United States!”
Hockey medals handed out right after the game.

Amanda: Ha!
I heard that one of the Canadians took hers off immediately.

Lisa: Not everyone can be full of the Olympic spirit. And they were definitely dejected when they lost. Super sad.

Amanda: Agreed.
So, our driver dropped us off somewhere relatively terrible. I’m not sure how this is going to work with the shuttles. I’m trying hard not to be super angry right now, but hope we can figure this out.

Lisa: Good luck.

Amanda: Thank you.
This just reminds me that I am more comfortable working out my own transportation. Even relying on public transport, but navigating and planning routes myself. I should have made plans a few months ago, instead of waiting until we knew Blake’s schedule, and been in charge of this trip instead of being at the mercy of someone else and the arrangements they made. And why would this driver drop us off at the media hotel!? Some of this could have been avoided.
Sitting on a bus watching the Olympics in Korea is not the experience I wanted. Close, sort of. But not enough.

Lisa: Frustrating.

Amanda: Very.

Lisa: I definitely prefer coordinating my own vacations.

Amanda: For sure. I can also blame the IOC, right? Why have games so far away from a major city?
I understand having spread out events, but when the hub is still so hard to get to, that’s also frustrating.

Lisa: True.
Make the best of it and enjoy the adventure.

Amanda: I’m trying. 😕
I’m on yet another bus now. This one should be taking me to the main plaza. I’m with another MilSpouse and her kids. I’ve yelled at one of them, but he threw a snowball at me and she is okay that I yelled. I’m not in a snowball throwing mood.
Also, one of my apps said this bus wasn’t even running yet. So, the apps are wrong.
If I’m coming back for the Paralympics, I’m in charge of transport.

Lisa: The Toyota commercials have me excited about the Paralympics.
Cool!

Amanda: They could be a lot of fun. I hope we can work it out.

Lisa: The kids are suitably impressed with your photo.

Amanda: Ha!
Olympic Village!

Lisa: Yay!

Amanda: 😍

Lisa: That looks very official.

Amanda: That’s my ticket! I made it!

Lisa: Woohoo!

Amanda:

(Amanda is holding the same Olympic sign that Iddo is holding here. We scanned in Iddo’s sign and emailed it to Amanda who printed it and took it with her.)

Lisa: You just made her night!

Amanda:

(Amanda played the two videos I sent her of my kids, the first of them all doing Shimri’s Olympic trick together, the second of Iddo’s gymnastics routines (she’s had three classes) so that they could do their Olympic tricks at the actual Olympics.)

Lisa: You are the best!
Excited Olympic watchers

Amanda: I’m happy to help!
😍

Lisa: Medvedeva’s free skate program makes me think of miming or silent movies as she wordlessly tries to tell a story when she isn’t spinning and jumping.

Amanda: I’m guessing that’s the Russian with black gloves? I’m back on a bus. Hoping we get back okay.

Lisa: Yup. That’s her.
Good luck.

Amanda: Cool. Caught the last of that.
Thank you.
Made the second bus back. So, if it only takes 45 minutes, like it did coming here, or if our driver waits for us if we’re late, we’re fine.
I am so glad I didn’t wear my thermals.
But running in a coat and sweater and being out of water is not a combination I recommend.

Lisa: Technology, and you, are just so amazing and cool.

Amanda: Thank you. 😊

Lisa: A whole bunch of guys with leaf blowers clearing the ski jump hill tracks. That was rather funny looking.
France’s jumper’s face while he was in the air was also funny looking.

Amanda: Watching some ski cross on the bus. I don’t speak Korean, but the 😬 sound when watching a crash is the same.
Having just seen that hill – holy wow is that high.

Lisa: I’m watching the ski jumping portion of team nordic combined.
Finland’s jumper’s face when he was sitting at the top was funny looking.
Amanda: I was just there!

Lisa: I KNOW!!!
The Austria jumper’s face is just funny looking. He seemed a little too excited to be jumping off buildings with only a not entirely form fitting suit to keep in him the air.

Amanda: I hope that’s still an excited yell. And not a “stop talking about it already” 😉
Our bus connection was at the Alpensia ski center.
Mine would be an excited face.
Not. Not be. Very important.

Lisa: I’m so excited!!!!

(I took excited photos with all the kids before they went to bed so I could send them to you at appropriate times. All children are currently sleeping.)

Amanda: Very forward thinking! Because I was wondering!
Accidentally took a photo of an Olympic team member!

Lisa: Cool!

Amanda: I saw some other potential Olympians. But none I recognized.

Lisa: What amazes me as I look at the aerial shots is that the snow is on the Olympic course but not everywhere.

Amanda: Actual train of thought I just had:
It’s cool that other countries are excited about the Olympics. And that they are showing them on this bus. Oh yeah, I’m on an Olympic shuttle bus.

Lisa: Still, they are excited enough to have Olympic shuttle busses.

Amanda: It’s true. There is some snow on the ground, but it’s not everywhere. It thundersnowed in Seoul last night. I woke up during the storm.
I’m actually on a bus that’s supposed to be for the media. 🤭

Lisa: We do commentary. We’re totally media. We just have a very small subscription.

Amanda: That’s true. I’m just relieved I didn’t have to show a press pass.
If this ski cross is in real time, they are just cruising through and getting skiers from the bottom to the top and in the right jerseys fast.
Have you figured out or heard why they have a small final and a big final in ski and snowboard cross? Blake asked and I think tried to look it up, but I don’t think we found a satisfactory answer.

Lisa: I have no idea.

Amanda: Oh well.

Lisa: I’m watching the cross-country portion of team nordic combined right now.
It does not appear to be a live event.

Amanda: Just drove past Phoenix Snow Park.

Lisa: Cool.

Amanda: This may not have turned out to be the Olympic experience I was hoping for, but it’s definitely better than nothing!

Lisa: Definitely.
BYU gave students the second week of the 2002 Olympics off because so many students were volunteering. I wasn’t a volunteer but I went up to Salt Lake one day and just soaked in the atmosphere and it was fun.

Amanda: Made it to our next stop with 7 minutes to spare! Time enough for the restroom!

Lisa: Very important.

Amanda: I think that’s a great way to do it. Probably less stressful for than today’s travel shenanigans, but still good just be around them.

Lisa: Foreign travel usually involves some level of shenanigans.

Amanda: So true.
Too many today. But we emerged from the restroom just as our driver pulled up outside. Once again, almost too close for comfort, like yesterday. But we did it!

Lisa: Phew!

Amanda: I am relieved. In more ways than one, since we made our last connection. And heated seats on cold days are pretty much the best thing ever.

Lisa: Ski cross!

Amanda: I won’t spoil it for you!

Lisa: This doesn’t have the live thing on it either.
I barely moved past bunny hills when I skied in 6th grade. So while I prefer SBX, this is still impressive to me.

Amanda: I have never skied or boarded in my life. So it’s all impressive.

Lisa: Canadians do a special hand shake/high five after winning their heat.

Amanda: Cool!
Btw, I did pick something up for you. I think you’ll like it.

Lisa: Go Canadian friends!!
Also, liking the plaid jackets.
Yay!

A sport with entropy!

Amanda: That’s such a cute photo of Izri!

Lisa: We talk a lot about entropy at our house. Particularly when our kids want us to put a piece of food back together that fell apart.
He LOVES the camera, so it’s not hard to get a good one of him.

Amanda: That only really works with things like frosting or peanut butter as glue.
Also entropy is what makes ski/snowboard cross and short track so exciting.

Lisa: Yup.
Iddo is going to start kindergarten being able to accurately use “entropy” and “inertia” in a sentence.

Amanda: 👩🏼‍🎓

February 20th and 21st at the Olympics

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsCarnage (but not really). Falling down and getting back up. Snowboarding. Skiing. Missing the culture segments. And finally, women’s hockey gold!

FEBRUARY 20

Amanda: Apparently there is some sort of process for cleaning the ice after a collision in short track. It involves what looks like a smoother tool and a fire extinguisher?
Maybe it was actually the aftermath of a blade breaking at the start of the race. Watching the skaters get their skates fixed now.
From the short track commentator at the start of the women’s 3000m relay: This is helter skelter stuff. Hold onto your hats.
Lots of skaters falling – “There is carnage all over the place!”
(No actual carnage, I should point out.)
In 2-Man luge, each person has some steering responsibility. What about in bobsled? Unless you’re the pilot do you just fold yourself in and hope for the best?
Seems even more extraneous with 4 people.

Lisa: Everyone has to lean just right for the curves in bobsled. With 4 I think the trick is getting everyone into the sled quickly.
I’m glad there was no actual carnage.

Amanda: That makes sense.
Me too. Drama, but no carnage.

Lisa: Woman’s downhill and Shimri and Shimei are arguing if the skier fell down or if she got back up.

Amanda: Can it be both?

Lisa: Most of their arguments can be both. Doesn’t mean they won’t argue about it though. 😁

Amanda: That’s fair.

Lisa: Can you play this when you are at the Olympics so that my kids do their trick at the Olympics? {video of the kids doing their Olympic trick}

Amanda: Of course!
Watching ski cross on Japanese tv at my favorite ramen place. Can’t understand the commentary, but I don’t need to!

Lisa: I’m watching men’s big air.
Is ski cross as fun as board cross?

Amanda: I was about to say fewer crashes, but then I looked up and saw footage of medics and a skier, so I’m going to say yes.

Lisa: Talking Olympics with my friends at the children’s museum today and they agreed that ski half-pipe just isn’t quite the same as snowboard half-pipe.

Amanda: They just don’t get the same air.
The crashed skier just got evacuated on a stretcher pulled by a snowmobile. I hope they are okay!
I can read most of the screen. It says freestyle ski, ski cross. In Japanese.
Ooh. The other part says tournament.
And there is kanji I can’t read.

Lisa: That’s amazing since you’ve only been there a bit over a year.

Amanda: Reading katakana is a lot like playing Mad Gabs. You sound it out and roll it around in your head until it makes sense, so long as it’s an English word they are using. So, tournament sounds out as tonamento.

Lisa: Sometimes talking with toddlers is a lot like Mad Gabs too. Context definitely helps.

Amanda: For sure. I called my brother for his birthday this week and as soon as he answered I said 誕生日おめでとうございます。And he asked if that was Happy Birthday in Japanese. Yes, indeed! Context is very helpful.

Amanda: And now I’m full of delicious ramen and my tongue is only kind of burnt, so it’s down the street to main base for errands time.
And I was approaching the base shuttle bus stop just as I realized I might be able to catch it. So I jogged a little. Made it to the stop with one minute to spare, but jogging on legs sore from dance with a ramen filled tummy may have been unwise.
But hey, it will save me at least 10 minutes of walking.
It only runs every 30 minutes or so, so I don’t even usually try unless it serendipitously works out.

Lisa: Maybe they should make catching a bus with a belly full of ramen after dancing an Olympic sport.

Amanda: 🤢 🤮

Lisa: Okay. Maybe not.

Lisa: Men’s short track, a whole block of North Korean fans waving their fans in perfect unison. It was a bit unexpected.
Interesting results in women’s short track relay.

Amanda: Yes! That was the one with the drama and carnage.

FEBRUARY 21

Amanda: Buzzfeed: 18 Tumblr Posts About The Olympics That Are Just Really Frickin’ Funny

Lisa: Yup. That’s about right.
Were you able to get your tickets stuff worked out?

Amanda: Not yet. And there have been further schedule changes to complicate things. So in a short bit, I’m on my way and hoping for the best.

Lisa: Good luck.

Amanda: Thank you.

Lisa: Iddo was introduced to cartwheels last week at her gymnastics class and has decided she knows how to do them now after three attempts (she knows the specifics but still needs help making her body do it). She wants me to video her doing one tomorrow to send to you to play at the Olympics.
(her class is tomorrow morning)
I have seen almost zero cultural pieces about what life is like in South Korea. It’s disappointing.
I’ve seen a tiny blip about wandering around the city eating the variety of foods.
And I saw another blip tonight about being able to dress in traditional garb and if you are wearing the traditional clothing you can get into any temple for free.
But that’s it.

Amanda: That should work!

Lisa: Come on! Tell me what the people are like so that I can get to know them and care about them and we can promote more peace in the world!
Vonn went off course. That’s a bit disappointing.

Amanda: That’s true. Might be palaces though. Temples are free anyway.
That’s pretty much what I do. That’s exactly the plan for dinner tonight.
Hear hear!
😕

Lisa: Women’s gold medal hockey match between Canada and US just went to a shoot out after still being tied after over time.
Good opportunity to see the goalies’ helmets.
Izri is probably going to wake up and need me before the shoot out is over.

Amanda: Exciting!

Lisa: Still tied after they each had 5 shots. Now they just shoot till someone scores but someone else misses.
We WON!!!

Amanda: WOOHOO!!!!!

Lisa: We just smooshed our goalie as everyone piled on top of her.

Amanda: Naturally!

Lisa: Good thing they’re all wearing pads.

Amanda: Probably both heavier, yet safer.

Lisa: WOW! The goaltender was the age of Izri the last time the US won the gold.

Amanda: When was that?

Lisa: 20 years ago.
Canada won the last 4 gold medals.

Amanda: Awesome!

Lisa: They are playing “Born in the USA” over the speakers in the arena.
Ten medal events today. Busiest day in Winter Olympic history.

Amanda: Ha!
Because they rescheduled some from tomorrow. 😡

Lisa: Right.
If I stay up just a little longer I can watch a tie breaker curling event!
I think I’ll go to bed.

Amanda: Probably a wise choice.

February 18th and 19th at the Olympics

Categories: Olympics

Olympic ringsCurling pants discussion. Athlete body types. Names for tricks and techniques. Bobsleds. Falls, but getting back up. Just another day at the Olympics.

FEBRUARY 18

Amanda: One of the snowboard commentators on the live feed sounds like an actor from Call the Midwife.

Lisa: Bobsledders have a very different body shape than lugers and skeleton sledders.
I’d wondered why the grooves at the start for luge and skeleton were wider than their sleds. Turns out they are as wide as bobsled tracks.
German sled tipped just at the end.They finished on their side but finished.
You’ve gotta find a replay of the USA vs NOR men’s curling, just to see the Norway pants.
They are AWESOME!

Amanda: I was reading an article yesterday about life in the Olympic Village one of the interviewed athletes said they like to try and guess the person’s sport by their body type.

Lisa: You could definitely do that.

Amanda: Checking it out now!
No, it didn’t load. Pook.
Bah. Lame.
I’ll find it on replay later.

Lisa: I tried googling to get a picture of them. I could only find two bad views on instagram.

Amanda: That’s okay. I will find a way.
Watching the women’s snowboard big air quals, so I have a good idea of where I’ll be and what I’ll see on Friday.
Looks like I’ll have a good view. This is going to be fun!
Half pipe skiing just isn’t as exciting as snowboarding.

Lisa: Johnny Weir – not wearing a sweater tonight.
Woohoo!

Amanda: Yeah, we just tuned in and wow.

Lisa: To be fair, it’s kind of what an ice skating outfit would be if it didn’t have to be skin tight.

Amanda: It’s true. And you should be able to dress true to yourself. As outrageous as that may be.
I hope these arm straps stay up!
Also, he looks like Benedict Cumberbatch.

Lisa: Brett’s not sure about the term “twizzle.”

Amanda: It’s not much stranger than the names for the snowboard tricks.

Lisa: And in figure skating there’s sow cows and lutzes.
There exist Olympic Oreos. But our grocery store didn’t have any so Brett bought regular ones. We’re going to eat this bag so we can justify going to a different store looking for Olympic ones again.

Amanda: Which I think is spelled salchow. I know in snowboarding, the person who creates the trick can name it, which explains some of the silly names. Boarders are no necessarily the most serious of people. And sometimes high. Maybe it’s similar in ice dancing or skating? You do it, you name it or it’s named after you?
I would support looking even before finish the first bag. Also, s’more Oreos are best when frozen. In case you need to know.

Lisa: They had to develop rules for naming gene mutations because the geneticists studying them in fruit flies kept using weird names geneticists talking to human patients couldn’t use for the same mutations in humans and keep a straight face.

Amanda: Yes, salchow was invented by Ulrich Salchow in 1990.
Ha!
An axel is named after Axel Paulsen who created it in 1882.

Lisa: Well there you go.

Amanda: I’ve been to Gangnam. It’s where I stayed with my parents. I didn’t see all the craziness, but I was there.
Also, based on Wikipedia, Lipinski basically disappeared between 2000-2013.

Lisa: Based on Wikipedia I’ve been disappeared since 1978!

Amanda: Ha! To be fair, you’ve never been a nationally public figure.

Lisa: Not that Wikipedia knows about anyway.

Amanda: Or that I know…

Lisa: Me either.

Amanda: Oh well.

Lisa: I like it better that way.

Amanda: Less pressure. More privacy.
Malcolm does not appreciate the hockey whistles and has climbed on my lap for comfort. Time to find another event.

Lisa: I’ve either got hockey or local news here right now for another 20 minutes.

Amanda: He actually scurried out from under the dining room table when I came back in the room and I knew he needed me, so I sat down. I had been putting away laundry. I’ll finish that eventually.

Lisa: It’s so cute when our littles need us.

Amanda: We’ve got some curling on the live feed. Very beginning of the USA v CAN game.
Yes it is.

Lisa: You’re right. Ski half-pipe just isn’t the same. They don’t catch the same air. I wonder why that is.

Amanda: Good question.

FEBRUARY 19

Lisa: A bell lap on a 1.5 lap race is a bit weird. Gun, bell, done.
Two-man bobsled. You want to ask “How often can that happen?!” And the answer would be that the exact same thing happened 20 years ago. Amazing!
Just saw a Canadian skeleton helmet with a moose on it.
This was the first year for ski half-pipe.

Amanda: I thought it was Sochi? Oh well.
500m? That is a short race.
Ha! What was the thing that happened?
Naturally.

Lisa: Tie for gold between Germany and Canada.
Iddo is coloring an Olympic page so that when she goes there she can hold a sign. I’ll send you a picture of it and you can hold it up on your phone for her.

Amanda: Cool!
If you email it to me, I can print out and take photos with it. I’m not bringing my nice camera, just my phone.

Lisa: She’s agreeable to this plan.

Amanda: Excellent!

Lisa: We’ll send a photo of Shimri doing her Olympic trick so she can “do” her trick at the Olympics.

Amanda: I like it!It = the plan

Lisa: Canada driver said he crossed the line and saw that he was in first and was excited and then saw the German team jumping up and down and thought, “Wow, they’re really excited for us.”

Amanda: Ha!

Amanda: The Korean ice dancing pair’s costumes are based on traditional dress and they are lovely.
“Already the beat is important for this music.”
Um, when is it not?

Lisa: Brilliant!
Shimri keeps pointing out excitedly that the half-pipe skiers aren’t falling down.

Amanda: For me, that would be all I ask. Since I’ve never skied in my life.

Lisa: I skied in 6th grade several times. I don’t have a future in it.
I believe half-pipe skiing was an exhibition sport in Sochi.

Amanda: Ah. Ok.

Lisa: The French pair sitting on the couch being very French after Virtue and Moir skate.

Amanda: I had to leave well before the medal contenders skated. But I just got notified that Virtue/Moir won! I’ll try to watch the replay.

Lisa: I liked the brother/sister team from the US. But I’m also partial to Cold Play’s music.

Amanda: I’ll watch their routine too.
This [postponing of the big air competition to a day earlier] is not awesome.

Lisa: Nope. That’s not.
I saw they were changing some of the alpine skiing events due to weather concerns too.

Amanda: Me too. It’s this exact reason I downloaded the app, so I would get notified of changes. I was hoping I wouldn’t. 😔

Lisa: Postponed might be the wrong word for moving it forward a day.
“Rag dolling” in the half pipe is just as bad to watch as it sounds.

Amanda: Yeahhh.
That definitely doesn’t sound good.

Lisa: Watch the “Zamboni” of the half pipe. 8 guys in a backwards flying V going down on the long end of their snowboards to smooth out the bottom of the pipe. Kind of cool looking actually.

Amanda: I’ve seen that!

Lisa: Of course having to do it because a guy rag dolled against the edge of the pipe down into it, not so good.

Amanda: Watching the replay of the last five skaters of the ice dancing. They are currently warming up.
True.

Lisa: I need to go look up the Korean ice dancers you mentioned.
I love the women in the red coats at the tiger ceremonies who shoo the athletes all onto the top tier for the final photo.

Amanda: They’re pretty.

Lisa: Twenty-seven nations have won medals at these Olympics, more than any other winter Olympics.

Amanda: Cool!

Lisa: The Korean ice dancers were beautiful!

Amanda: Quite!
Virtue and Moir were incredible!
My contact for the Olympics is going to try to get us to ski cross. Fingers crossed (heh) that she can get tickets, refund her old ones, and get our driver to change our time!

Lisa: Definitely crossing fingers.
We’re going to email you some photos in the morning for you to take to the Olympics for us.

Amanda: Sounds good!