You're joking, right? I assume so, because nothing less than the most beautiful and courageous women with the most magnificent female physiques in the entire history of the human race are competing right now.
Take figure skating. This is not the little adolescent bouncing pixies of the summer gymnastics; these figure skaters are real women with the finest legs on the planet. Ditto for the speed skaters, who add mind-boggling cardio fitness.
And speaking of matchless fitness and perfect physiques, I fall on my knees and bow to the the Nordic goddesses of all nationalities competing in cross-country ski racing. The years of discipline and willpower those young women have applied brings a tear to my eye to contemplate.
One of the most inspiring sights in my life was the end of the 30k women's marathon in Vancouver in 2010. It was 33 degrees with a light drizzle - dead miserable. As they crossed the finish line with their very last microgram of endurance the girls fell to the snow and began shivering violently, going from burning thousand of calories an hour to nothing. I wanted to hug them all and kiss their foreheads.
Last but not least, the women racing the downhill. Most people don't understand what "The Downhill" really means, so let me translate. The Downhill is a typical male-type activity: "Lets find the tallest, steepest mountain, go the very top, and ski right to the bottom as fast as we can though insanely fast turns over death-defying terrain, often on glare-ice." People die racing the Downhill.
Except - these aren't boys. We expect boys to seek that kind of nutso challenge. No, these are girls, doing something very unusual for their fair sex. Talk about I am not worthy: I am not worthy, I am not worthy!
I have posted on this in the past:
2/10/14, responding to a cynical sneer by another forum member who wrote "discipline = money":
Go tell that to one of those god-like female cross country skiers who has just crossed the 30k finish line, her heart pounding at 200 beats per minute, having burned the last milligram of muscle glycogen three k back and finished on pure willpower. Better yet, tell it to her during the thousands of hours and miles of training she endured to get there, dragging her tired body onto the trails day after day, week after week, year after year, gasping through endless intervals - all with no one watching at all. Better yet, tell it to one of the biathalon girls after she's just popped five targets the size of a silver dollar from 25 yards with her heart racing at 140 beats per minute. Make sure she doesn't have any extra rounds tucked away first though...
Go tell that to one of those god-like female cross country skiers who has just crossed the 30k finish line, her heart pounding at 200 beats per minute, having burned the last milligram of muscle glycogen three k back and finished on pure willpower.
Better yet, tell it to her during the thousands of hours and miles of training she endured to get there, dragging her tired body onto the trails day after day, week after week, year after year, gasping through endless intervals - all with no one watching at all.
Better yet, tell it to one of the biathalon girls after she's just popped five targets the size of a silver dollar from 25 yards with her heart racing at 140 beats per minute. Make sure she doesn't have any extra rounds tucked away first though...
... Or the figure skaters. Have you ever gone down on the ice hard? It does not give. But that's their job, to go down like that countless times, during endless hours of training. Training equivalent to having a brutally physical full-time job, in addition to school, plus just trying to be a kid. How do you think they learn how to do those impossible feats?
Discipline? Willpower? The Navy Seals got nothing on these beautiful young athletes. God bless them all.
...Anyone else here remember Bonnie Blair and her fellow Wisconsin-based speed-skating Olympians including Dan Jansen from 1988? They were electrifying! There was an element of pathos too, because Jansen's sister died the day before his event. She won five gold medals in her career, becoming "one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history" per wiki.
I mention this because Blair came from a decidedly middle class/blue collar background, and competed in a sport which - like most in the winter Olympics - comes with no promise of potential future riches. It's all grit and little glory except for the tiny handful like Blair and Jansen who make a name for themselves. A name but not a fortune - there is no "Icecapades" afterlife for speedskaters. But they train and endure just as much as the figure skaters.
Calgary 1988 was the greatest Olympics in history based on one objective and one subjective element: The women skaters' costumes were the skimpiest and the coverage included lot of revealing skating backwards shots. Plus, one of the most devastatingly gorgeous and sexy women in the history of sport won the gold medal: Katerina Witt.
After that the costumes became more conservative, with less butt flesh exposed.
Olympic figure skaters - unbelievable. Makes this guy feel touched by the sublime.
"Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe." It's more than that though - read here.
...That Korean girl's performance, it felt like being at the unveiling of Michelangelo's David, or Leonardo's Last Supper: You just knew you were in the presence of something miraculous. Superhuman.
They're all superhuman. Watching them makes me want to make like these guys :
... OMG, it's the Women's Olympic Downhill! <drops to knees and performs repeated "I-am-not-worthy" salaams>
This and the women's 30k x-c are the ones that really get me choked up. Lindsey Vonn's win in 2008 almost had me in tears.
(Why no choking up at the men's accomplishments, Ari? Because I'm a sexist pig? Maybe, but men striving to perform amazing physical feats kind of comes with the genes, while it feels positively supernatural when cute young chicks go for it.)
...Lindsey Vonn is God, because in 2010 she won the gold medal in the Olympic Downhill! <drops into full Wayne-and-Garth mode, angelic choir soars in background> Anyone who's done much downhill skiing will understand. That moment when she won - I think it was known when she crossed the line - was absolutely electrifying, I'll never forget the feeling. So sad injuries kept her out this year, but when you're God you're God, and that can never be taken away.
Not sure how I can top Ari's impassioned praise-fest of these lovely lasses. Can't ski anymore because of age and knees, but fun to watch all these kids go at it. Didn't have Direct Tv and a DVR last time around so it's a lot easier to record for later viewing, which I can fast foward thru all the commercials and small talk. I do hope that Mikaela Schiffrin wins a bunch of medals, and that Lindsey Vonn goes out with glory. Both call Colorado home, and both are phenomenal athletes.
I'm glad they've made free-style skiing an Olympic event, much fun to watch, and of course I have to watch the figure skating...even the ice dancing. Glad to see Tanith White (formerly Belbin) being used as a commentator....she was and still is incredibly hot.
Last night got to ogle Canada's ice dancerTessa Virtue, who is a bit older than some of those thin little things with their hair all bunned up, and much more womanly, with that long dark ponytail flying around as she makes it all look easy. Beautiful and really built! Also gorgeous with the hair up!
I'm catching some of the women's ski jumping (is it even necessary on this forum to specify it's "women's" anything that we're watching?)
Here's a surprise to me: These are about the cutest young girls I've seen in the Olympics - "cute" in fresh-and-wholesome high school-girl type manner. Different from the womanly magnificence of the 20-something skaters, lioness downhillers and peak-fitness cross country ski goddesses.
Slovenian jumper Nika Kriznar
Thanks Skyhawk for that pic.The young lady in the photo is pure, stunning loveliness!Man, I can just imagine how heads start turning, and tongues start wagging, whenever that gorgeous creature enters a large room, that's crowded with people.BTW, never follow either the summer, or the winter, Olympic Games, though as a former marathon runner (including having done the Boston Marathon) I certainly appreciate athletic achievement, and the incredible amount of training that anyone who has become an Olympic athlete, has to have done.LovesWomenFrenching "It is a rare thing indeed, to ever observe in nature, anything so beautiful, as the sight of 2 pretty women, with one engaged in slowly sucking on the tongue of the other."(email@example.com)
Came across the yesterday. Probably the happiest day of her life. Forgot how strong a skater she was, not to mention her cuteness back before she fell in with the dark side. Had a bad upbringing and associated with the wrong people, especially her punk "husband" Could've had a rewarding career, but not to be.
Very cool, Skyhawk.Since I don't really follow skating, unfortunately I was just remembering Tonya Harding as being connected with the infamous attack on that other skater's knee.But people should really also remember what I had certainly forgotten, (if I ever knew it) which was that Ms Harding was a woman with a huge amount of talent, that she could have only displayed after having done a tremendous amount of hard work, which was an almost endless degree of practicing.And THAT LINK you provided, Skyhawk, is to an absolutely STUNNING skating performance by Tonya Harding, that even to a person who's as ignorant as me, about the finer points of skating, was just JAW DROPPING, and had me saying WOW.I guess Tonya Harding really made sports history by being the first American to do a triple axel. Now I don't know if she was the first female American skater to do one, or she was the first American of either sex to do one, but that skating program she did for the 1991 American Nationals, that your link presented, was something that made a casual viewer, like me afraid that the young lady was going to fall each time she came down onto the ice, from doing one of her high, spinning, jumps.I honestly have no idea how Tonya did not get disoriented from dizziness, from all of those very fast spinning moves. Do skaters have some kind of special conditioning that allows them to train themselves so they are resistant to getting dizzy?Anyhow, thanks for that link, because it was great to see that Tonya deserves to be remembered for a lot more than a skating competitor having been rapped in a knee. Harding was truly amazing in her performance captured on that video!!LovesWomenFrenching "It is a rare thing indeed, to ever observe in nature, anything so beautiful, as the sight of 2 pretty women, with one engaged in slowly sucking on the tongue of the other."(firstname.lastname@example.org)