This is not a drill. It’s almost time for THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!
Let’s take a moment to prepare our hearts, with the help of your friend and mine, Mr. John Williams:
I absolutely love the Olympics and I’m not even the teensiest bit ashamed. I love the events, I love the pageantry, I love the human interest stories, the sportsmanship, the culture, the national pride, and the way the world (and our divided country) all comes together for two weeks. It is absolutely my jam. And for the winter Olympics, I love that I get to see snow. I love watching the ski racers careening down the slopes amid falling flakes. I was seriously disappointed by the balmy temps in Sochi four years ago, I pouted.
In our house, as you know, we #watchallthesports. It is what we do. And when it comes to the Olympics, we do not discriminate. We are not the “Oh, I’ll watch skiing and maybe some figure skating” people. We watch the curling and the ski jumping and the ice dancing and that crazy thing where they cross country ski and then shoot targets. We also do it in the summer, when there are a lot more events. That’s just more to love for us!
This year, we are super excited to share it with the kids. Cam is almost six and Kendall is three and a half and they are starting to enjoy watching #allthesports with us. Kendall has added an extra element for us because she is super-aware of when it is GIRLS who are playing the sports and doing the things. She was only two and a half when we were watching softball and her eyes got big and she said, “Mom! Is dat a she? Doze are GIRLS wif da bats!” So making sure that we watch the women’s events as well as the men’s is a HUGE priority for us.
I’ve made this handy dandy little checklist to hang on our wall to keep track of all the sports we’ve seen and make sure we don’t miss any. Click here to download the PDF.
They aren’t exhaustive, there are far more divisions of some of those events than I included, but I tried to focus on the ones where my kids could SEE the differences, like the heights of the ski jump hills, the number of people in the bobsleds, and how many gates the skiers are trying to hit as they come down the hills.
Also, when you see N/A in the women’s column, it means that event doesn’t exist for women (four-man bobsled, doubles luge, and ski jumping). When you see it in the men’s column, it means that it’s a mixed team event (ice dancing, pairs figure skating, and the luge relay).
SO LET THE GAMES BEGIN! If you need me in the next two weeks, you’ll know where to find me.