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In Which I Have A Lot of Feelings, Mostly About the Olympics

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by Ellen Gordon 2 Comments

Winter has always been my favorite season. I love the scarfs and the snow and the boots and the skiing and the twinkling Christmas lights. Unfortunately, having a broken foot has definitely put a bit of a damper on my mood this year.

Luckily, I’ve been able to distract myself with my favorite quadrennial activity…

THE WINTER OLYMPICS.

I’m obsessed with it all. The opening ceremony. Snowboarding. Curling. Biathlon. Hockey. Skiathlon. Ice skating (Evegeni Plushenko <3). And, most recently: ice dancing.

Ice dancing had never really been on my Olympics radar, but that all changed when my friend, Britt (see below!), and I watched “How to Raise an Olympic Athlete” and learned about Meryl Davis, Charlie White, and their moms, Cheryl and Jacqui.

crying

Crying buddies!

We cried. We screamed. We learned all about Merlie‘s seventeen year skating partnership. We fawned over The Moms.

For that moment onward, my Olympic experience changed forever into a full blown extravaganza spanning snapchat, facebook, and our living room couches. Britt and I watched it all, but at the end of the day, it was always ice dancing that we found ourselves completely fixated on.

time zone troubles.

Time zone troubles.

Merlie knocked it out of the park, winning gold (first for the USA!) and setting a new ice dancing record. Despite that, the past week and a half of Olympic viewing hasn’t been all fun and games. The time delay caused some spoiler problems, and some moments have been hard to watch.

However, I’m still going to be extremely sad when the Olympics are over this Sunday. They have taken up such a large part of my life recently, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do without them.

selfiez

Thanks for the hat, Ralph!

Hopefully my air cast will be off soon, so don’t be surprised if you see me on the Lakefront path, dramatically pretending I’m in the middle of the skiathlon. And if it doesn’t come off, well, I guess I’ll just have rely on my official Olympics hat to hold me over until Pyeongchang!

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Picture of the beautiful Britt Logan in tears has been used with permission from the aforementioned beautiful Britt Logan.

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2 Responses

  1. avatar Britt Logan says:

    So much love for Merlie and Jeryl. But more love for you, my Olympic-viewing companion!

  2. avatar E. says:

    As a former ice dancer and your BFF, I think I have the right to say that you two are way hard core friending in my absence and that ice dancing should never be that emotional.