Watching the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, I have much appreciation for many events, but am left scracthing my head how some events even make the cut.
Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy skill sports like figure skating. Just don't get why there is also ice dancing? Is there a difference? Seems like many of the events are lacking in originality, even athleticism. Come on, what exactly is curling? And what is the difference between the guys that do that and the league bowlers I see at the local lanes? And what does shooting have to do with cross country skiing? If it weren't an Olympic sport, would anyone care to pay to see the event otherwise?
Having been through three blizzards this winter, I am throwing this one in the suggestion box for the International Olympic Committee (or whatever they call themselves.)
Time it, and make it a heavy snow. Atheletes must move predetermined amount of snow in fastest time with only a shovel. Have an aspiring Olympian on your block when you are the unfortunate of one or more blizzards? No problem. Get the aspiring athlete down to "practice" on your driveway.
At least it's not to be confused with any other event and I know that the guy, or gal, who wins the medals deserve them. Shoveling is HARD. And I know everyone in Northern Virginia agrees with me.