I've Got a Winter Olympic Event for You....

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

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.



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Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID

Ha ha sounds like a plan...

Feb 21, 2010 02:18 PM #1
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Chris Ann, I am ROFL! You definitely get the gold for the Snow Shoveling event:

Feb 21, 2010 10:31 PM #2
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

I hear you on this one - I feeli like I've been in training for the Olympics

Feb 21, 2010 11:21 PM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Hey I've got a friend who is a curling fanatic.  She and her husband curl in a league and I tried to ask why chase a ball with a broom and got an earful on tatics and strategy.  Shuffleboard on ice if you ask me :-)

Feb 21, 2010 11:43 PM #4
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Chris Ann:

Living in Nancy Kerrigan territory I can attest to the fact that figure skating has more soap operas to it than most of the events.

Now, snow shoveling - that's a great idea for a winter Olympic event.  Competitive and highly useful!


Feb 22, 2010 12:31 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Corey:  I am really just baffled by how some of these sports deserve medals.

Jackie:  No.  I have to give that my husband James.  He worked his tail off.

Janice:  It's one of the hardest things we ever have to do, isn't it?

Feb 22, 2010 01:02 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Cindy:  Shuffleboard on ice.  Great way to describe it. 

Claudette:  There is a lot of drama surrounding skating.  And the juding is so subjective.  There is no universal element like time on which to judge. 

Feb 22, 2010 01:04 AM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Why don't you get a snowblower? Oh, I know it may seem extravagent to fork out 500 bucks for a piece of equipment that you may not use every year, but it sure does get the job done quickly. If I entered your event, I'd come with a snowblower, LOL.

Feb 22, 2010 01:44 AM #8
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

I'm in!

With all the recent experience it would be quite an event

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Feb 22, 2010 07:30 AM #9
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Chris Ann ---- I am so glad that I don't know how hard snow shoveling is --hopefully the winter is almost gone.


Feb 22, 2010 07:50 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  The snow shoveling equivalent to steroids.  Disqualified!  :)  In all seriousness, we don't have one because we have nowhere to put one in the garage.  It's already packed to the gils. We've done the next best thing and become friends with the neighbor who has one.

Charles:  Sounds like we've got more coming.  Ugh!

Liz:  No quite. We've had snowstorms as late as March.  And not small storms either.

Feb 24, 2010 01:24 AM #11
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