I am feeling batty.
You can do it!
I have an urge to bake something,
hmmm wonder what I should bake.
I do have a lot of apples…
lets go, blue jays, let’s, play, ball.
There are a lot of differences between Olympic hockey and hockey that we are used to when watching the NHL games.
The Olympic hockey is very exciting, the games are fast and intense, players are on the ice for less than a minute often, before being changed so they can rest.
They don’t just coast around surprised when the other team scores like some teams… not to name any leafs or anything..
There are a lot of differences between the two. Some rules or changes are a bit more subtle and perhaps do not have as much as an impact on the game. Other differences are more pronounced and do.
A lot of NHL players are on the teams, close to 150, so they are used to playing on the NHL ice. Well the mens teams. But the ladies teams play on NHL ice for some of the countries as well, two for sure. lol. So the ladies coast out on to the Olympic ice and go woo hoo look at all the room. 😉
The obvious difference is the size of the ice rink.
The NHL ice is about 200 feet by 85 feet. Olympic ice is about 210 by 98. On Olympic ice there is an extra two feet behind the net.
So how does this somewhat tiny change impact the game? It doesn’t sound like a big change, it really does change the way the players used to smaller ice play though. The goal is farther away from the corners, there is more room behind the net for two players, resulting in the puck being taken away from you when you are used to blocking attempts more easily. There is more skating on the Olympic ice.
With the Olympics there are so many highs and so many lows. Training for years, devoting so much of your life, finances even diet for that thirty second run down a hill to end up standing on the podium with a huge smile, or twisted up in a fence halfway down the hill… it can truly go any way. Best laid plans can quickly twist into torment and pain, when an unexpected bit of ice or perhaps burst of wind can finish your event.
How to cope with that experience must be so hard. Win or lose we must embrace all of our Olympians with pride and love.
There are lots of great stories too. When you do your very best, you feel the snow slipping under your skis, each twist of your body feels just so right, the wind rushes by as you cross the last line and your smile spreads wider than ever before, because you know that you did your best.
When you stand on the podium, your countries flag is over head rising, and you hear your national anthem. Tears are streaming from your eyes, dripping off your chin even, you reach out and grasp your sisters hand and squeeze… because she is standing beside you on the silver podium, also with tears. That is one of those moments, one of those stories.
I love the winter Olympics.
Yay Justine and Chloe
They started, woo hoo. the winter Olympics. We watched the opening event at a party… hmmmm yawn? eeeeps.
Lots of excitement today though. the games are underway, what to watch, lots of peeks to see how things are going, watching hockey games on my phone… I should get a medal for that I think.
Mark McMorris! Dude you are officially nuts. lol. Winning a bronze medal snowboarding with a BROKEN RIB! But I am proud of you, Yay Mark! Amazing dedication. I hope you take some time off to watch now and rest. Broken ribs are very painful. Having broken lots of them I know. 😉
The hockey game though, wow. I love the way they played. A mostly very clean game with passing, a team game… hmmm I wonder if the ladies would be interested in wearing blue and white….. That would be AWESOME. They still would have a maple leaf too. Yay Tara! Goal one in one minute and twenty five seconds, did you hear us cheering? You rock! Party tonight. 😉
The Swiss goalie, Florence Schelling, was simply amazing. 69 shots on net. Wow. Great job.