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madameshawshank



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Location: Penrith (where jacarandas remind me of change), New South Wales, Australia

PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tale of Johnny

http://sports.bostonherald.com/winterOlympics/figureSkating/view.bg?articleid=126650

and in this link you'll find the answer to this ? ~ what is Johnny's once-a-year cake treat...(that my friends is why I'll never win a gold medal in iceskating Wink ...once-a-year cake treat! definition of hell methinks..)

http://www.nymag.com/news/imperialcity/15949/index.html

'tis Saturday...hot hot hot...we're moreeeeeeeeeeeee than ready to sit back and watch a few hours of Winter sports...

drugs: http://za.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyID=2006-02-16T105727Z_01_BAN639485_RTRIDST_0_OZASP-OLYMPICS-DOPING-20060216.XML

good drugs bad drugs decisions...all we consume does something to our bodies...the need to be the fastest...

speed

being the medal one
the medal won podium
winner knows story
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we're watching the skijump..I might have to wait for virtual skijumping...Simon Ammann from Switzerland has just jumped ~ wondrous..

my daughter reckons they look like Gumby...anyone remember those rubbery figures? sort of puffy lycra ~ Gumby skiing Wink

gee, Erin..I'm spoilt for choice with the disciplines ...which to choose..golly...can I do them all? and how about skating...I've wept on ice as well...oh how that fall hurt!

I also specialise in tears of joy...
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Erin



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Location: Within view of Elliot Bay, The Olympics and every ship in the Sound

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donna, Madame, Kudos for the haiku's!

Oh Lindsey.....(sigh, shake).

Ski jumping is one of my favorites! When I was in junior high the Olympic's were in Albertville and Toni Neiminen was the star, setting a world record. Oh what a crush I had! Most of my friends had the New Kids On the Block hanging in their room, I had one of Finland's most famous ski jumpers. I was a weird kid.

Madame, If we skate the outfits will be better. I favor skates that have pom's and one on my hat to match.
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Location: Vancouver

PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horray for Team Canada - repeat gold medal in women's hockey! I'm a little dissapointed I couldn't avoid hearing the results before I got home. I think I'd enjoy/pay more attention to the game if I didn't know the outcome.

So much to watch, so little time...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the least endearing traits of athletes--or politicians--is arrogance. And so I confess to a feeling of well-being that the self-proclaimed world's best US skiers found their comeuppance in the games, winning one medal to nine for Austria. The Hermannator (Hermann Maier of Austria) put it best when he was on the podium to receive his bronze medal, while his fellow countryman got the gold
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"Who is the best in the world?" Maier bellowed with a laugh. He shrugged his shoulders, broke into a grin and added, "Anyone can say he's the best."

The motto of the United States Alpine ski team for several years has been "Best in the World."
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Erin



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicago Bear,
I am always into the games, but this year more than any I have found myself cheering for people other than Americans. I love my country, but have seen some discusting displays of arrogance. I do hope those involved have learned a thing or two.
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Leo



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The games have been interesting so far. While I can support any of 3 nations, one native and two adopted, it is just thrilling to watch these driven athletes from whatever background, whatever the media says about them, and know that it, at some point, all started with a dream.

A dream that can end in gold, silver or bronze for only but a few.

I quite like the adverts here in NZ by Nelson Mandela and Andrea Boccelli for the Celebrate Humanity Campaign.

You can see them here:

http://www.olympic.org/uk/passion/humanity/index_uk.asp
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

began with a dream...

there's a guy on the Oz team who was a volunteer at the Sydney Games....he got to thinking...ummmmm "I'd like to do that"..BE in the Olympics...and so he did...dream..

ah, those Sydney Games... Very Happy

we live near the regatta centre where the rowing and white water events were held...the Canadian team lived opposite us ...such fun! Our son had his birthday the day after the torch was carried along our street...we had an Olympic party...dress up thank you....moi was the chef de mission...I wore Andy's chef gear.. Wink

the team came over for dinner on the b'day night...Andy cooked a feast....I had all sorts of Australian 'things' on a table...fairy bread etc...

might I be so bold as to quote from the visitors' book ..."I've been to three Olympics and 9 World Championships and I've had more fun this weekend than in all the other years combined."

When Steve Giles won his medal, we decorated the front of the house the team was renting...red and white all over the place..signs proclaiming the victory...I raced to an embroidery place and had them embroider on a hat...there to greet them...it was such marvellous fun...I was drunk with joy during all those wondrous days..


after the Games, some of the German rowers came for a party...we'd met them on the torch day and invited them for dinner or whatever....they said after the Games were over...

never ever will I forget THAT night! It's not every day a guest arrives with a silver Olympic medal! I found beautiful Australian wildflowers...we have neighbours who came from Germany...Chris held the flowers and sang the German national anthem...Sophie, our daughter, taught our visitors all about the "tim tam straw" ...google if ya wanna know more! So much laughter I thought I'd split my sides..

I've photos of my nieces and nephews sitting on a staircase...holding the medal..eyes bright...

I asked friends who came to bring Oz goodies to give as gifts..such variety as you can imagine...

It's flooding back..joyous flooding...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Madame! Such wonderful memories----and thanks for fussing over our rowers!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My son is a rower and I found, of all the teams he was on, the kids on his crew were the NICEST, most down to earth kids - boys and girls. It is the epitome of a TEAM sport. There are no goals to be scored, no touchdowns, no home runs. If you don't work together you don't win. It takes the ego out of the sport and only the real TEAM is successful. That's why they're so nice one on one, I think. Razz

Yes, yes, I think my son is a nice guy - but it was a pleasure to have his friends over. In contrast to his ice hocky team, where there were some real hot dogs who could be fairly dismissive of their team mates. Rolling Eyes

I think it's wonderful that you had that experience. Lucky you! Cool
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