Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Olympic Blurb Day 10

Read about Day 9 HERE!



When I say, "Kiss and Cry," do you know which sport I am referencing?

If you have some small understanding of the Winter Olympics, then you'd definitely say, "figure skating!"

And you would be right! Figure skating has a designated area affectionately called the "kiss and cry" area where the skaters receive their scores from the judges. It's basically called that because most skaters there blow kisses to the camera and cry because they're happy or sad about the scores.

Fun fact: the Puffs tissue company has sponsored this area for many years when it comes to U.S. national competitions - so it basically is begging people to know that these people blow their snot into Puffs when they cry - why shouldn't you?

Your answer would also be wrong! Be honest - what sport doesn't have a kiss and cry? Just because figure skating has a cute little area in their venue doesn't mean it's the only one where kissing and crying happens.

When athletes have poured their heart and soul into their sport, one of the first reactions - winners or not - is to cry. The focus has been so tight, the distractions have been so minimal, and all aspects of life have been so geared up that when the goal is achieved, all the emotions pour out. And usually that's with tears.

I've seen tears all over the place over the past ten (ten?!) days of the Winter Olympics. When Mikaela Shiffrin won her gold in giant slalom, there was no "kiss and cry" area. So she had to just curl up in a ball on the ground and cry.

When South Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa won a silver medal in the 500m speed skating event a few days ago, she seemed inconsolable as she skated around the arena with her flag. Her source of comfort was her competitor, Japan's Nao Kodaira, who had taken the gold. 

Team events and relays are fortunate enough to have teammates with which you can share the joy or pain. A team like the Norwegian ski jumping crew can console each other when they gain that glorious gold medal. 

Crying doesn't apply to victories - most of the time it applies to defeat. Maddie Bowman didn't put down a clean run in the ski halfpipe competition - she crashed in all three runs on her final jump. She was crying buckets when she came to the bottom and just wanted to get out of there. Some crying just needs to be done in private. 

Then again, sometimes everyone is your friend when it comes to tears. Shaun White was basically hugging everyone as he cried after his win in the snowboard halfipipe. 

Seeing these athletes break down in tears is a very humanizing moment, and it allows us as the audience to see how much was put into this Olympic journey. We only see the finished product, but it's been years and years of blood, sweat, and...appropriately...tears!

Classroom Blurb

Here are some pictures of the decorations I've put up in my classroom. I took these early on during the Olympics, so my American medal count is updated. (Though there aren't very many new additions from this, to be honest.)







Mini Blurbs

  • Today's list of the things that I watched:
    • ski jumping
    • bobsled (!)
    • ice dancing
    • ski halfpipe
    • hockey
    • long track speed skating
  • How about that men's 2-man bobsled, huh?! It is incredible that after four runs on a track, two teams could end up with the exact same time in the end. Neither the Canadian team nor the German team seemed to be annoyed by that fact - they were overjoyed to share it with their rivals! (After spending the entire season near each other, it's only natural that there would be a lot of positive vibes.)
  • The live stream commentator for the ski and snowboard freestyle keeps saying "stylie" instead of "stylish." I mean, come on, man; it's not even abbreviating the syllables or something like that!
  • The long track speed skating was fun again - it was basically the inverse of yesterday - the men raced the 500m and the women did the pursuit quarterfinals. The women of Team USA advanced in the pursuit, and the men's 500 was insanely fast! 
  • I'm very relieved the Latin short dance is over for ice dancing. That was enough rhumbas, salsas, and cha-chas to last me a lifetime. The free dance allows for so much more variety. (Thank goodness.) I won't be staying up to see it all tonight, though - I have to teach tomorrow!
  • I thought that the bird noise was obnoxious in the ice dancing venue last night - but someone has brought in a horn for the free dance!
  • Unlike other freestyle events, the women's ski halfpipe has been a lot of clean runs and top scores at the very beginning. Sometimes it feels like everyone is crashing and the person who wins gold is just the person to stay on top of their apparatus! Not so with this event. Bring your A-game or bust.
Tomorrow promises a lot of awesome events. The women's 2-man (2-man? 2-person?) bobsled starts in the morning (my kids are going to be thrilled!), and then there is the mixed biathlon relay, too! Two men and two women per country ski and shoot. That has shot up to priority-watch as I get ready for school in the morning. (If you're reading this in time, it starts at 6:15 on the live stream and you really should watch biathlon come on now!)

My name is Claire Nat! You can follow me on Twitter @CeePipes for lots of Olympic comments, or follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/blurbmusings. Check out my blog for other articles!

Read about Day 11 HERE!


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