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Winter is coming...again

POSTED: February 12, 2014 12:00 p.m.

In case you needed a reminder, it’s winter outside.

Most of us in this part of the world are a bit spoiled when it comes to mild winters. Don’t get me wrong, we pay it back ten-fold come summer time, but things are pretty easy here in winter.

The problem with that is how many great sports we miss out on. I know that we can go ice skating at the mall sometimes around Christmas, but that doesn’t really cut it.

It’s tough to be good at winter sports when you never really see winter.

You don’t often hear about great snowboarders from Georgia or ice dancers from Alabama. These things just don’t happen.

Which, you know, is why most of us ignore the Winter Olympics every four years.

The Winter Olympics are a beautiful event full of pageantry and athleticism and dudes with long hair proving that they, too, have a place in the upper echelon of sports. Seriously, have I ever told you how cool I think snowboarders are?

I’m sure most of you know about the controversy surrounding this year’s Olympics in Sochi and the discussions about whether or not we should have boycotted this year, but what more do you know about them?

Do you know that America has not won Olympic gold in ice hockey since the 1980 "Miracle on Ice?"

Or did you also know that there are two native Georgians participating in this year’s games? Elana Meyers from Douglasville and Kyle Carr, a speed skater, is from Peachtree City. Also, Elana Meyers has something in common with a name that I’m sure most of you know very well.

A few weeks ago, I tweeted some Winter Olympics trivia for all of our followers of @BarCoSports.

I asked our followers if they knew who the first Winter Olympian from the University of Georgia was. Do you? Surprisingly, it was the great Herschel Walker. While the movie "Cool Runnings" is largely comic and embellishes a few things, they get one aspect of bobsledding right, and that’s the fact that sprinters make great bobsledders.

Herschel, with his combination of speed and strength, made a good choice as a bobsledder. Likewise, Elana Meyers of Douglasville is a bobsledder.

So if there’s one thing that Georgia can do in the Winter Olympics, it’s bobsled. Go figure. I’m sure most of you who’ve been out driving in this weather feel like you’re piloting a bobsled.

Also, I can not impress on you enough how much fun curling actually is. I know, I know, curling is a joke.

But seriously. There is a lot of strategy and skill that goes into curling.

I would encourage you to watch curling. And ice hockey. And snowboarders.

Look. Here’s the deal, people. You’re iced in. Just watch the Olympics and pretend that this kind of weather is normal for us. If I know Georgia climatology like I think I do, we’ll all be wearing shorts this time next week.

 

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