Women and the Olympics

February 17, 2010 | NeW Staff

Sports are sports and sports during most seasons divide us. Gators vs. Bulldogs, Jets vs. Dolphins; it is easy for me (a Florida-teams-are-the-best-teams-ever sports girl) to forget that there are a few sports programs outside of the BCS Championship that are worth watching. Like say, the Olympics.

Last night, downhill snowboarders and men’s figure skating fascinated me for hours as I sat glued to the TV wondering if Evan Lysacek would land his Triple- he did by the way. Watching athletes this powerful is truly remarkable. The downhill snowboarders flew through the air and landed hard on their boards, making personal bests with their ponytails close behind. And no, I am not talking about Shaun White, but women who dare to compete at the Olympic level in snowboarding and ice hockey.

While WNBA is struggling to make ticket sales, women in Vancouver are tearing it up one slope, ramp, and rink at a time. Meghan Casserly of Forbes writes about why women actually watch the Olympics and concludes,

“Every two years the Olympics offer a welcome chance to watch the very best female athletes take their turn in the spotlight.”

Women still succeed at graceful figure skating, yes, but some women today are becoming more and more extreme, pushing the limits of who is an athlete to a whole new level. Julia Mancuso is case and point. Earning gold at Torino, Mancuso is ready to ski her way back to the podium with a Tiara on top of her helmet. Check out her interview this morning with TODAY’s Natalie Morales about her childhood dreams coming true.

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Watching women compete in the Olympics is something we all should raise a glass to. 



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