Winter Olympics Chicago Style

Winter Olympics Chicago Style
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Well it's time for the Winter Olympics again, and maybe you are wondering how you can be a part of it all in addition to watching on TV.  Have you always wanted to try downhill skiing, or envied figure skaters?  It's not too late.

It's winter here in Chicago, and we have plenty of ice and snow right now. Let's make the most of it!

Here are some of the classic Chicago winter sports---

Shoveling--Pictured above is the all-time shoveling champion from the Blizzard of 1967.  Shoveling combines the endurance of marathon running with the strength of power lifting. Shoveling includes clearing  sidewalks, steps, decks  and porches.  It may also include clearing the driveway,  or digging out a parking space for your car, parking in the parking space, and digging out your car from the parking space.

Snowblower  is for extreme snow removal. The spray of snow and cleared pathways is always a dramatic event!

Driving has its drama, too--starting the car, driving in traffic, driving over ruts in the back streets and the alleys. Pushing the car out of a snowdrift.

Walking is the best of the winter sports to me--walking on icy sidewalks combines the agility and coordination of hockey with the grace and athletics of figure skating.  There's the grand slalom of getting around  unshoveled  walks, and dodging traffic in the streets.  Don't forget the challenge of climbing the snow mountains on the corners! Combine the snow mountains  with a backpack or  bags of groceries and you have a real biathlon event.

Falling is a real art--it combines the balance and reflexes of skating with the speed of the luge and air of snowboarding.  It is the most dangerous of winter sports, even more dangerous than dodging the chunks of falling ice and snow from tall buildings.

Of course, there are other  winter sports. There are snow sculptures to make, and snowball fighting.  There is the companionship of dog-walking. Get out and enjoy them all!

And take a moment to appreciate the silence of falling snow, the  beauty of a world without sidewalks and roads. I hope you enjoy all of it before it melts away.

Here's a post about walking in the winter.

Here's some more winter beauty.

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  • I like your pentathlon. You win the gold.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    You are the best, AW! Thanks so much for reading.

  • Of course I love the comparison of hockey and walking. How's this for a theme song: "Ooh ooh ooh! I wanna walk like Q ooh ooh!" -- for Coach Q of the Hawks, of course?

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Excellent! Thanks for reading.

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