Watching the Sochi Olympics and my Nancy Kerrigan connection

Watching the Sochi Olympics and my Nancy Kerrigan connection

Look at us watching the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics! This was the first time the kids actually had any inclination to watch, and by kids, I mean Lilia. Franky still has no clue as to what’s going on. Lilia, however, has been talking about it at school so she was interested in seeing what the fuss was all about.

Yesterday after her swim lesson, she asked if we could go home and watch the Opening Ceremony. She also asked when the swimming started. I explained the differences between the winter and summer Olympics. Well, to the best of my knowledge anyway.

I’ll admit, I’m no Olympics junkie. I know gymnastics, track in the summer and skiing and skating in the winter. Of course, I know I’m doing every other athlete a disservice by not mentioning their sport, so tomorrow we’re going to actually find a list of each sporting event at the Sochi Winter Games. It will be an education for the both of us.

A long time ago in an Olympics land far, far away, I was actually very excited to watch figure skating. I was coming of age during the whole Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding debacle.

Prior to that, while on a junior high band trip, I was shopping with friends in a St. Louis mall. We actually met Kristi Yamaguchi and Nancy Kerrigan. They were in town for a skating tournament and they were browsing the racks at Sam Goody. For you younger kids, that’s a store that sold cassette tapes and even records! (It’s okay youngsters, you can Google it.)

I was so excited to get their autographs on a store flyer and I still have it. Imagine my surprise when the whole knee incident went down. What happened to my Nancy? Gillooly! Harding!

When Nancy and Tonya skated in Lillehammer in 1994 I would say that was the last time I was glued to the Olympics. Since then, I’ve watched here and there, but less than I’d care to admit. Maybe I was just disgruntled by the whole thing.

Fast forward to tonight when we sat down and watched the Opening Ceremony. We were all rather excited once everything got started. By the way, whoever messed up on that snowflake, leave the country immediately. You might want to lay low for awhile. I think we both saw Putin giving you the stink eye.

Turns out, we loved watching all of the countries walking out and seeing all of the smiling faces. I promised Lilia that she could stay up to watch the U.S. team make their appearance. They did, we cheered and now we’re officially ready to start watching the Winter Games.

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