I got SO riled up on Friday night about skeleton. I was watching the final race of the 2012-2013 Skeleton World Cup season, which was in Sochi on the new track that they will be using for the next Winter Olympics. I’ve been watching all season long and was REALLY excited to see how all my favourites do on this track that was brand new for all of them.
I follow a lot of skeletoners on Twitter and for the past two weeks they had been tweeting about cancelled practice sessions and poor ice conditions and horrible hotel food and all sorts of negative stuff. And the fact that it was 17ºC out!
Anyway man oh man the mens race was BANANAS. Especially the first half of the first heat.
Tomass Dukurs started pushing his sled, then at the last possible second decided it wasn’t a good push and quickly managed to stop his sled, do a u-turn and carry his sled back to the start line to try again. This is allowed as long as long as they haven’t reached the first timing eye, and they do actually start within the 20 second start window. It was very surprising because I have never seen any one do that before.
The start groove was really NOT straight and many sliders hit in to the walls right at the very top of the run.
One guy smashed into the side and a mini avalanche of snow and ice fell down on to the track. And then no one cleaned it up!! So the next few sliders had a big disadvantage because they had to slide over a bunch of ice chunks.
The track has a totally unique uphill section.
The outrun looks super dangerous and several sliders hurt themselves trying to slow down.
There is exposed wood in several places down the track, and the ice is super bumpy. Many sliders pinballed down the track. Some sliders opted out of the race because their brain was too rattled from training runs.
Everyone struggled except Martins Dukurs, he made it look easy as usual. He is an INSANELY good skeletoner from Latvia. If he won this race he would win €100,000 for the “Triple Crown” by winning three specific races during the year. It was close between him and a Russian but of course Martins won!! HE IS AMAZING! I think he finished the season with 8 gold medals and 2 silvers, in 10 races, plus the title of World Cup Champion. And when he won a race he won by a mile.
Watch this highlights video if you want a taste of what I get so excited about every week in the winter.
The womens race wasn’t as exciting. The ice was deteriorating quickly and each person coming down had a slower time than the person before them. At least they straightened out the start groove so there wasn’t near as many wall smashes. My favourite non-Canadian slider Noelle Pikus-Pace won the race, and a German girl won the World Cup.
Well now I’m sad that the skeleton World Cup is over, but I’ve still got one more weekend of sliding to come in two weeks so that is good. And I can’t wait until the Olympics!!!
PS My skeleton coach was Martins Dukurs coach in the Vancouver Olympics. You can see him yelling at him to run fast in the Olympics footage.
Here is a collection of my favourite food related art and items at the moment. I LOVE FOOD! AND STUFF WITH FOOD ON IT! If I had unlimited money I would get it all.
Mutato print. I love this. It would look amazing in our kitchen. Unfortunately it would be 40€ with shipping which is too much for me at the moment.
Cheeses is Love print. It is no secret that I love cheese! I like that this is so simple and pretty. US$30 for large size + shipping. Wah.
Baker’s Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan. Corners are the best part of brownies!! (In my opinion.) This particular tray is a bit pricey at US$34.95 + shipping, but THIS ONE would be a totally reasonable substitute at US$5.98, even with slightly less corners per brownie. I’m just waiting until we buy something else on Amazon.com and I’ll add it in to my cart then to avoid paying excess shipping.
Sushi post its. So cute and clever. ¥1890. Also this reminds me that I really want to go to Miku, here in Vancouver, to try their pressed sushi. Maybe this year for our anniversary?
Hamburger sweat shirt. Hehehehehehehehehe. No link for this one because I don’t think it actually exists. SO SAD. How hilarious would someone look walking down the street wearing this. I want that person to be me.
SANDWICH TENT! You’d be the star of any campground. ONLY $794.41 for a two person tent!!! O_o
Furniture waffle iron. Again, I’m not sure if this actually exists, but that’s their website. So genius I can’t even handle it.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the next STUFF I LOVE collection!
I recently decided that I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS! I read listened to an entire book in two days, WHILE WORKING. How’s that for multi-tasking.
I’m sure I could have curled up in bed and read the whole book in two days too, but who has time for that!? Now I can earn money and “read” at the same time. I feel like I’ve opened up a huge new chunk of day for me to take advantage of. Plus it was also kind of… comforting… like the old days when dad used to read to me at night time. A nice feeling.
I was listening to Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans which he podcasted one chapter at a time a while ago when he was having trouble getting it published. You can get it for free off iTunes. Then it won the CBC Canada Reads 2011 contest and I’m sure he’s doing a lot better now. It’s a good story, check it out!
I suppose some books are better for listening to than others. The Best Laid Plans worked well, but we also downloaded audio files of Jasper Fforde’s books and now I am thinking that they might not be as good since he does a lot of clever things with different fonts or intentional ‘myspelings’, which would be lost.
I’ve also listened to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything which was also quite interesting, but that was a serious time commitment since it really is not short at all. Now I need some kind of audiobook library (does that exist? probably) to pick what next! Any suggestions?
The question is, does listening to a book have the same educational benefit as reading a book? It certainly is a lot more passive. But I think I personally absorb more from listening than reading.