first_imgI thoroughly enjoyed the recent Winter Olympic Games.  I am still amazed at what some people will endure in the name of a sport that affords them the chance of winning an Olympic medal.  Sliding down an ice covered track at 80 mph on a glorified hubcap (luge) is one of those events.  I watch it and think “Are they crazy?”  Then there are the snowboarders who jump into a giant bathtub called a half-pipe and flip every way imaginable before landing at the bottom of the icy surface.  As you might have noticed, if they were slightly off in their landing, they will hit the edge of the half-pipe structure and land on their heads.  They MUST be crazy!The typical winter events like ski jumping and the downhill events are really just as dangerous, but the beauty and grace of the athletes involved make them appear much easier.  They really are not, but the athletic ability of an Olympic athlete makes them appear to be as easy as a leisurely stroll down the mountain.  The fact that a 35-year old Olympian is considered “old” makes you realize just how demanding these events are.I haven’t even mentioned hockey.  People go to hockey matches hoping a fight will break out.  When you think how fast the skaters are going and how they can be legally blindsided by a defenseman, this event also qualifies for “crazy” as well.  The hockey purist will disagree with me.  Oh, well, that’s just my thought.last_img read more