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I Can Hardly Contain Myself

January 23rd, 2010

I’m so excited for February 12, 2010 to come. Why? Because that’s when the winter Olympics officially begin. Mr Chiots and I are HUGE winter Olympics fans. When I say huge I’m not kidding. We work extra hard in the weeks coming up to them so we can spend 24/7 making sure we don’t miss any Olympic action. We love them so much we considered attending these Olympic games since they were in Canada. Did you notice my new countdown clock to the right?

I’ll be cheering for team USA of course. During the summer games I cheer on all the Colombian athletes as well, but there aren’t any in the winter Olympics. I suppose if I were good at any winter sports I could be on team Colombia.

Mr Chiots and I don’t have cable TV, but we’re getting it for the month of Feb so we can enjoy every part of the 2010 winter Olympics. We should have more than enough to watch, I read there’s going to be over 3600 hours of coverage on various channels and on the internet. Of course we’ll have the laptop in the living room to look up schedules, results, other information and to keep an eye on the medal counts. Hopefully I’ll find time to post here on the blog, although you’re getting a early warning, it may be quiet around here from Feb 12-28.

Are you a fan of the winter Olympics? Which team will you be cheering for?

18 Comments to “I Can Hardly Contain Myself”
  1. granny on January 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

    AUSTRALIA !!!!
    Aussie Aussie Aussie…!!
    .-= granny´s last blog ..Summer Time…And The Living Is Easy :0) =-.

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  2. Chicago Mike on January 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I have been hooked on the Winter Olympics since watching the 1980 US Hockey team when I was a kid.

    I desperately wanted to compete in Skeleton.

    U baby, S baby, A baby!
    .-= Chicago Mike´s last blog ..Sesame Crackers =-.

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    • Susy on January 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

      I think I’d like to try Curling. Mr Chiots and I love it!

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  3. Christine on January 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Sometimes your posts really surprise me. I would not have pegged you as a person that would care at all about the olympics. I think it’s really awesome that you don’t fit into some cookie-cutter set of interests!
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Can you dig it? =-.

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  4. Dave on January 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I like to watch some of the Olympics whether summer or winter. I liked the days where both summer and winter occurred on the same year. It’s always fun to watch the different events. My wife likes the skating stuff, I’m more of a general watcher.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Great Home Gardens: An Italian Garden =-.

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  5. Denise on January 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Yes!!!! I’m a fan. And we are not cable subscribers either, so I really need to get this taken care of. What was the damage on getting basic cable (or whatever you got) for just a month? I keep thinking it shouldn’t be that expensive, but you just never know. I think I better put this on my Monday to do list before the Olympics sneak up on me.

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    • Susy on January 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

      Well, it’s pretty steep if you don’t want to sign a year-long contract. I think with hook-up fees and stuff it will probably cost us $80 that’s with a DVR and HD cable.

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  6. Mike on January 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    It is fun! With us it was, for many years anyway, the Tour de France. I would record every minute and watch it in the evenings. We are also big fans of the winter olympics.:)

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  7. the inadvertent farmer on January 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Team USA…all downhill ski events and snowboarding. We LOVE to ski so watching the Olympics is so inspirational!
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Silent Saturday Eat your Vegetables! =-.

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  8. MAYBELLINE on January 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The world mistakes arrogance with pride and I don’t care.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Here Comes the Sun – Doot-N-Do-Do-Do =-.

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  9. Diane on January 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I have always enjoyed watching all the figure skating events. This year me and my daughter will be watching as much as possible while we do a homeschooling unit on the Olympics. Looking very forward to it.

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  10. Alison on January 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I live fairly close to Vancouver, BC, where the Olympics will be held. Honestly, I used to enjoy figure skating the most.

    However, now that I’ve seen firsthand the political and economic effects of the Olympics on the community, I’m a little skeptical. Our provincial gov (state level) passed a rather dubious Act regarding the homeless population that will never stand a constitutional challenge. Media control is deemed more important than local 911 emergency protocols in Olympic venues. It can be argued the use of the inukshuk tokenizes indigenous cultures.

    But it is definitely a community building experience, especially at my kids’ elementary school, where they got to run with an Olympic torch bearer who’s son attends the school. And my sister, a teacher, had her 7th grade class debating the homeless Act.

    So it’s a mixed bag for me.

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    • Susy on January 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      It seems like that’s the way everything is when you start looking in to it.

      Glad to hear that your kids are going to be involved though, in all aspects even the political ones.

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  11. Mel Meister on January 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    We are huge Olympics fans. I cry at all the opening and closing ceremonies. I just love it all!

    In 2005, we were watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Greece when the first of the four Florida hurricanes knocked down all our trees and killed power for almost 5 days. It was bad enough having a hurricane and having no a/c in 100 degree weather, but we couldn’t watch the Olympics when they were in the Mother Country!!!

    We are fans of figure skating, snowboarding, speed skating (GO APOLO), downhill (skiiing).

    USA.. all the way!!! (Patriotism, not arrogance)

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  12. Sarah Flood on January 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I agree with Alison. I live in British Columbia and I love winter sports but the cost of the olympics is incredible. We are paying with reduced environmental and arts funding and a whole lot of other spending has been cut. Not sure who exactly benefits.
    I wish it were more about the athletes and less about media coverage.
    Anyway enjoy it. I will be watching women’s hockey and checking the the cross country skiing results.

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    • Susy on January 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      So true, I wish we could really reduce the consumerism side of it and focus on the patriotic side of it. I hate the sponsors, and that athletes are sponsored by big corporations and all that stuff. I’d love to watch the games without all the other stuff.

      I do love that much of the world gets into it and it’s a semi-positive thing. There are so many negative things going on in the world. It’s nice to see patriotic pride in the faces of all the athletes and spectators.

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  13. Marcia on February 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I love the Olympics! I can feel the excitement growing here in Alberta. I saw the flame go by in Calgary a few weeks back and I got all giddy and giggly. It reminded me of when I saw it in Saskatchewan over 20 years ago on it`s way to Calgary for the 88 Olympics. Seems I`m always one province behind. I`ll be cheering for Canada of course but I`m one of those people who just cares that the games are played fair and well. Go sportsmanship!

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  14. Sue: Farm-Woman-In-Training on February 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Since we live in the boonies and only get the 3 main broadcaster channels over our on-top-of-the-house antenna, for the past 16 years I’ve watched all the Olympics or nothing at all!

    I’m more aware this year because they’re in our country. Plus it’s hard to be a Manitoban and not be aware of Cindy Klassen since Turin!

    I’m surprised at the number of Manitobans that have done so well this year. When I think of Winter Olympics I think of mountains and who knew there were so many flat-landers involved!

    I may have my Canadian Citizenship revoked for publicly stating that I am NOT a hockey fan but I did enjoy the womens team win. I AM a fan of women doing historically-mens activities!

    But all the hype for this afternoons hockey game – yikes! The last time I glanced over to the TV we were up 2-1 but we’ll see how that goes.

    I’ve also been following the politics of the games. Yikes. There’s a lot not to be proud of.

    But … when it all comes down to the athletes and the opening/closing ceremonies I find myself a very proud Canadian. Something we’re not known for!

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