Every two years, media bombards us with footage of athletes in (usually) another country doing extremely cool things that the majority of us cannot do. And we crowd around TVs wearing our country’s apparel and getting excited when someone who wins has our country’s flag beside their name even if we’ve never heard of them before. Aka: the Winter or Summer Olympics.
Currently, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are under way. There is so much coverage on it, it’s next to impossible to not know they’re happening. So, because of this year’s Olympic Games, I’m going to fantasize about what winter events I would compete in if I had trained for 15+ years of my life.
Snowboarding: All events in snowboarding. This includes Half Pipe, Big Air, Parallel Slalom, Slopestyle, and Snowboard Cross. I know these are all different forms of snowboarding but I really just love snowboarding. Compared to these athletes I’m very much a beginner snowboarder, and quite honestly, I’m terrified to go off of jumps and do grabs or go off of rails; mainly because I’m afraid I’m going to land wrong and break something and then I wouldn’t be able to play music. But I’m not afraid to go fast. Not, like, Olympian fast. Just normal fast. So, I feel like definitely Snowboard Cross would be my first choice.
Figure Skating: Because it’s so pretty and graceful (unless somebody falls at least). It’s like they are literally floating on the ice. I can ice skate but I can’t skate backwards. At least, not very well. But, I like to think that if I trained for 15 years, I could totally do it.
Speed Skating: I’ve never seen them skate backwards and they go really fast. So, I’m pretty sure I could do this one.
Ski Jumping: Honestly, I think I’d do this one just because when they’re in the air, they look like a flying squirrel. And because that movie “Eddie The Eagle” was really good too. I totally recommend watching that movie.
Luge: They go extra fast. Like, 80mph fast. It’s probably really hard though because you’re laying down flat on your back and you’re trying to be all aerodynamic and stuff so it probably slows you down to lift your head and so I think it would be hard to see. I’d say skeleton because they lay on their stomach and go head first but that sounds scarier BECAUSE it’s head first.
What event would you compete in if you had trained your whole life?
I would like to learn to do all of these things. But I love music so much more. So, I’ll just keep playing.