Figure skating is an interesting sport, filled with scandal -- for some stange reason. In 1994 Tonya Harding was banned from figure skating for life for allegedly being involved in a plot to debilitate Nancy Kerrigan. And then -- out of nowhere -- Oksana Baiul, the 16 year-old from the Ukraine, swept onto the ice like a little pink, fluffy bird, and stole the gold medal from everyone. Following that, in 2002 the Russian skaters Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaya were awarded the gold medal because the French judge Marie Reine Le Gougne made a deal with the Russians, trading votes for the French team. The Canadians David Pelletier and Jamie Salé had been the clear winners, skating a nearly perfect performance. Later, the Canadians were awarded a gold medal in a special ceremony, and the system of judging for figure skating has been changed. Who knew such a clean-cut sport could be fraught with such deception and intrigue?
Next month the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held here in Vancouver, and I suppose once again there will be some sort of drama, but I'll have to watch it from my living room. Getting tickets to any Olympic event was almost impossible. But it will be exciting to know that whatever is going on, it is happening just minutes from my house. And maybe there will be an unexpected upset, and people will say, "Remember in Vancouver when....?"
If you're fortunate enough to be attending any of the Olympic events, my friends, have fun...!