The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver start tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited. I feel more connected to them, actually having met some of the athletes from my work at ski team.
My favorite athlete by far is Graham Watanabe, he’s a great friend of mine. He lives down the hall from Chris and I. In addition to being friends, I used his shower once when our water was off! (tell all your friends) and he’s driven Pumpkin (yes, Chris let him drive his baby). He’s competing in Snowboardcross, which is most like biker-cross, but on snow- a bunch of snowboarders all on the snow going over bumps and jumps at the same time.
We had him over to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, he’s really excited for the Olympics! We want him to do well, just because we know how much it means to him and how hard he’s worked for it. Definetly watch for him, he’s on Monday 2/15- you can watch the qualifiers from 2:30-4 MN time and finals during primetime (around 7-8pm). Sports Illustrated predicted him to get Bronze, but he’s going for GOLD! (obviously!).
Some other athletes that I know: If you see them on tv- cheer LOUD!
Heather McPhie (moguls)- She goes to my yoga studio and is good friends with Graham. She’s having an awesome season and I’m really hoping she does well!!
Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (aerials)– I gave him a ride in Snowflake to the airport for the Chicago Ski Ball. We parked my car in an airport lot and he left the door open- if not for the shuttle bus driver, the door would have been left open all weekend- oops!
Shannon Bahrke (moguls)– She’s good friends with Katie, my old boss at ski team. She’d stop by the office a lot and talk coffee with me. She owns a coffee company in Salt Lake called Silver Bean Coffee, named after the Silver medal she got in 2002.
Callan Sifsof (snowboardcross)- Went bowling with her and currently have some salmon burgers in our freezer courtesy of her/Graham. She’s from Alaska and sponsored by Ocean Beauty Salmon Burgers. They’re good!
Lindsey Vonn (alpine skiing)- She went to Camp Ajawah and Jennie Neville was her camp counselor! I have no real connection.
Ted Ligety (alpine skiing)- Chris and I played poker with hin at Graham’s house, but I’m pretty sure he has no idea who we are.