Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Could Triple-Axel Turn to Gold?
That's my attempt at 'headline journalism.' I'm not much of a sports fan, but when it comes to the Olympics every few years or so, I do like to take a little dip into the talk, the hype and the moves.
South Korea's Kim Yu-Na may have dominated last night's ladies' short program in figure skating (ranking 1st place) but I have my fingers crossed for Japan's Mao Asada (who ranked 2nd and is pictured above) when the two world champions go for the Gold in Thursday's long program. Last night, Asada was the only skater to attempt-slash-rock the triple axel, but it wasn't enough to rack up the points. I'm not incredibly hip to how they score these things, but my guess is that with Yu-Na's technique, experience, celebrity, and personality (she danced to James Bond music) she's the obvious favorite with the judges.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who wins (although I'm sure they, and most Olympians, would disagree with me--like I said, I'm not much of a sports fan). I just get a lot of pleasure watching the greatest skater in the world hit it on the ice!