Winter Olympics

It’s almost impossible to not notice that the Olympics are going on in Sochi Russia right now. With the time delay it really makes things kind of unexciting. I say this because before the events are even aired in Prime Time by NBC, the results are already spread across the news. Of course this isn’t the end of the world, but it does make things quite anti-climactic.

It’s hard to get excited about an event when you already know who the winners are and what medals went to whom. I don’t remember this being as much of a let down in past Olympics, and I’m sure there was plenty of time delays before. Am I the only one that thinks it seems less exciting to watch this time around?

I thought I heard rumors that ALL the events were going to be available live online in real time etc, but the little I’ve looked into so far is pretty disappointing. There are a lot of videos available, but most of them just seem to be clips of individual runs or specific people rather than entire, uninterrupted events. It seems almost impossible to find a full event without having to click and watch a ton of individual videos that all have a long advertisement in front of them.

Moving on, let’s give all these athletes credit for both being in amazing physical shape and powering through what must be an endless parade of injuries. In the chiropractor world there area  lot of neck pain, back pain, muscle, bone and joint issues. Sports injuries and athletes at the highest level experience some of the most serious injuries and should be given credit for enduring this and continuing to repeat.

One of the most exciting events (which I believe is new this year), is what they are calling the slopestyle events. At first I thought this was just snowboarding but I think that it also includes skiing as well. The way that I try to think about this slopestyle event is almost like a freestyle skateboarding event – only on snow with some bigger jumps. The athletes start at the top of the hill and proceed downward to some handrails and a series of huge jumps. The tricks they pull off on these jumps are intense.

Just seeing one or two wipeouts on some of these big air events is almost enough to make you cringe. Sometimes the athletes hit the ice so hard that their helmets can literally break. Check out some of the pics in this gallery of a broken helmet. I don’t even want to think about the possibilities for severe neck injuries or back injuries with sports that are this extreme. One thing that many young athletes or sportspeople may not realize, is that the athletes in the olympics have put thousands of hours of training, practice and preparation into their sports. Nobody should try to attempt some of the massive aerial maneuvers or tricks that these pros do without some major practice and preparation.

Regardless of the time delay and difficulty trying to ignore who the winners are before the actual events are shown on TV, the Olympics are awesome. They showcase some of the best athletes across many nations competing in various sports. Personally I enjoy the summer Olympics more than the Winter Olympics, but can definitely appreciate them both. Anyone who has ever played any sport, whether it be in high school, college or at a competitive level, knows the discipline, skill and ability it takes to perform. Doing this against some of the best Athletes in the world takes an incredible amount of talent, but winning a gold, silver or bronze medal makes it all worth it.