Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Are you experiencing Olympic Withdraw?

Are you suffering from symptoms of winter Olympic viewing withdraw? I will be the first to admit that I am. I ended up finding something to watch on TV last night, but I really did miss all those nights of watching bobsledding, luge, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, and skating.

I started thinking about my favorite winter Olympic sport themed movies. Here they are in no particular order:

Cool Runnings (1993)- starring John Candy and Doug E. Doug
Bobsledders from a tropical country, who ever heard of such a thing? It’s too bad the Jamaican bobsledding team did not come to the Vancouver Olympics. This movie is loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team who competed at the 1988 Calgary, Alberta Olympics.

The Cutting Edge (1992)- starring Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney
Former hockey player Doug Dorsey, played by Sweeney, loses some of his vision when a puck hits him during an Olympic hockey game. Kate, played by Kelly, is a talented but difficult pairs figure skater who has trouble keeping skating partners. What happens when they team up? Can they keep their Olympic hopes alive? This movie is not a true story.

Miracle (2004)- starring Kurt Russell
1980 was a different time. For starters, the cold war made for icy relations between Russia and the United States. Also the United States hockey team was made up of all amateur players. They were college students who were playing against the professional teams of Europe for Olympics gold. They were long shots to win. Miracle is a true story about this hockey team who against all odds won the gold medal in hockey, and made Americans believe in miracles.

Guess what? You can borrow all these movies from the library! Later this week I will write another post that will include some books and websites where you can get your Olympics reading fix.

Katie G

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