Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Next Winter Olympics To Get Wacky?

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When it comes to the Winter Olympics, one Olympic expert says it’s best to expect the unexpected.

Author Sue Macy says her book, Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of The Winter Olympics (National Geographic), definitely highlights the weirdness surrounding the Winter Games.

First off, says Macy, “The weather never cooperates with the Olympics.” During the 1928 games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, cross-country skiers started off their race in zero degree Fahrenheit weather, but temperatures soared to 77 degrees by noon, forcing skiers to battle through the slush to the finish line.

And the last time the Winter Olympics were held in Italy – and coincidentally televised for the first time in Cortina D’Ampezzo in 1956 – skater Guido Caroli tripped over a TV cable while skating to light the torch in the opening ceremonies, which Macy calls “hilarious.”

Perhaps her favorite anecdote is about the then 11-year-old figure skater Sonja Henie, who finished in last place during the 1924 Olympics because, explains Macy, “...she kept interrupting her routine to ask her coach what to do next. Can you imagine if Sarah Hughes did that? Or Michelle Kwan?!”

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