Yes, February 2nd is Groundhog Day.  But this year it is also the beginning of the Winter Olympics.  They are taking place in Beijing China.  Is this something that interests you? There are a lot of unique events that take place in the Winter Olympics.  And there certainly is a history.

You can click HERE for some more details on story lines from the USA.  The Opening Ceremonies are actually Friday, but one of the most popular events will begin tonight.  Curling.  Curling has similarities to bowls and shuffleboard (deck) and involves sliding granite stones, also called rocks, into a target area at the other end of a long, thin, strip of ice which constitutes the “pitch”. The team that propels their rocks closest to the center of the target scores points accordingly, with the path of the stone influenced by team members who sweep and brush the ice ahead of the stone in order to alter its speed or curl.  At 6am on NBC and Peacock, you can see the USA vs AUS in Mixed Doubles.

For more details on the upcoming schedule of events, click HERE.

I was not watching the Winter Olympics in 1980, but it seems like the biggest event in the history of the Winter Olympics was watching the US Men's Hockey Team take on the USSR in the semi finals in Lake Placid.  If you need a reminder of this check out the video below.  The call from Al Michaels still gives me goosebumps today. The Miracle On Ice.

There are so many names that we know because of the Winter Olympics.  Dan Jansen, Apolo Anton Ohno, Nancy Kerrigan, Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn, Eric Heiden, Dorothy Hamill, Peggy Fleming, Mike Eruzione.  Perhaps another name will become synonymous with the Olympics this winter. I will probably try and keep a eye on how many medals we can earn.  But for a few weeks, perhaps we can all get behind our athletes, put aside our partisan views and cheer on our Olympians.  Go Team USA!

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