Saturday, February 15, 2014

Late Nights & Early Mornings = Pictures Today

I was up late yesterday (and the day before, and the day before...etc) watching the Olympics. Of course, my 3:15 am wake-up time hasn't changed, so I'm tired. I have no desire to think great thoughts, I'm feeling horribly guilty about birthday greetings that will be going out late because I have no energy to find the perfect scenes for visible cards until tomorrow, and I have projects screaming their deadlines at me. Yeah - pictures for today sounds like a really good idea.

Let's start with the cause of my major time sink...winter Olympic venues now and in the past...

This scene from the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics was almost
surreal. The inflated onion topped towers, reminiscent of St Basil's floated
up from the arena floor into the nighttime sky. 

St Moritz is one of the rare venues that were used more than once. 

I remember the Lillehammer Norway Olympics very fondly. It was such a small
town which was flooded with people from all over the world, and the welcome
everyone was given was evident, even over the television. 

In 1984 the world came to Sarajevo. It was a stunning venue, beautiful mountains
with memorable arenas and performances. Since then, war happened and the
venues are now crumbling and disappearing. 

Grenoble, France in 1968 had some stellar performances including the gold medal
in women's figure skating for Peggy Fleming (above) as well as three gold
medals in skiing for the incomparable Jean-Claude Killy. Winter sports have
come a long way since then, and figure skaters have to do more than just look nice
on the ice. Now they are athletes in every way. 

One final venue for you, although there are many more memorable ones to choose from.

Lake Placid. New York is another place that has held the Olympics
more than once. They first hosted the 3rd Winter Olympics in 1932,
 when the games only went on for nine days. The 1980 Olympics are
famous for the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game between the US
and Russia. Since these two teams play again in less than fifteen
minutes, it seemed appropriate to end with this. 

Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your days and nights.

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