My Favorite Event of the Winter Olympics

Ice Skating - Winter Olympic Games St Moritz 1928

Are you planning on tuning in to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? The big opening ceremony takes place in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow (3 a.m. PT!), but the games officially kicked off last night with it’s first event.

You may be surprised to know it is also my favorite overall event of the entire winter games…

Team USA Olympics Hamilton Siblings Curling


I honestly can’t explain what I love so much about curling, but probably two Winter Olympics ago I started watching the event coverage and simply couldn’t turn away. Whether it’s the mixed doubles event (like with brother-sister team Matt and Becca Hamilton, pictured above, who played and won last night!), men’s, or women’s — doesn’t matter. I am so intrigued by the skill and focus of the players. Plus, it’s kind of suspenseful!

I’m also quite fond of the women’s figure skating (especially with commentary by the real stars of the Games) and speed skating, which makes my heart race.

How about you? What is your favorite event to watch during the Winter Games? Or, hey — maybe you don’t care about the Olympics at all? I’d love to read your take.

Psst… In case you need a guide as to what events happen when, right this way. Also here.

(Top photo of Sonja Henie, gold medalist in the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz via The Daily Mail; 2nd photo of the Hamilton siblings at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials via Team USA)

One thought on “My Favorite Event of the Winter Olympics

  1. I adore curling! It’s so so fascinating, and I didn’t realize it until maybe a couple years ago, too. John and I were sitting at our favorite brunch restaurant, and it was totally empty — no sporting events were on the bar TVs, except for the curling qualifying competitions. Possibly qualifiers for these Winter Games, now that I think about it!

    There wasn’t even any sound, and yet John and I found ourselves sitting in silence and watching each curling round with extreme focus — then we started talking about it and Googling all the rules, and learning about each position and their function. So interesting, and so different from the other events.

    Obviously I also love women’s figure skating, but I also sometimes like watching the skiing events. Snowboarding too! The half-pipe tricks are always a blast to watch, and it’s easy to root for the U.S. athletes in that event, since they are so prominent in the sport.

    Sad I’ll be missing like half the games while in Hong Kong, but might be fun to watch the Chinese coverage of events while we’re there!


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