Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Winter Olympics 2006
I'm very excited the Olympics are here again. I love to watch. Especially since football is over and it's a couple of months until baseball season starts. I've always considered February and March a virtual sports wasteland (can you tell I'm not a Basketball or hockey fan?) Although I do enjoy watching golf on Sunday afternoons and an ocassional good boxing match if I can keep my eyes open. Yes, I like sports, yes I am a woman and honestly it has made for a happy marriage being able to watch and enjoy sports with my husband.
But the olympics are just something special. Men, women, young and old can get excited about watching and routing for their home country's athletes. I plan on looking for some of the lesser viewed events like curling and biathlon.
Ahhhh...the spectacle, The joy of victory and the agony of defeat. Can't wait!
"Neve": she is a gentle, kind and elegant snowball; "Gliz": he is a lively, playful ice cube. They are the two symbolic characters of the XX Olympic Winter Games. They complement each other and personify the very essence of winter sports.
The mascots were born from the pencil of Pedro Albuquerque, a 38-year old Portuguese designer who won the international competition launched by the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in Turin (TOROC) on 25 March 2003. He was inspired by his passion for water and the incredible shapes this element takes on when it is transformed into snow or ice; by his research into the Italian spirit and the places hosting the Olympic Games; by the Olympic values; and by the technical characteristics of the various sporting disciplines of the Games.
"Neve" and "Gliz" reflect the spirit of the Italian Olympic event: passion, enthusiasm, culture, elegance, and love of the environment and of sport. They are the symbol of a young generation that is full of life and energy.