February 14, 2010

O Canada!

As Mary Carillo said, "The O in O Canada! no longer stands for Zero."
It was a 5 Kleenex Alarm in the Shooter household when Alexandre went down to hug his big brother, Fredrick, who he'd dedicated the race to and who suffers from cerebral palsy.
After almost 34 YEARS of never winning a gold on home turf...CONGRATULATIONS Canada!!!

The Crumb Snatchers began asking questions about the moguls and the snow as we watched so the answers I researched provide Day 2s fascinating, obscure Olympic Tid Bits!

It begins with moving in the "special" white stuff.

Followed by specialized construction.

One of the questions was, "Why is the snow so dirty when everything else has to be so perfect?"
The answer is, as the athletes are flying down the hill and through the air, they need something in the pure white to offer a contrast.  Give them a target so to speak. 

Alexandre had a whole country behind him...I found two of the CUTEST CANUCKS!

My own love of flowers lead me to this stellar find of Obscure Olympic Tid Bit...
The Victory Bouquet is made of indigenous plants and flowers from the area...except they only bloom in the summer.  So the indigenous flowers were grown and then flown from Ecuador.
They are literally changing lives in Canada.
The florists who won the bid to make them chose to partner with non-profit organizations that help "women who face barriers" when it comes to legitimate employment.
The girls that make them would other wise not be involved or impacted by the Olympics in a significant way.  They are recovering from addiction, leaving prison, exiting the sex trade or are victims of violence.
Instead, they all now have a viable future skill to fall back on.
Way Cool.
As we watched (and listened) to the pairs short programs tonight, one outfit (the shiny blue pantsuit) reminded me of a long ago Olympics America got the privilege of watching the Merrells favorite Olympic announcer - Scott Hamilton.
  I found the picture...

A few things about Mr. Hamilton outside the rink:
1) He survived testicular cancer.
2) After skating with the Ice Capades, he formed the Stars On Ice.
3) He was the first celebrity to grant a wish for the Make a Wish Foundation.
4) He is on he Board of Directors for the Special Olympics International.
5) He's a husband to this beauty.  And father to a 6 and a 2 yo boy.
6) He's a strong christian believer.
And for just plain ole fun...
Apollo Fans...

Dedicated, timeless Apollo fans...

Pray for our troops in harms way. Pray for their wives, children, mommas, daddies, sisters and brothers. They all sacrifice so very much for us to live our lives, watch our prime time tv, drink our fancy signature mixes and pray without fear.
God Bless America and our brave soldiers.


Jodi said...

Great post today! Yours is my first stop this morning, I couldn't wait to read what you wrote. And, thank you...because I was asking the same questions as the crumb-snatchers. Very interesting!

ShEiLa said...

Oh dear lover of the Olympic DREAM,
I was just thinking... I sure wish it was last olympics and I could feel the warmth of the Olympic Torch held high by my dear friend Straight-Shooter.

But alas...
I was deeply saddened... Oh how I wish... I wish one of my favorite bloggers would post.

Then to find out that my link to you had went away. How??? I do not know. But oh my heck... I have a missed a month of fabulaous posts.

I could have been happier alot sooner...had I just clicked over manually to find that yes... YOU are posting about the Olympics.

I have already read all of these posts... Most of them I may have to jump backwards just to make sure I didn't miss something.

I am so Thankful for YOU!!!!
YOU are a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day... and the things you write makes me smile.


ShEiLa said...

ps. I had forgotten that about Scott Hamilton. My SIL is a testicular cancer survivor too. 5 years now, almost 6.


ShEiLa said...

seriously I missed 5 posts and I don't know how... well this is 5.
I am in total unbelief at how sloppy my blogging skills have become.

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