Which is better, the Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics?
The 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the contest we want to see is Winter Games against Summer Games. Both are highly watched extravaganzas. But only one can stand atop the podium.
Number of sports
Bobsled: ~95 MPH
Cycling: ~45 MPH
Speedskating: >30 MPH
100M Dash: <24 MPH
Most extreme sport
Ski jumping. It gave Wide World of Sports viewers the visual for “the agony of defeat.”
Eventing. This equine sport includes dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Accidents are sometimes fatal, which led Time magazine to ask if it is “The Olympics’ Most Dangerous Sport?”
Oddest skills combination
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, something only a survivalist or Bond villain would need.
Steeplechase, essentially a 3,000-meter obstacle course with a giant puddle. Sort of like jogging alongside the Charles in the spring.
Sports played with brooms
Curling, a sport popular in Canada that somehow makes sweeping on ice look fun.
David Broome, a Welsh show jumping champion, competed in five Olympics.
Andrea Mead Lawrence (VT-skiing), Mike Eruzione (MA-hockey), Nancy Kerrigan (MA-figure skating)
Aly Raisman (MA-gymnastics), Joan Benoit Samuelson (ME-marathon), Jenny Thompson (NH-swimming)
"Miracle" (2004). Kurt Russell channels 1980 US men’s hockey coach Herb Brooks’s guile and glare. But why does Easton’s Jim Craig have a New York accent?
"Chariots of Fire" (1981). Actually won Best Picture, along with three other Oscars. Admit it: When you run on the beach, its theme song plays in your head.
These Games have more variety...
... but snow-capped scenery and frost-proof athletes win the gold!
SOURCES: IMDB.COM, OLYMPIC.ORG, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, YOUTUBE, SPORTS-REFERENCE.COM, TIME MAGAZINE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ABC NEWS, SPORTS.JRANK.ORG
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM AP