Ian seems to think the winter olympics is dull and pointless. I beg to differ.
I love the winter olympics, for the following reasons:
1) Most of the sports are really bizarre. In the normal olympics you have running and archery, and other sports which have a vague connection to everyday life. Not so in the winter olympics. Most of the sports are just utterly pointless, with no practical benefit, and are done just for the sheer love of sport. Brilliant. And who on earth invented the bobsleigh? You can imagine a couple of Austrians in the 1920s just having a laugh with an old car chassis and then getting rather good at it.
2) Most of the sports are really hard. You have to be very good at ice skating to catch someone else without falling over. You have to be really, really fit to do cross-country skiing. That's admirable athleticism.
3) Most of the sports are really mental. You have to be slightly mad to throw yourself down a slope on a wooden tray at 80mph. I'm sure even the downhill skiers could actually die if they came off wrong. That appeals to me. I find surfing scary because of the sea element, but the skeletal bob, now that looks like fun. I'd really really like to have a go at it. I'm sure some of the sledging we did as children isn't much different.