I think I maybe enjoy the winter Olympics more than the summer Olympics. There is less - pageantry, sports, athletes, prestige - but less is more. Many of the sports seem to involve speed... like speedskating :) and even sports like figure skating require speed to generate height. And skiing is always amazing; I loved this Sport Illustrated cover, with the U.S. skiing medallists:
Of course one of the marquee athletes in this Olympics is Shaun White, who has elevated his sport of snowboarding from a fringe "X" newcomer to one of the mainstays of the games. Here's the Tomato in flight:
Snowboarding seems like applied physics, how to convert kinetic energy from gravity into angular momentum! I'd love to do that... I haven't had the time to spend long hours watching, but the snatches of the games I've caught make me want more. Too bad we only see these sports every four years.