So as many of you know I’m a Social Media nut, (see previous blog “Instagram – Instaride” “Snowboard Quotes” Colin Boyd “A NZ Freeride Story” to name but a few)
So I have been watching many of my friends and colleagues post pictures of their smiling Olympic faces on Sochi credentials, access to some what seems like private terrain and practicing for the big day on a controversial slopestyle course.
This has been a blessing and a curse for me this past week.
A blessing, because I get to share their experiences and get an insiders view of the crazy show that is the Olympic Winter Games.
And a curse, because I can share their experiences and get an insiders view of the crazy show that is the Olympic Winter Games.
Yup, I’m jealous. But I know what I’m missing, I too had credentials once, Barcelona ’92. I was part of the timing team for the Slalom Canoe events in the Spanish town of La Seu d’Urgell. And I will tell you the Olympic games is different to any other event on the earth.
The Snowboarders have been struggling with the concept of the Olympics and the dichotomy of the sport and how it fits into the juggernaut that is the IOC and the Olympic movement. Famously Terje Haakonsen boycotted the Olympics. When the snowboard halfpipe was introduced as an Olympic event in the 1998 Winter Olympics, Håkonsen boycotted the qualification. He and many other snowboarders, were displeased with the IOC, and particularly the fact that the IOC selected the FIS to handle the qualification instead of the snowboarders’ own federation, ISF. At the time he was hands down the best snowboarder in the world, his absence was equivalent to Tony Gonzalez not playing in the Super Bowl, Griffey Jnr not playing in the World Series or Georgie Best not playing in the World Cup.
All scenarios that have happened, and their sports survived, and so will snowboarding.
Please enjoy some picture from my friends and colleagues at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.