The only time I miss not having a TV is every four years – for the Winter Olympics, of course! Maybe it’s my new Bemidji, MN home, but there’s just something fascinating about winter sports like curling, skiing, and bobsledding. While everything else athletic makes my stomach turn, there’s nowhere I’d rather be these past few weeks than Vancouver… zooming down fresh, powdery snow, feeling the cold air make my cheeks rosy and cozying up with world champion snowboarders.
If you’re stuck in a major metropolitan area without access to the games (and not up for going to the nearest sports bar), here are some family-friendly ways to experience the Olympics:
1. Angelina Ice Skates by Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig (Clarkson Potter, 1993) We all grew up with Angelina Ballerina (I sentimentally prefer the old edition), but don’t you dare show a child the television show! You traitor.
2. Tacky And The Winter Games by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) It’s always more fun to root for the underdog, and the Olympics references (strapping fish for skis to their feet, etc.) are a “BIG WINNER”.
3. Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Games by Sue Macy (National Geographic, 2006) This book of spectacular action photographs created for the last Olympics are perfect for sports-obsessed older readers (9-12 years old). Plus, Peggy Fleming writes!
Want to get out of town and experience the real thing? Get your own all-American official jackets for the whole family from Polo Ralph Lauren, and for $75 (for your kid) and $79 (for you) for snowboarding at Hunter Mountain with Burton’s Learn-to-Ride, you both can be the next Shaun White.