While the Olympic Games seem to be another victim of globalization and media decline--in our small digital world, internationalism has become commonplace, if not corny--there are still reasons to tune in.
That's right. Even if you regularly watch international sporting events on your YouTube, the Winter Games are palpably close to home this year. And the large number of athletes with Idaho connections making the trip to Vancouver, B.C., this week are enough to make even the most casual skier think, "I coulda' been a contender."
If you are not scouring Craigslist for tickets to the luge as we speak, check out the schedules at KTVB.com. Southwest Idaho's NBC affiliate will carry the games and sent a local crew, including Mark Johnson and Carolyn Holly, 10 hours north to keep track of Idaho gold.
Boise Weekly also has a reporter on location. BW correspondent Sadie Babits is in Vancouver this week as well, and she will be blogging about the games at boiseweekly.com and producing reports for several other media outlets while she's there.
Starting Friday, Feb. 12, with the opening ceremonies, you can watch Idaho's fastest, most coordinated and truly daring winter athletes hit the slopes with the best in the world.
Here are the 11 Idaho-centric athletes to watch, according to KTVB's thorough roster:
Freestyle skier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson graduated from Timberline High School and is perhaps the best known of the Idaho competitors. Emily Cook, another freestyle skier, trained at Bogus with Peterson. Patrick Deneen earned his freestyle chops on Silver Mountain.
Snowboarder Elena Hight hails from South Lake Tahoe but spent her younger years riding at Bogus. Nate Holland started out snowboarding at Schweitzer. Graham Watanabe is a snowboarder from Sun Valley.
Skier/martial artist Hailey Duke is from Sun Valley and has lived in McCall and Boise. She will compete in the downhill slalom. Erik Fisher is an alpine skier from Idaho who used to race motocross.
Bi-athlete Sara Studebaker honed her cross-country chops at Bogus. Morgan Arritola learned to cross-country ski in Sun Valley.
And Nick Cunningham ran track at Boise State but now runs the rails on the U.S. bobsled team.