Wonder Boi Writes

Let The Olympics Countdown Begin

Okay,  before I get to the main subject of the blog, let me thank all of you who commented on last week’s post.  I did a random drawing, and Lynn Lawler won the free Rachel Spangler ebook of her choice. Congrats, Lynn!

And now, with the new-year tasks checked off, let’s turn our attention to the first big awesomeness of 2018, the Winter Olympics!

Clearly I am kind of a fan. I mean, if my writing an entire book about the lead-up to these games didn’t give that away, I don’t know what does.


Some might say I am a bit obsessed.  I don’t know about that, but I have been known to make elaborate spreadsheets of view times to make sure I don’t miss a single viewing of my favorite events, which to be honest is most of them.  I may or may not have even set alarms to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to see some races/meets live so as to avoid spoilers. And as to spoilers, I have developed a detailed process for posting about events that provide for adequate spoiler spaces and safety blocks without having to stay quiet for hours until people in other time zones catch up.

If all those things add up to equal an obsession, then I’ll gladly take up that mantle and wear it proudly.

And what does that mean for all of you sitting at home in your varying level of interests and knowledge?

Well for one, you get to share in my excitement, and everything is more fun when you can manufacture some excitement about it.  What’s more, though, you get to share in my knowledge of sports, which will helpfully let you enjoy them a little more without having to do all the intensive researching and spreadsheeting on your own!  Over the next four weeks, I will be blogging about some of my favourite events and, of course, sharing  some of the things I learned while researching Edge of Glory in the hopes of giving you some background in sports you might not be as familiar with, so by the time they grace our TV screens, you will not only be able to follow the action, you’ll have a few talking points to impress your viewing companions.

For starters, Winter Olympics sports are divided into three categories: ice sports, alpine sports, and Nordic events.  Why the Nordics felt the need to call their sports “events,” I do not know (maybe someone will tell me in the comments), but they did, and that give us three overviews to do.

Ice sports are, fittingly enough, played out on ice.  They include.

Bobsled – Two-man, two-woman and four-man
Luge – Men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles and mixed team relay (new) Skeleton-  Men’s and women’s skeleton event
Ice Hockey – Men’s and women’s
Figure Skating – Men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pairs, mixed team event and ice dancing

Speed Skating – (Long track) 12 events – 500 m for men and women, 1,000 m for men and women, 1,500 m for men and women, 3,000 m for women, 5,000 m for men and women, 10,000 m for men, team pursuit for men and women

Short Track Speed Skating (8 Events) –  for men and women 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m, and also the 5000 m relay for men and 3,000 m relay for women.
Curling – (A personal fave!) – Men’s and women’s, plus a new mixed doubles event

Alpine events are basically the skiing and snowboarding events where you’re pointed downhill at all times. They include:

Alpine Skiing (A Rachel favorite you’ll hear more about) (10 events – 5 disciplines for men and women) downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined
Freestyle Skiing – (five events) aerials, moguls, ski cross, ski half pipe and ski slope style
Snowboarding – (4 events for men and women) parallel giant slalom, slope style, half pipe, and snowboard cross (another Spangler favorite!)

Last are the Nordic events, which include:

Biathlon – (11 Events) men’s 10k sprint, 12.5k pursuit, 15k mass start, 20k individual, and 4×7.5 relay. women’s 10k pursuit, 12.5k mass start, 15k individual, 4×6 relay, 7.5 k sprint, and the mixed relay
Cross-Country Skiing 12 events (6 for men, 6 for women): individual sprint, team sprint, freestyle, pursuit, classical, and relay
Ski Jumping – (4 events) – Men’s individual large hill, men’s individual normal hill, men’s team large hill, women’s individual normal hill
Nordic Combined – Ski jumping plus cross country skiing (3 events, men only) individual large hill /10 km men, individual normal hill /10 km men, and team

So there you have it!  So much to learn about and look forward to.  Also, free books!  Because what better way to foster excitement than free books?! So for each blog I write in the lead of to the Olympics, I’ll ask questions for you to answer in the comments section and then do a drawing to select the winner, who will have their choice of a free audiobook of Trails Merge or ebook of Edge of Glory.

So for this week’s drawing, I’ll ask you to look at the list of Winter Olympics sports above and tell me which ones are your favorites to watch, or which ones you want to know more about!




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  1. Hi Rachel. Thanks for the nice blog. I’m looking forward to the winter games too. I am flattered to be the winner and I would love to have ‘Edge of Glory.’ For anyone who is new to Rachel’s books, I have read and reviewed ‘Does She Love You? and Timeless. Both reviews can be found at http://www.lynnlawler.wordpress.com and http://www.lynnlawler.blogspot.com. Again thanks so much Rachel and I’m looking forward to a great read!

    Comment by lynnlawler | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  2. I have always been a fan of seed skating. I grew up across the street from a lake and I would always try to be like Sheila Young. She was both a speed skater & cyclist, two sports I love! I also love to watch the biathlon events, for my skiing fix! I have never tried to ski, but I would love to some day!

    Comment by Kim Dyke | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  3. Women’s Ice Hockey

    Comment by Dana | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  4. Umm. I love figure skating and also want to learn more about curling,

    Comment by Natalie | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  5. I love the Olympics! it’s the only time I watch TV- which will soon be placed in the living room where I will be glued to it for the two weeks of the Olympics before relegating it back to the basement. I think my favorite is ice dancing, but I love women’s and men’s singles and pairs, too. I also love the snowboarding.

    Comment by Ann Etter | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  6. My favourites to watch are snowboarding, cross-country skiing and freestyle skiing. Though to be honest I love them all and watch with awe at all the athletes. I love the Winter Olympics.

    Comment by Kerry McNair | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  7. Favorites include the Figure Skating events and I’ll often watch the various Alpine skiing events. Reasons for both relate to my grandmother. She loved the figure skating – particularly the Women’s events and Ice Dancing. We would watch them together and play “recliner judges” while watching. As for Alpine Skiing, she loved Alberto Tomba, the great slalom skier from Italy. She didn’t particularly love the sport – she just thought Alberto was good looking. I was always sure to let her know when her boyfriend was competing.

    Comment by Carleen | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  8. Bobsled, luge, speed skating, skiing

    Comment by nerdgirl1115 | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  9. I’ve always liked ski jumping the best. When I was a kid, I’d crouch on the sofa and launch into the middle of the living room with the jumpers on Wide World of Sports. This was not a realistic ambition in eastern North Carolina.

    Comment by Bucky Enrique Whaley | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  10. Winter Olympics are my favourite as well. I am from Calgary, home of the 88 winter games. My tv will be locked on some sport or another during the duration. If I had to pick my favourite sport I’d have to go with hockey, followed by bobsled, curling and anything with speed. Not a huge fan of the Nordic events but I will watch them.

    Comment by Geraldine MacDonald | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  11. Favorite to watch? As a Canadian I have to say: HOCKEY! 😀

    Comment by shannon | January 11, 2018 | Reply

  12. I admit that I’m more of a Summer Olympics kinda girl but I try to watch every sports where my country is involve.
    I have a preference though, for cross country skiing and biathlon. Hope Martin Fourcade will killing it this year too.
    I admire every athlete for all the work they put in their life.
    Citius, Altius, Fortius

    Comment by Virginie | January 12, 2018 | Reply

  13. Love winter sports viewing, especially downhill, speed skating biathlon, x-country. Used to count down the days to the ski season in Victoria, Australia – when I was MUCH younger & fit. Lived in Norway for a couple of years in the 70’s & enjoyed some night skiing in the parks but really, I was more of a traffic hazard than a sportswoman, blocking the way for those speedy Scandinavians… : )

    Comment by Jude Berg | January 12, 2018 | Reply

  14. Alpaine and cross country skiing are my favorite but I do like skating as well…😀

    Comment by Kat | January 13, 2018 | Reply

  15. Curling!!! Growing up in Buffalo, we watched Toronto tv and Ontario channels. We got to see curling, and learn about it, weekly, every winter!

    Comment by nyka670 | January 13, 2018 | Reply

  16. I love Curling and the ski jumps the most.

    Comment by Heather Harper | January 13, 2018 | Reply

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