I don't know about you, but luck seems to be balanced. You win one, you lose one. Everything is equal and balanced.
Today, I had the most amazing opportunity. I had to go up to Cypress Mountain to deliver some supplies. If you recall, Cypress is where the freestyle skiing and the snowboard events are being held. It was sunny and clear - a perfect day to be up on a mountain. After delivering the supplies, we had a quick look around. We saw the mogul run where Heil and Bilodeau shined. We saw the jumps for the aerials....holy smokes!! Then we climbed the hill and saw a few racers come down the snowboard cross course as they were qualifying for the finals.
Neat. If there ever is a sport that television does not do justice to, it is the ski and snowboard events. It is difficult on the small screen to convey speed, pitch and height. You have to see the size of the half pipe...you can't even imagine it. You have to see how steep the mogul run is. You can't imagine the size of the aerials jump and the landing area. You can't believe how big the final jump is on the snowboard cross run.
Back to my story. I had great fortune to go up to Cypress, but when I came back to the city and heard everyone talking, I realized that I had bad luck. I totally missed Maelle Ricker's gold medal in snowboard cross. Rats. You win some, you lose some (seriously, I realize that I am very fortunate to be here in Vancouver). Congrats Maelle. Gold #2 for Canada.
Here is a neat tip....as the Olympics progress and as Canada starts to win a mess of medals, it is getting a bit hard to keep track of the standings. Here is a neat add-on (from a Canadian company) that you can use on your desktop to keep track of the standings and your favourite country (http://norex.ca/content/olympics):
For Windows: http://norex.ca/content/olympics#sidebar
For Mac OS X: