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(i think i preferred the curling version i saw here)

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here is Richard Faulds, Olympic Gold medal winner.
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Richard did a demonstration shoot which resulted in bits of clay pigeon dropping on our heads. which was nice
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music chairs was just a demonstration sport in this year's winter olympics. this was a warm up where no chairs had been removed.

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this is an actual british olympian's actual ski boot. note the jack union buckle clips.

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this chap ran with this torch (lit) as part of the chain of olympic torch bearers. interestingly, so did finlay

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here are two of the British Downhill Super G atheletes i got to meet last week.

roger cruickshank sat in front of me at the men's slalom
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finlay mickel came skiing with us on the last day
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winners
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just in case you didn't know where you were
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sliding across the gurder on to the starting position
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heading off
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landing
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gold
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here is the big hill (click to see the big version where you can see the top)
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men's slalom was probably my favourite to watch. the sun was great and with my zoomy lens i could watch the skiier coming down the hill far away
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i loved their handbreak turns at the bottom
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i'm finally back to reality after being knocked out by flu for a week, followed by a few days away with jane, then a trip to the winter olympics ! Expect plenty of photos.

speed skating is great for arm waving
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the italian winner
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the bloke who came last
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the place we went curling was Fenton's Rink and it was most excellent. you must go with a group of friends and have a go.
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i've put a few more photos here

i spent the day curling yesterday.
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the three teachers were all olympic gold medal winners (see here).
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it's a mad game of sweeping and sliding and pushing a big stone
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the olympians were rhona, janice and debbie
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i'm unlikely to ever own one of these:
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primarily because it was won at an event in the past and was awarded for the women's curling. an event i didn't take part in:
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Debbie Knox won it instead:
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curling is a funkypancake sport. not because i'm good at it though, because i'm not.

look at his utility bin.
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beyond brushes, which are an essential part of the game, you also get to wear the most fantastic shoes.

initially they looked like normal trainers:
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but you can pull the rubber bottom off (called a 'kipper') and reveal a super-slippy teflon sole, enabling you to whizz about on the ice like a mad thing
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and look at all the other gadgets and gizmos you can get:
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google says buy

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