Category Archives: olympics

every four years

Every four years I do this. Every four years I start reading news articles and opinion pieces about athletes who will compete in the upcoming Olympic games. It’s my way of getting prepared. It’s my dry land training regimen.

Usually I wait until after the holidays, but this year the Winter Olympics have been on my mind a bit earlier in the season. I wonder why?!
My method is not scientific. My process is haphazard at best. My choices are guided by instinct (see below*). But having a list of a dozen or so athletes to follow during the games makes the viewing and rooting experience so much richer. So here is a preliminary list of athletes I’ll follow in 2010 and why…

  • Tony Benshoof (luge) – hates airline travel, loves to listen to the radio, loves road trips, has to push through pain to do what he loves. I can identify with all of those, plus I just love saying “luge”.
  • Sara Studebaker (biathalon) – loves the camp-like atmosphere of training camps, likes going to new places. Add to that the biathalon always reminds me of snowy chukkar hunts in the hills above the Deschutes River with close friends.
  • Steve Mesler (bobsled) – childhood friend of dave’s (one of my closest friends from boston), he recently gave up his spot (temporarily) to Stephen Colbert during a “training” run in Lake Placid. A friend of Dave’s is always a friend of mine!
  • Kaylin Richardson (skiing) – trains in Chile, talks about respecting the process. I started this blog after following a friend’s blog who was teaching in Chile, and you have to cheer for someone who loves the process. The process is as much a part of a writer/photographer’s life as it is part of an athlete’s life.
  • Apolo Ohno (speed skating) – from the Pacific Northwest, will become the most decorated American Winter Olympian with one more medal in Vancouver, the way he wears his bandana reminds me of Rafael Nadal. He’s from the Northwest and he reminds me of Nadal – ’nuff said.
*Yes, I root for the Oregon Ducks – it’s only right since I have two degrees from the University of Oregon. I also passionately follow the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots – a natural legacy from my years living in Boston. But people often look at me funny when I mention that I’m pulling for the Texas Longhorns. I’ve never lived in Texas, I haven’t even visited. So why do I root for Texas? It’s simple: a love of design (their kick-ass logo combined with their sweet school colors) + a love of sports = a soft spot for the University of Texas. Like I said, it’s not scientific.

the word is out

My beautiful hometown of Portland, Oregon is truly rallying behind me and my quest to blog from the Winter Olympic games. And let me tell you it feels amazing!

I’ve always been the fan, I’ve always been the one cheering people on so they can fulfill their dream. Now the shoe is on the other foot and I finally understand how much it means to have friends, family and fans, cheer you on. It’s breathtaking and truly inspiring to feel this kind of support.

In addition to numerous friends – reaching all the way back to grade school (Yeah Bridlemile!) and the hallowed halls of Wilson High (Go Trojans!) – I just found out that Brian Westbrook, a local radio newscaster (not to be confused with the running back for the Philadelphia Eagles), has picked up my story. Check out his blog! Add to that the support of a local blogger and a local webdesigner who just happened to design the website for this whole contest. Thanks Heather and Chris!

I have to say that I’m truly touched and forever changed by what my friends and family and total strangers have done to help this Oregonian fulfill her dream. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

in black and white

I’m pinching myself. I’m over the moon. I can’t believe this is really happening to me.

I’ve been interviewed before (about Rafael Nadal when I was attending the U.S. Open, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision about high school newspaper censorship, when my middle school opened for the very first day, and a few months after I returned home from New York City following an internship at Lear’s magazine), but this is different.

This is not just by chance or being at the right place at the right time. This is part of a life-long dream, and this is due in every possible way to my mom’s friend Carol, who’s been one of the biggest supporters and fans of this blog. So thank you Carol!! This wouldn’t be happening without you.
Here’s Margie Boule’s column in today’s Oregonian
And just for kicks and giggles here’s the New York Times article where I was quoted about Rafael Nadal. It ran in the Style section a few years back. How perfect is that?!

one in five baby, one in five

Hey, but let’s make it one in three… or better yet the WINNER of the ultimate (feels like it’s made for me) contest.

I got the call last week and have been defying gravity ever since. I am one of five nationwide semi-finalists in a blogging contest whose winner will get a chance to blog from the Winter Olympics next February. But I need your help to get to the next round – your votes will allow me to make my way to the podium and be one of the three finalists. (I’m gunning for gold!)

Here’s the scoop – it’s one vote per day between now and midnight on November 29th! So add it to your daily to-do list. Brush teeth, take vitamins, VOTE FOR LAURIE at:

Excerpt from my winning entry:

“Has anyone ever told you you’re a sports nut?” That question came from a friend on facebook the other day. And yes, I have to say – it’s been mentioned a time or two before. Not only do I love sports, but I’ve passionately followed the Olympics since I was young. However, I’m not a one-trick pony. I also follow pop culture (and can spot a celebrity spectator from a mile), hail from the Pacific Northwest (so understand the Vancouver region and its history), am a bit of a foodie (so can wax poetic about a fusion dish using local ingredients), and a frequent traveler (allowing me to share the many travel tips I have up my sleeve). I’m also a photographer (documenting stories visually as well as poetically) and landscape architect (understanding place and design like few others). In a nutshell, I don’t have tunnel vision, but can relate Olympic stories to a broad constituency – providing context for the salacious details of the XXI Olympic Winter Games. And let me tell you I’ll be on top of those salacious details.

Thanks in advance for your tremendous support!