Sunday, February 19, 2012

#47: Mitt Romney and the 2002 Winter Olympic games.

Last night, Diane and I celebrated Valentine's Day (better late than never) by spending the night downtown. We went to Olive Garden for dinner, stayed at the Little America Hotel, and attended the 10-year commemoration of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics at Energy Solutions Arena. Looking back, I have wonderful memories of the 2002 Olympics. At the time, I was recovering from lung surgery, and since I had to lay in bed most of the day, I spent most of my time watching coverage of the games.

As part of the commemoration program last night, former Olympic figure skating champions Sarah Hughes, Kurt Browning, Sasha Cohen, and David Pelletier/Jamie Sale performed (among others). Although it is unmanly of me to admit this, I absolutely loved the figure skating performances (I've also read Twilight, so maybe my manliness is already out of the question). I am amazed at the abilities of the skaters and the fact that they manage to not fall down or run into each other. I have only gone ice skating twice in my life and I spent half of the time flat on the ice and the other half holding on to the rail at the edge of the rink.
My personal favorite moment of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
In addition to the figure skating, there were video highlights of the 2002 Winter Olympics, as well as speeches given by Derek Parra (former long-track speed skater), Scott Hamilton (former figure skater/funny bald guy), and Mitt Romney (former CEO of the 2002 Olympics). As many of you know, Mitt Romney is both (1) running for the GOP nomination for President of the United States and (2) is a Mormon. I have avoided talking about politics on Mormon Wookiee because it can be an area of great contention, and I would rather talk about Star Wars (which EVERYONE can agree on). However, to be honest, I am a major political junkie, and I was very excited to see Mitt Romney speak in person. As CEO, Mitt was largely responsible for the success of the 2002 Olympics. No matter what your political preference may be, I think we can all agree that Mitt is a good man and a good American. I recorded Mitt's 6-minute speech last night and I wanted to post it here. Sorry for the quality of the video (there's not really much to see, but at least the audio is good). Until next time, have a good one!

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