I Want to Be a Professional Curler
Published: Friday, February 14, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 15:02
How awesome are the Olympics? I mean, seriously. Where else can you find the gross mismanagement of funds, sketchy hotels, millions of people from every culture imaginable, and a bunch of maniacs jumping thirty feet in the air and (hopefully) landing gracefully? As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi kick off, these are just several of the many story lines to be cognizant of. For me personally, nothing says “Olympics” like lazily sprawling across a comfy couch, bag of Tostitos and Queso dip in hand, observing the best athletes in the world compete in grueling events testing their physical and mental toughness.
While I gave up my aspirations of becoming a professional athlete over a decade ago, Sochi 2014 has reinvigorated my enthusiasm for one particular sport. As I embrace my final semester at Holy Cross, I have come to the conclusion that my resume is missing one key ingredient: “Professional Curler: January 2014-Present.” I have yet to walk this idea up the multiple sets of staircases to Hogan 2 where career services sits, but somehow I know they would approve. I mean, come on. Just try and tell me that you don’t want to gracefully slide on one skate, throw a huge metal object down a narrow path of ice, and then scream at the top of your lungs willing that metallic force to spin in just the right way. Or, if you’re not the throwing type, you could be a sweeper, making the object land in the right spot by pushing ice in ridiculously rapid motions forcing everyone watching at home to almost die out of sheer excitement.
If you have gotten this far into my column, I am sure you now realize how little I actually know about curling. And while this may make you label me an ignorant fool, I would argue that it is sports like curling that are at the heart of what the Olympics are truly about. In America, we have our “Big 4” sports that come attached to titles like “world champion” “best athlete on the planet.” While some of these labels may be true and others just blatantly false, there is not better stage than the Olympics for culturally diverse sports and athletes to come together and compete for the gold medal, a true description of World’s Best.
Curling, like many other Winter Olympic events, is not an activity widely seen in America today. This is part of what makes the Olympics such a special event. Once every four years, the world joins together in rather chilly fashion to embrace the beautiful yet intense competition that helps prove that the various peoples and traditions that live throughout our world really do have a sense of commonality tying us all together. So, for the next two weeks, let us all cheer, scream and shove Tostitos in our faces for all of the tremendous athletes in Sochi helping unite our world and inspire lazy students everywhere (like myself) that careers in curling may in fact be in our future.