Olympic tragedy

14 Feb

We’re watching the 2010 Winter Olympics live on TV right now.
It started this morning (Sunday) and it’s currently about 1PM here in Tokyo. So I guess the games are being played in the evening in Canada (Sunday, 1:00PM in Tokyo = Saturday, 8:00PM in Vancouver).

As of right now, Japan doesn’t have any medals yet.
Ten countries have at least one medal each so far.

2010 Olympic medal stats (as of 2010 Feb 14, 1:20PM, JST)

If you want to see an up-to-date listing of the medal statistics, check out the 2010 Olympics medals page.

But, I’m sure you’ve heard how the 2010 Olympics started in tragedy.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was a 21 year old athlete from the country of Georgia who was on his country’s luge team, died in a terrible accident before the beginning of the games’ opening ceremony.

He flew off the Olympic luge track at high speed and smashed into a metal pillar during a training run.

He was air-lifted to hospital unconscious but died at the hospital.

The Georgia team was going to pull-out of the 2010 Olympics because of this tragedy, but finally decided to continue.
They wore black armbands in remembrance of Nodar Kumaritashvili as they marched in the opening ceremony.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, R.I.P.


On a different note, today is Valentine’s Day.
Click here to see the post I wrote that explains how this holiday is different in Japan compared to Western countries.

So, my youngest daughter made some homemade chocolate for me.
I took a couple pictures:

The box of chocolate that my daughter gave me.

The chocolates she made for me...they were delicious!

The chocolates that my daughter made for me...they were delicious!

7 Responses to “Olympic tragedy”

  1. gigihawaii February 15, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Really? The USA got gold and bronze? Terrific! David and I just watched the qualifying, not the actual finals.


    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 1:46 am #

      Yes, in total America has a gold, silver and two bronze now.


  2. cuteandcurls February 15, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    Its such shocking news to hear about the athlete’s death before the Olympics even started.
    Awww bless your daughter for that thoughtful homemade gift. Its moments like these that I do look forward to parenthood if Im blessed with a child this year.


    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 1:08 am #

      >Its such shocking news to hear about the athlete’s death before the Olympics even started.

      Yes. Condolences to his friends and family.
      And hopefully it’ll be the last tragedy at the games.

      >… look forward to parenthood

      Our daughters are my wife and my greatest treasure.


  3. Ted Leach February 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    How was the death of Kumaritashvili covered in the Japanese press? US networks were criticized for airing the footage of his tragic accident.


    • tokyo5 February 15, 2010 at 12:29 am #

      They showed the footage on the TV news.
      It was shocking and sad.

      I don’t think anyone in Japan was upset with the media for showing the footage.


  4. tokyo5 February 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    上村愛子 (Aiko Uemura), Japan’s women’s leading mogul skier, just completed her run and she almost got a medal…she came in fourth.

    An American got the gold medal, a Canadian got the silver, and another American won the bronze.
    It’s too bad for Aiko Uemura…she’s competed in four Olympics games since she was eighteen, and always came close to winning a medal. She’s thirty now, so maybe this was her last chance.

    But now America has four medals and Canada got their first for this games…Japan still doesn’t have any yet! 😦


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