Isn't it fun to cheer the locals on?
Isn't it just THE BEST when they do good?
It makes watching the events so personal.
And of course it makes one feel so proud of one's own home town.
I wish I could say it was the same way with our local Salt Lake City area Olympians:
Team USA has 216 members.
FIFTY SEVEN of them reside in Utah either full or part time, mostly in areas that are just minutes away from my house.
(I think the training facilities around Salt Lake and Park City have a wee bit to do with that fact.)
With so many contenders from here, there actually is a "Utah House" up in Vancouver's Olympic Village.
I really can't do "shout outs" for all my homeys; I'd grow hoarse before I was a third of the way down the list!
I'm afraid I could never even survive watching all their events.
Truth be told, most of the time I don't even remember all of their names.
Sort of sad, isn't it?
I know players for Utah have won medals in each category, and more medals are likely still to be won.
Apolo Ono, for instance, has won a few medals in skating
Shannon Bahrke (lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Tahoe Calif.) won a Bronze Medal in Free Style Skiing at the Women’s Moguls
Chad Hedrick (lives in Salt Lake City, Utah) won the Bronze medal in Speed Skating Men’s 1000m
Bryon Wilson (lives in Park City, Utah) won a Bronze medal in Free Style Skiing at the Men’s Moguls
Last night another Gold medal was draped on one of our lads.
There are others who have medals of various colors, and I am sure there are more medals coming our way soon.
But I think I have probably already said too much about all this.
You know how it is.
Americans are just modest by nature.
I wouldn't want any one to think I was bragging!
(I just couldn't resist. With love to all my Red Mitten wearing Maple Leaf wagging blogging friends! I cheer for your teams whenever they are not going up against my team and think of all the fun you are having right now.)