"Cool Runnings" is 3-fold:
1) My roommates and I watched Cool Runnings on Saturday to pump us up for the Winter Olympics. Easily one of my favorite movies, for many reasons. After being tripped in his Olympic trial race, Derice doesn't give up. Rather, he gears his lightning speed into something slightly far-fetched for a Jamaican man... a bobsledding team. Conveniently, after his summer Olympic trial, the movie transitions to the Winter Olympics where he is able to compete in the bobsledding competition before he and his team had ever seen snow. Talk about determination. But that was 1993, and this is now.
Feel the rhythm. Feel the rhyme. Get on up, it's bobsled time!... which leads me to my next point.
2) Winter Olympics 2010. If I have learned anything in the past 4 days, it is my ability to not know a single thing about a single competitor in the entirety of the Winter Olympics, yet by the end of a race, yell and scream things like "get your head in the race, Freeman!" And by the time USA gets passed at the finish line of a cross-country skiing race, I find myself wondering why they didn't just try harder. Call me competitive... I call me patriotic.
In other news, I've always found men's figure skating slightly disturbing, but the entertainment outweighs my skepticism. And even though Evan Lysacek strikingly resembles Adrian Brody in The Village dressed up as Adam Lambert with hair gelled to a crisp, he is from the USofA, and therefore, I support him and his roller-coaster of emotions expressed after his routine. Plus, I'm not sure which is more disturbing.. men's figure skating or women's hockey. Toss up.
3) Lastly, I'll discuss the more literal meaning of "cool runnings." Many of you may know that my sister and I are running a half-marathon on March 7th. We have run amidst the piercing wind and snow of the Ozark Mountains for 3 months now, and we will finally receive our reward... A little gold medal of our own. And by little, I mean huge.
13.2 miles. 3,500 people. 2 Sawatskis. 2 medals. 0 intention of finishing in under 2 hours. you do the math.
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