The Asian Winter games are over in Kazakhstan and it is starting to feel like spring is in the air. But as a seasoned Minnesotan who has experienced winters only too well (or not too well), we could still get another blizzard and still have temperatures take a nosedive in the double digits well below zero in Astana. I enjoyed watching the women’s figure skating on Friday when I went with my friend to the stadium that looks like a bike helmet for racers like Lance Armstrong. Of course the Kazakh crowd went crazy over their own skater named Abzal in the men’s free skating. He did an act to the sound of “Circus” and wore an outfit that Michael Jackson would have been proud to wear, colorful and showman-like. He won with all his spins and jumps and despite one fall got the highest score. I was surprised that he did so many jumps during his warm-ups but he had a Kazakh crowd to please and they LOVED him!
First impressions are not always right, there was one Japanese girl who looked really choppy and NOT graceful in her warmups along with the other 4-5 skaters on the ice. She skated more like a guy but it paid off in her performance. In any case, she was fast and she put on quite a show and she won me and the crowd over. What a remarkable performance by many of the athletes from the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, China to name just the ones I can remember. The scoreboard showed the name of the skater, their best score of the season, who their coach was, the musical number used as the background music. I really enjoyed watching this event. I saw so many people I knew during the intermission and talked to others that enjoyed it as much as my friend and I did. Hopefully, a good time was had by ALL sports participants in Astana and Almaty. I haven’t heard what the final tally of medals were but I’m sure with “home court advantage,” Kazakhstan probably won.
Japanese proverb – “One kind word can warm three winter months.”
Charles F. Kettering – “The opportunities will go to the men and women who have enthusiasm.”
Thomas Edison – “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Margaret Hulsey – “Some people talk simply because they think sound is more manageable than silence.”
“The only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.”
William James – “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
Henry Brooks Adams – “They know enough who know how to learn.”
Joseph Joubert – “To teach is to learn twice.”
Peter Ustinov – “What is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn.”
Sophocles – “The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.”
Anna Freud – “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.”
Margery Wilson – “It has been proved that the deepest yearning of the human heart is for recognition, for honor.”