Yeah, I'm right here on a Saturday night, and if you bother reading, please fasten your seatbelt, it's going to be a long ride!
Já há muito que não falava de saltos de esqui, também deixei de ver, foi uma das muitas coisas que deixei de fazer durante os anos de faculdade em que nem para espirrar tinha tempo. Mas tenho feito um esforço por acompanhar, e apesar de o fim de semana ainda nem ter acabado, merece que fale nele.
It's been a long time since I've written about skijumping, and there was a time I wasn't watching, it was one of the things I had to let go of while I was in Uni with no time left for anything, not even a sneeze. But I've been watching again, and even if it's not though yet, there are things I need to talk about that happened this weekend so far.
The sporting tragedies, especially those in the snow, have been plaguing the world lately, and poor Thomas Morgenstern has been extremely unlucky. First he broke his finger last year, now this. I did not see it live yesterday, I find out today, but I hear it's everywhere by now, including out media. Morgi's not right, even though his life was never on the line, apparently, he still had a concussion and injuries to one of his lungs.
I probably said this a few times, but a lot of people have died and almost died lately, the truth is however, this has been a huge shock to me. Morgi is one of the primary reasons I started watching skijumping, and he still is one of my favorites. At 27 years old, he is still quite young and was displaying an excellent form, and it's tragic that it's happened less than a month before the Olympics, it will crush me to see him abandon now. My prayers will be with him tonight.
Foi também um dia bom para a Eslovénia, cujo atleta de 21 anos, Peter Prevc, está em grande forma, pronto a chegar ao topo depois de segundos lugares consecutivos em Bischofshofen e Badmitterdorf.
However, it wasn't all tragedies at the Külm today. History was also made, in several ways. The biggest reason for celebration was the victory of Noriaki Kasai, the oldest athlete in the Cup. At 41 years old, the nice japanase man is so nice and inspiring that everyone, including his rivals, celebrated with him. Congrats Nori Kasai!
It was also an amazing day for Slovenia, whose 21 years old athlete Peter Prevc is ready to get the top place after two consecutive second places in Bischofshofen and Badmitterdorf.
But if I'm the one choosing, my biggest reason for smilling today was Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes's 9th place. This was the best place for not only this Canadian youngster, but also, if I'm not mistaken, for canadians and americans in general, ever. And this was a skiflying hill, no less. Now this is amazing because I like Canada as a country, but even more so because I'm been following the progress of this athlete sinve the Vancouver Olympics, and I still remember only seeing him twice a year. And then celebrating when he qualified for events, and then see him qualify at the 4 Hills... and now this! CONGRATS MACKENZIE!!!
AND SO, THIS IS IN ORDER...
CONGRATS NORI KASAI!!!
MACKENZIE, KEEP MAKING ME PROUD!
AND PLEASE GET WELL SOON MORGI, LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR HURRICANE OF A COMEBACK!!!