I must confess I haven't really been watching the winter Olympics from Canada – not because I'm not interested, I like most sport, but because the time difference has meant a lot of the coverage is on in the evening when I'm working.
But that changed on Tuesday when I had a day off. After sitting down to a dinner of Italian shepherd's pie (a twist on the original with a sweet potato and parmesan topping – recipe courtesy of This Morning's Gino Di Campo) and apple crumble with custard, we decided to watch a movie on DVD.
However, en route to the AV channel on the TV I stumbled across BBC2 which was showing an event called ski cross, and somehow we never got round to watching the film!
The event is really exciting as four skiers race against each other and have to go over jumps, as well as dealing with the twists and turns of the course. The first two jumps on the course are called wu-tangs (yes, they are named after the band The Wu-Tang Clan!) and are similar to the jumps in BMX biking.
To make it even more exciting we all chose a competitor to back. As we had no idea of the 'form' of any of the racers, having never watched it before, we based our choices on the colours of their bibs. Sophie kept choosing the yellow racer, until she got bored with the yellow bib wearers consistently not qualifying for the next round! So then we went with names instead – there were the obvious Julies and Danielles, but Daniel chose Hedda… thinking of football, as he does most of the time!! Which reminds me, I'm a proud mummy again as he's just qualified as a UEFA 'B' football coach.
We watched the ski cross for the whole evening from the heats to the finals, cheering on 'our girls' from the comfort of our sofa! What an enjoyable hour and a half of family fun! In case you're wondering, Dan's racer was the eventual winner and my competitor crashed out but was unhurt apart from a few bruises and battered pride – I hope she had some SBC Arnica Gel handy! She needs to watch QVC on Saturday midnight as we have an SBC day which Alison Young and I are launching with the TSV – that should be entertaining!
Talking of the winter Olympics, did any of you hear me mention on air that Kim Mendelson's (of Kim & Co fame) cousin, Nikki Yanofsky, sang the Canadian national anthem at the opening ceremony? I watched it on YouTube and she was fantastic. While you're there also take a look at her performing a song called 'I Believe' – it's brilliant – and nothing to do with the old Batchelors hit! Let me know what you think.