The winter Olympics


Nikki Yanofsky 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.

Speak soon,
Julia. xx.


  1. Nicola Rippon February 28, 2010 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Oh Julia – we discovered ski cross too! What an extraordinarily compelling sport! Reminds me of the opening sequence of a Bond film.

  2. julia roberts March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nicola
    You’re right. Which was the Bond movie where Roger Moore skied over the roof of a chalet and then a table??
    Don’t forget to have a listen to Kim’s cousin
    Julia x

  3. Linda March 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’ve not had the chance to catch up with your blog for a while so was delighted to take some time out,make a lovely cappucino and catch up with “Jules world”x I could not believe your blog about the winter olympics – the very same thing happened to our family!! We also had planned a family DVD night but like you guys on route to the DVD channel caught the ski-cross events(i had never heard or known of this event before)and wow!! were we hooked – as you say the initial jumps(wu-tangs) were so exciting, i couldnt believe how high some of the skiers got(and managed to land and continue skiing). Like Daniel my bet was on Hedda.I hope you and yours are wellx I’m looking forward(trying to be positive)to some warmer weather – have you ever known snow in Feb/March!! Anyway the good thing about the colder weather is that i can shop from my recliner chair,wrapped up in my pink slanket(best buy for a long time) from QVC – the recent three easi-pay day(3/3) was fantastic, i stocked up on my Decleor products and other bits and pieces – i love QVC easi-pay as it allows me to spread the cost/budget therefore allowing me to buy more – win, win situation really. Lovely to speak to you againx Linda,Glasgow

  4. Gemma Grierson March 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    We watched that event on the winter olympics too! We found that on that particular evening, there was nothing on tv and my partner wouldn’t let me watch any more QVC! so we decided to give the olympics a go. What a fantastic sport, so fast and exciting. I loved the fact that you couldn’t predict who was going to win and had to watch it right to the end. I especially like the lady who managed to somersault over the finish line! Could not stop laughing!
    Looking forward to your next show
    Pompey still going! Into the quarter finals now of the FA Cup, who needs money and an owner hey!
    Good luck to Crystal Palac.

  5. julia roberts March 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    What a lovely chatty post. So pleased you enjoyed the 3 easy pay day …… whenever we offer easypay on an item I always choose that option seems daft not to! I have an image of you in the pink slanket ……… Sophie had one for Christmas, and Daniel had a blue one.
    I know what you mean about the weather – the only place I like snow now is watching ski-cross!!!!!
    Much love
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts March 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gemma
    You just reminded me of the lady somersaulting over the line – wasn’t she brilliant to finish. Was she the one that got stuck on top of the wu-tang??
    Congratulations to Pompey – aren’t you in the semi finals now? I honestly don’t see the point of deducting points from clubs that are in administration – it feels like you’re down so let’s give you a kick.
    Must admit wasn’t too thrilled that Paul Hart was coming to Palace but at least he got off to a winning start! Let’s hope we can repeat the performance against Bristol City tonight!
    much love
    Julia x

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