Since we’re cooped up inside due to this ridiculous cold, we may as well enjoy watching some of our finest athletes brave the cold and conquer the elements at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Regardless of whether you care much about the sports during the other 50 weeks of the year, the Olympics is just a fantastic way to bring people together. If you think about it, it’s one of the only things that the majority of the world works together for, so that’s got to count for something.
Depending on your family’s interests you may want to prepare ahead of time and PVR some of the events featuring Canada’s favourites and sports you are most interested to watch. Do a little research as to the athletes competing and prep your family so they can choose their favourites and make a sign or two to cheer them on.
Having the competitions recorded will also help the evening go along smoothly, since you’ll be able to fast forward any of the waiting around business, or things you don’t care about.
Considering the athletes are getting a taste of Russian culture during their stay, you can also add a few elements to your evening as well. I’m especially interested to do this with my family, as my great great grandparents emigrated from Russia at the turn of the 20th century.
Based on just a little Google search, some simple Russian cuisine that could be used for party snacks would be dark rye bread, cheese, salami, baked potato, and smoked fish. You can also dig up a few fun facts about Sochi to get a feel for where the Olympics are taking place.
Between watching events, it’d be a good idea to keep things lively by playing a few of your own games. Perhaps you could try to “find the gold” and search for foil-wrapped coins around the house (thanks to chiff.com). Create a Bingo sheet with things to look for while watching the games. Think certain country flags, sports equipment, apparel, fan paraphernalia, etcetra.
And Go Canada!