Have you watched or plan to watch any of the 2014 Winter Olympics?
Even if I did like watching sport on TV I would boycott Sochi – have you heard about what they have been doing to stray dogs there?
Visit Humane Society International if you would like to register your objection.
What is your favorite winter Olympic event? Would you ever want to be an expert in that sport?
There is a special winter sport in Ireland that should be included in the Olympics. It’s called “the get home, get indoors, get into your pj’s as fast as you can” event. The arena runs between your workplace and your home, and the game is played Monday to Friday between 5 pm and approximately 8 pm.
You can take part in this event any time between October in one year right through to September in the following year, with a short break for summer (which usually takes place on a Wednesday in June or July, for about two hours). I am an expert.
Have you ever met an Olympic Athlete?
Yes, in fact I have met several. Until a few years ago, I was involved in the sport of fencing, and I have had the pleasure of fencing with Michael Ryan, a veteran of the Irish team that went to Mexico 1968, our representatives at Barcelona 1992 (Michael O’Brien) and Beijing 2008 (Siobhan Byrne) and the Russian 1992 Silver Medallist Pavel Kolobkov. All wonderful people, and great fencers.
Do you have a favorite athlete? Name sport.
Equestrian! One of my favourite athletes is Dundrum, a wonderful little Connemara pony of only 15 hands, who cleared a record 7 feet 2 inches in a puissance event in 1961. Another is Arkle, a steeplechaser from the same era who I wrote about a few weeks ago.
What is your favorite exercise or sport? Is there a reason why?
These days my favourite exercise is accompanying the three largest Baskerville Beasties as they check that all the lampposts, bus stops and gateways in the area are in their correct places, and greet their many fans in the neighbourhood.