Getting excited about Winter Games

Published 7:50 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

The International Olympic Committee held the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PeongChang, South Korea yesterday to officially kick-off more than two weeks of athletic competitions.

For many years, I was not terribly interested in the Winter Games except for the ice-skating, since it is very similar to dancing, which I love.

The other sporting events never really caught my attention.

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In Mississippi, there is not much chance to experience snow, much less pop on a pair of skis or snowboard down a mountain, but having an understanding of these sports changed when I had the opportunity to go on a family ski trip.

Some in my family had already made trips to the mountains and had learned, if not mastered, the art of skiing.

Not me, I was truly a beginner and had to sign up for lessons.

For the first couple of days, the instructor worked diligently to try to help those of us in the class learn how to stand up on the skis and “pizza wedge” our way down a small hill.

Pizza wedging is where you point the skis in front of you together, forming an inverted V. I guess calling it a pizza wedge is more understandable for children and some of us adults!

After two days of ski school, I was eager to try out my skills on one of the beginner slopes.  So after successfully getting off the ski lift without falling on my face, I was set for my first downhill run.

By my standards, my inaugural run was great. However, those who were speeding past may have had differing opinions.

To them, I was probably viewed as more of an obstacle than a fellow skier since I was slowly weaving from side to side in my “pizza wedge.”

But you know the old saying, “Slow and steady wins the race,” and I made it down the mountain without any major falls.

Since that first ski trip, my family made subsequent trips to the mountains, and because of this, I gained a greater understating and appreciation for participating in some of the activities associated with the Winter Olympics.

Now when I watch athletes like Lindsey Vonn, I am awe struck at her ability as an alpine ski racer.  No pizza wedging going on there.

And after my nephew became quite the snowboarder from his time on the family ski trips, I have enjoyed watching Olympian Shaun White. He can make the most gravity-defying flips on his snowboard.

There is one sport, however, that I still have a difficult time appreciating.  It is curling.

To be honest, I have trouble focusing on a game that looks a lot like sweeping mixed with slow motion bowling.  When the family was on a ski trip in Canada, hubby got hooked on watching the sport, so he is excited about watching the upcoming curling competitions.

This year’s games are sure to be exciting, and like many, I plan to catch as many events as possible.

Go Team USA!

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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