Once every 4 years it’s time to curl up on the couch and watch some serious athletes compete in the winter games. Whether you prefer the speed (and slight ludicrousness) of the luge, the grace of the figure skaters or the fearlessness of the snowboarders, it’s all spectacular for family viewing. But you and your Bode Miller, Shaun White or Gracie Gold wanna-bes can also get out and get a little Olympic action (and history) of your own, even in sunny SoCal…
In the desert, high schools and colleges don’t really have hockey teams, so if you want to watch hockey live, you gotta go pro. Not that we’re complaining – we’ve got the 2012 Stanley Cup champs! The NHL will pause the regular-season schedule from Feb. 9-25 so players can skate in the Olympics, and you can't get tickets again til March. Kings Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown are on the roster - let’s hope when they come home and play resumes, we’ll be watching some Gold Medal winners in action.
One last fun fact: Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice and both times it was by default, as no other city bid to host either the 1932 or 1984 games.
What sport are you looking forward to catching in the 2014 Winter Games? Let us know in the comment section!
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