200 Days until the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!
Medal Prediction Update #7
Netherlands: The Dutch are the most recent nation to ascent into the top 5. After constantly sitting in places 6th-8th, Holland has displaced Austria and France to set into another top-five Olympic finish. All of there medals are to come from some sort of speed skating, with 4 in short track and 14 in long track. This is a change from Pyeongchang, as they went down in gold and total medals in long track, but increased in short track.
Spain: This Spanish nation has only ever claimed a Winter Olympic Medal 2 times, all in alpine skiing. After claiming multiple world championship titles, Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to win a figure skating medal at the upcoming games. His world dominance and rivalry with reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has lead to some of the highest levels of mens skating. Can he bring home number 3 for spain?
Most Decorated Athlete: Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, Biathlon. 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze
This phrase does not bode well for you. It usually means you’re making an idiot of yourself. “Skjerp deg” could be translated as “Sharpen yourself up,” and it’s used in all sorts of contexts.
Teachers use it to tell students to pay attention. I yell it at friends who are doing something ridiculous. Cops use it to tell off criminals who are obviously lying to them, parents say it when telling off their five-year old who has just drawn with crayons all over the new wallpaper.
This is a common feature of all the Scandinavian countries: We have a word to describe the feeling of warmth and friendliness that arises from sharing simple pleasures of life with people you like.
la montagna - mountain la catena montuosa - mountain range / chain le Alpi - Alps gli Appennini - Apennines la cima - top, peak il ghiacciaio - glacier
la neve - snow
la roccia - rock la scalata - climbing l’arrampicata (f.) - climbing, rock climbing l’arrampicata libera (f.) - free climbing scalare, arrampicarsi - to climb camminare - to walk la mountain bike - mountain bike il monte - mount la parete - side, face, wall l’escursione (f.), la gita - day trip, excursion il panorama - view, panorama la vallata - wide valley la valle - valley il fondovalle - valley floor, bottom of the valley il paesaggio - panorama / landscape il punto panoramico, il belvdere - panoramic viewpoint il paese, il villaggio - village le piante - plants gli alberi - trees i fiori - flowers la natura - nature il bosco - wood il sottobosco - undergrowth, bush i cespugli - bushes, shrubs la foresta - forest il relax - relax riposarsi - to relax, to rest
i funghi - mushrooms i mirtilli - blueberries i lamponi - raspberries le more - blackberries i frutti di bosco - fruits of the forest, wild berries la polenta - cornmeal mush, corn mush il ginepro - juniper le mucche - cows le pecore - sheeps le capre - goats i cavalli - horses le volpi - foxes gli orsi - bears i lupi - wolves il falco - hawk, falcon l’aquila - eagle il gheppio - kestrel il capriolo - roe deer il camoscio - chamois il daino - fallow deer
il parco naturale - wildlife park la transumanza - transhumance, migratory herding
gli animali selvatici - wild animals le fattorie - farms i pascoli - pastures, grazing lands l’alpeggio (m.) - alpine pasture
le terme - thermal baths lo chalet - chalet, cabin, lodge l’albergo - hotel
il rifugio - refuge, shelter la capanna - hut, shed, cabin la tenda - tent il picchetto - peg, stake la fune - cord, rope
gli sci - ski sciare - skiing sci di fondo - cross-country skiing
lo snowboard - snowboard la discesa - ski hill
la pista (da sci) - ski slope, ski hill, trail la pista verde - green trail = amateur/beginner skier trail la pista blu - blue trail = low difficulty trail la pista rossa - red trail = medium difficulty trail la pista nera - black trail = expert skier trail gli impianti di risalita, lo skilift - ski lift la funivia - cable car la funicolare - funicular railway la seggiovia - chair lift l’ovovia (f.)- egg-shaped cable car
il freddo- cold
la tuta da sci - snowsuit, ski suit gli occhiali da sci - goggles gli scarponi - mountain boots i doposci,i moon boot (from the brand), gli scarponi da sci - apres-ski wear i ramponi - crampon le pelli di foca - sealskin le ciaspole - snowshoes, snow rackets il maglione di lana, il pullover - fleece, jumper, sweater il maglione a collo alto - turtleneck sweater/jumper il pile - pile la cuffia - headdress la giacca a vento, il parka - anorak, parka la sciarpa - scarf i guanti da neve - gloves
l’escursionista (m.) - hiker, walker l’alpinista (m.)- mountaineer lo sciatore - skier lo scalatore - climber, rock climber la guida alpina - alpine guide il maestro di sci - ski instructor il guardiaparchi, la guardia forestale - ranger, forest ranger gli alpini - Italian Alpine Troopers il soccorritore - rescuer
la nevicata - snowfall la tempesta/bufera/tormenta di neve - snowstorm la valanga - avalanche rimanere isolati - to end up isolated (after a storm, e.g.) scavare - to dig chiamare i soccorsi - to call for rescuers / help le ricerche - researches l’elicottero - helicopter
un panorama mozzafiato - a breathtaking panorama conosce qualche posto dove si noleggiano mountain bike? - do you know were I can rent a mountain bike? fare una passeggiata in quota - to have a walk at high altitude
ho visto un daino che si arrampicava su quella parete! = I saw a fallow deer climbing on that face! in montagna si respira aria buona - on the mountains you generally breathe unpolluted air passerò la giornata a rilassarmi alle terme - I’ll spend my day relaxing at the thermal baths il coro degli alpini si è esibito in uno jodel - the italian alpine troopers choir sang a yodel passare una notte all’addiaccio - to spend a night outside/ camp out
maybe you play sports and like languages - here’s an easy way to mix your two passions in life. in french : I “do” du/de la (or “practise” (rare)) + activity, ex : je fais du football / de la natation (same for instruments).
On this day in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado officially became a national park. Even in cold weather, you can explore the park’s spectacular mountain environments by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding and wildlife watching. In fact, winter is an especially good time to look for elk, mule deer, moose and other large mammals. Sunrise photo of Dream Lake in 2014 by C. Brindle, National Park Service.
You didn’t want to go out that night, but you had been pulled
off your bed and into a pair of tight pants by your friends for that exact
reason. They had looked at you, dead in the eye, and called you out on being an
absolute anti-social slob for the majority of your week-long
break from college. You, in a fit of denial, had thrown up a finger
at Y/F/N and slipped on a bralette under a mesh long sleeve that sparkled when
the light hit, a pair of black jeans, and some cheap, patent-leather boots that
hugged your ankles uncomfortably so that you could limp around a pro-perspirant
club. Your hair fell against your shoulders in light waves, the texture deemed
silk-like by Y/F/N, and your makeup was the perfect ‘sexy-natural’. So why did
you feel like you were wasting an entire night?
You were on your third vodka-soda
and your fifth rejection of some greasy frat-boy wannabe when your friend slid
into the stool next to you, calling for a water and a few napkins from the
bartender. The man nodded in response, turning towards the refrigerator as your
friend turned towards you.
“If I didn’t know better,” she said, “I’d say you were a
pretty lame person to be sitting at a bar by yourself.”
If anyone actually goes to BU and/or knows a lot about their hockey program, I’m gonna apologize in advance because I am 100% sure this is an inaccurate representation of the everything about Boston University. Vague details and made up names galore, but purely for the plot (I say as I skew reality for the likes of a fic). Before this imagine I was not super aware of Clayton Keller but now I am SUPER AWARE of him and he is slowly but surely making his way up my (ginormous) list of faves. This fic kind of took on a life of its own, and I’m not sure how well it fits the original plot, but I kind of really love it anyway
@arizonacoyotesgirl16 said: I SAW YOU WANT REQUESTS! so I was wondering if you could do a Clayton Keller one for me! Maybe where you both act like you don’t like each other but like each other and you always show up to the others hockey games? And take you time on it and have fun okay love!
I sat in the passenger’s seat of Clayton Keller’s car, pouting. Maybe it would be worth it to raise a fuss and ask for a new partner. I knew that my team captain would be unhappy if I asked to be assigned to another guys’ team player for the week; the designated pairs had already been together for a day and a half and spirit week responsibilities were assigned specifically with certain people in mind. And before yesterday, I didn’t know that I hated Clayton Keller with the fires of a thousand suns. No one, not even I, could not have foreseen the figurative nuclear explosion that would occur when the two of us were forced to spend an excess of time with each other.
It wasn’t that Clayton was always an asshole, it was just that he seemed to go out of his way to act like one around me. All because of the one joke I made about how he had skated during one of his past games. Granted, it had been a rough game, and everyone knew that half of the guys’ team-especially Clayton-had been sick. I meant the chirp in good fun, but as soon as the words “ankle skating like Dylan Strome’s brother at World Juniors” left my mouth, Clayton refused to be civil to me, and that was that.
“You don’t even know Stromer or his brother, so stay in your lane. And don’t criticize my skating when you go around looking like you’re trying to cross-country ski on the ice,” he had said, dropping any and all niceties he had been cultivating around me in two seconds flat. The thing about Clayton was that he normally didn’t curse, or at least that was what you were told. Not off the ice, anyway. When he was around me, though, he wasn’t the same nice, polite Clayton that he presented to the rest of the world, that was for sure.
I tried to explain myself, to tell Clayton that I didn’t really mean anything by what I had said, that it was just a dumb chirp, but he wasn’t having it. He even went so far as to suggest that I was only saying these kinds of things about his skating because I was on third line this season and had “finally realized you aren’t all that.” Now, I was used to getting chirped for similar stuff, it was part of playing the game, but Clayton’s sensitivity toward literally anything I said had inadvertently made it my mission to be critical of his every move. So, he bitched at me more, and I picked on him more. It was a vicious cycle, and it was only 36 hours into spirit week.
came from all around driving through the night to meet up the next
morning to go riding at Mammoth. We rode all day finding untracked areas
on the mountain, got back to base camp and decided it was time to hit a
hot spring and let our muscles decompress. We gathered all our gear to
make it across the snow covered Owen’s Valley to Crab Cooker hot spring
which we figured was empty. Some people boot packed others cross country
skied, skinned and snowshoed to get out there. Apparently we had
similar ideas to the other people that had already beat us to the tub,
but we waited patiently for the hot spring to empty since both groups
couldn’t all fit. Moments later the neighbors left and we soaked our
muscles until midnight enjoying the dark skies and the Sierras, counting
shooting stars. Some things are worth the wait. #worththewait