I’m sitting here watching Canada play Italy in Paralympic sledge hockey and it got me wondering how and when sledge hockey was created. So, thanks to the wonder of Wikipedia, I now know that:
- sledge hockey was created in the early 1960s by two men from Sweden who wanted to play hockey despite their physical disabilities
- Canada’s first sledge hockey team was established in 1982
- sledge hockey was first played as an official Paralympic event in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway
- women were allowed to play on the men’s sledge hockey teams for the first time at the 2010 at the Vancouver Paralympics, but none of the teams chose to have any women on their rosters
The sledge is made of a metal frame with two skate blades on the bottom.
The sticks look like half of a regular sized ice hockey stick with picks on the end that are used to propel the athlete across the ice.
The goalie’s glove also has picks on it to allow the goalie to move him- or herself across the ice. I couldn’t find a picture of a glove that I can use on my blog, but here are a couple of links to a photo so you can check it out.
Image Credit: Picture of an ice hockey sledge is from the Wikimedia Commons, in the public domain. The picture of the sledge hockey stick is also from the Wikimedia Commons and is also in the public domain.
I picked up my Olympic tickets today!
Women’s hockey and men’s sledge hockey. Stoked!
I had to go downtown to pick them up and downtown is really looking spiffy these days. My personal fav is this building with the giant Canadian flag on it:
Also, I saw these dudes from Russia walking down Granville:
Oh yeah, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I also have a ticket to go see a dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies on Monday! I’m probably more excited about that than anything! My friend Kim’s husband is in the show and everyone in the show got tickets to the dress rehearsals for their family/friends. So Kim and I are going to see what people are paying thousands of dollars to see, but we get to see it for free and four days earlier!
Let the games begin!
Yesterday was “phase 3” of Vancouver 2010 Olympic ticket sales. I hadn’t tried to buy tickets in phases 1 or 2, but decided to give it a shot this time.
Because so many people want to buy Olympic tickets, the procedure for buying them involves going to the website at the appointed time and sitting in a “virtual waiting room,” which refreshes every 30 seconds. From this “virtual waiting room,” people are (allegedly) randomly selected to move to the “buying room” where they have 12 minutes to pick the tickets they want and purchase them. With Visa. Visa is an Olympic sponsor, and so is the only credit card you can use to buy tickets. They must be making a fortune on this!
I waited in the virtual waiting room for SIX HOURS. Seriously. I mean, I was doing other things during that time, and just had the waiting room up in Firefox. After about six hours, my friend Karen Google chatted me and said she’d gotten into the “buying room” after just 1/2 hr! Now, the Olympic website said in no uncertain terms that if you had the waiting room opened in multiple browsers and/or multiple tabs in a browser, it would screw up the system and cause you to time out. Yet Karen told me that she’d had it opened in 10 tabs!! So I opened up the virtual waiting room in Safari and got into the buying room in just 10 minutes! Silly me, reading the fine print and following the rules!
By this time, all tickets for the men’s hockey that didn’t cost one zillion dollars were gone, but I did manage to snag tickets to two events:
- women’s hockey playoffs
- sledge hockey playoffs
So my wallet is $500 lighter, but I figure having the Olympics in your city is a once in a lifetime thing.
I hope I get to meet Quatchi.