The nations of the world are about to face off against each other in the 21st Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, Canada, starting with the Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 12. With 15 events featuring thousands of athletes all
scheduled to take place over the next 17 days, viewers from Australia to Alaska will tune in to the festivities to see which country amasses the most Olympic hardware.
Shaun White (pictured) will try to repeat his gold medal performance from the snowboarding halfpipe event in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
For most of us, the Winter Olympics are filled with events we know nothing about that most of us may never get to try ourselves. While there may be moderate to widespread lack of familiarity with events such as curling, skeleton, and Nordic Combined, one should remember that a country's pride is at stake in every event.
Whether you root for a hottie American defending gold medalist or the lone underdog athlete representing his entire third-world country, the 2010 Olympic Games have something for everyone.
Many people are suckers for NBC's often-too-long human interest pieces that interrupt live Olympic action for extended periods, and others love to watch with pride as their national anthem plays with the gold medalist weeping from atop the podium. The rest of us (myself included) want to see a combination of chills, spills, and world record thrills. This slideshow should help to illustrate just that. Enjoy!