March 19, 2010, 7:40 a.m. | By Jenna Bushnell | 14 years, 2 months ago

There's nothing I love more than the Olympics, which is why I'm sad to see them go. The idea that nations from all over the world can put aside their differences for a little fun competition just goes to show the value of sports. Not to mention, the Winter Olympics garner a sense of national pride (37 medals for U.S.!) that recently seems hard to come by. Although the extinguishing of the Olympic torch brings an end to the Olympic excitement, I eagerly await London 2012.

Shaun White, who has inspired a nation of followers, will be greatly missed with the end of the 2010 Olympics.  Photo courtesy of NBC.

For the past two weeks I've been living vicariously through my Olympic crush Shaun White (if you're reading this Shauny dearest, Facebook me!). But, with the games over, not only am I heartbroken, but I've been putting the Olympic theme song on repeat since it ended. Fortunately for Olympoholics like myself, there are a number of entertainment opportunities that will keep us in good spirits…for the next two years at least…

While snowboarding and skiing games have been on the market for years, Nintendo has recently released a new game for their Wii consol called "Wii Curling." Oh yes, that's right. It's got all the thrill and excitement of curling without the ice or ill-fitting pants. Players not only have to push the curling stone, but they have to actively shake their controller in a sweeping motion in order to ensure that the stone reaches the target. While some may mock you for actually spending money on this game, you'll be the one laughing come 2014 when you're a virtual curling master.

If video games aren't your thing, maybe it's time to get in the action yourself. What better way to relive (or reenact) Winter Olympic glory than to get on the ice yourself? If you're dying to be just like Johnny Weir (because let's face it, who doesn't?), start taking figure skating lessons. Most rinks in the area offer lessons to willing participants of all ages and hey, you might discover your secret yearning to don a velvet and sequin onesie will mesh well with your newfound ice dancing abilities.

If the Olympics call to you because of the excitement of international competition, you'll be relieved. There are numerous worldwide contests to watch. Starting June 11, the FIFA World Cup begins in South Africa. Soccer and sports fans alike can enjoy the fierce tournament, which offers much of the same rivalry and animation of the Olympics. And while the World Cup might not feature the narration of Bob Costas, a plethora of thrilling worldwide competitions occur throughout the year. Just check out ESPN 1, 2, 3, (and so on) for listings.

This isn't goodbye Olympics, it's a see you soon.

Jenna Bushnell. Jenna Bushnell likes sunshine and funfetti cupcakes. In her free time she enjoys excavating ancient Mayan temples, choreographing classic Broadway revivals, and smiling at strangers. For the right price, she will recite all of the words to "Rock Yo Hips" by Crime Mob. More »

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