Olympic Team 2024 Paris!
Two weeks ago, I outlined the Olympic sports that the various Velsoft Head Office personnel could compete in at the Winter Games, which will wrap up for 2018 in PyeongChang on Sunday. Well, I received a great deal of flack from my picks. As a result, I have rethought my choices and have decided on the Olympic team we can send to the 2024 games in Paris. (It will take that long and a great deal of lobbying to get these sports into the Olympics!) The roles chosen were based on people’s skills and inclination. I hope these are more to everyone’s liking!
|Mission Lead||Sandra||Someone’s got to make sure there’s enough money to get back home at the end of the games.|
|Team Psychologist||Cindy||This team will definitely need her help!|
|Speed Coding||Ian||I watch him coding and it’s a blur — definite gold medal.|
|Lumberjacking||Ben||Ben, red-checkered shirt, jeans — you see it, don’t you?|
|Calf roping||Jan||Once again, the only one with a calf!|
|Quiet curling||Sydney||Hurry hard, but quietly.|
|Quidditch||Jim||Always the Seeker.|
|Web Surfing||Nathan||Lanky, tall and looks like a Californian! Just saying.|
|T-shirt toss||Dylan||Knows where to get the t-shirts.|
|Armchair hockey||Carol||Ski jumping was too athletic, and cheering for (yelling at) at the hockey players is her real passion!|
|Ultimate Hide and Seek||Marty||Marty set a record as an amateur — four years and 16 days before anybody found him.|
|Hobbit Heptathlon||Michael||Quoits, Dart-throwing, Bowls, Ninepins, Shooting at the Wand, Wrestling and Golf.|
|Dragon Fire Jumping||Dave||With his height, 49-inch vertical and love of Game of Thrones — a natural.|
|Rocking Chair Marathon||Scott||Curling required standing up, sitting would be much better.|
|League of Legends||Brandon||Hey, it’s a demonstration sport at the Asian Olympics!|
|Flonkerton||Glen||An office favorite.|
What’s in the Pipeline:
- Carol is still creating marketing content and editing custom work.
- Jan is creating components for our March and April releases.
- Kevin and Sydney are working on custom projects.
- Work is in progress on badging.
- Work is in progress on a career path feature.
Courses released this month:
Here is the official count of courses for both courseware and eLearning, broken down by Computer and SoftSkills.
Did you know…
- A precursor to the Winter Olympics, the Nordic Games were organized in Stockholm, Sweden in 1901, 1903, 1905 and then every fourth year until 1926.
- Figure skating was added to the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, although the competition was not actually held until October, about three months after the other events concluded.
- The 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium featured figure skating and an ice hockey tournament.
- The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
- The original five Winter Olympics sports (broken into nine disciplines) were bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, Nordic skiing (consisting of the disciplines military patrol, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, and ski jumping), and skating (consisting of the disciplines figure skating and speed skating).
- The 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo was the first winter games to be televised, and the first Olympics ever broadcast to an international audience.
- St. Moritz, Switzerland became the first city to host a Winter Olympics twice. Lake Placid and Innsbruck have also each hosted twice.
- The opening and closing ceremonies of the 1960 Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California were produced by Walt Disney. It was the first Winter Olympics with a dedicated athletes village, and the first to use a computer to tabulate results.
- Although demonstration sports were officially dropped from the Olympics after 1992, the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang featured an exhibition snow volleyball match.
- Demonstration sports at the Winter Olympics have included bandy (similar to hockey but played with a ball), ski ballet (like figure skating on skis), skijoring (a person on skis pulled by a horse), speed skiing (skiing downhill in a straight line as fast as possible), winter pentathlon (cross-country skiing, shooting, downhill skiing, fencing, horseback riding), and sled-dog racing.