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So you've decided to be an Olympian: Speed skating

The Madison Speed Skating Club is the obvious starting point for your own pursuit of Olympic speed skating glory. Its "Learn-to-Speedskate" program introduces the sport to beginners of all ages, at $115 for eight weeks. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Figure skating

Even if you're an Alpine or Nordic skier, hockey enthusiast, speed skater, devotee of the bobsleigh or luge or any of the other Winter Olympics sports, you have to acknowledge that figure skating may be the most demanding discipline of all those on display at the 2010 Vancouver Games. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Ski jumping

So you think you can be the next Simon Ammann, the resurgent Swiss ski-jumping sensation. Perhaps you ought to first think about becoming the next Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the endearingly hapless yet perseverant British ski jumper of the 1980s. >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Nordic (cross-country) skiing

At some point next month, you're going to find yourself sitting in front of your 62-inch Plasma HDTV with 1080p display and 600-Hz subfield motion, jaw agape as you watch the Nordic skiing events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, marveling to yourself, "My goodness, these Lycra-clad Nordic skiers sure look mighty fluid and effortless as they glide over the snow on their cross-country skis. I wonder how I can learn to ski like that." >More
 So you've decided to be an Olympian: Curling

The first in a series of posts detailing the route to participating in, if not becoming proficient at, one of the sports from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week: Get your curl on at the Madison Curling Club. >More
 Ride the Drive Madison returns in tandem for 2010

Anyone who enjoyed Madison's inaugural Ride the Drive stands to enjoy it twice as much in 2010. When they gathered last night at the extensively renovated Mansion Hill Inn, now owned by Trek Bicycles and Trek Hospitality, those in attendance heard Mayor Dave Cieslewicz announce tentative plans to shift into a higher gear and hold the event not once next year, but twice. >More
 Madison bicycling and tourism boosters cross fingers for Chicago 2016 Olympics bid

When the International Olympic Committee convenes in Copenhagen next Friday to announce its selection of the host city for the 2016 summer games, anyone walking in the proximity of Madison's Concourse Hotel is going to hear either quite an outburst of cheering or a cascade of groans. >More
 'On your left!' Madison bike path warning gets the haiku treatment

Many pedestrians, in-line skaters and even other cyclists may be confused about how to react when they hear "Left!" and that it is not unreasonable for them, startled upon hearing this barked by a cyclist about to whiz by at 20 mph, to misinterpret it as a command to move to their left -- into the cyclist's desired path. >More
 Get on your bikes and ride Mondays Around Monona!

The Mondays Around Monona bike ride is a low-key circumnavigation of the Lake Monona bike path by a bunch of bikers in no particular hurry to complete the loop. Starting from the path's crossing at Fair Oaks Avenue, the rides began as one woman's need to spend more time on two wheels. >More
 A guide for enjoying the inaugural Ride the Drive Madison

Billed as a car-free and care-free celebration of Madison's bike-friendly reputation, Ride the Drive promises to afford the rare opportunity to enjoy a perspective of the city usually reserved for people in motor vehicles, traveling at 25 miles per hour or more. >More
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