Continuing the Crook County News Since 1884

This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

Britain has never been great at winter sports. When you lack much in the way of serviceable snow, it’s hard to pilot a luge in much of a hurry.

So it was no surprise to hear that we’d made it almost two weeks into the Olympics without a single Brit popping up on the winner’s podium. We have some excellent athletes, but they start with a disadvantage. The UK is many things, but a wonderland of snow-capped mountains and frozen ponds is not one of them.

Apparently, we set ourself a goal this year of between three and seven medals. Had we landed precisely in the middle of this modest target, we wo...