Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 130 - Hot Tub

Thought of the day: Since Saturday, I have been seeing a lot of black skiers in the lodge and on the slope.  I don't think I have seen so many black skiers in a single weekend.  In fact, the last time I  remember seeing and talking to one was back in Lake Tahoe a couple of years ago.  I thought something must be going on and checked with one of the skiers.  Sure enough, there's a summit of National Brotherhood of Skiers in Steamboat this weekend.  According to NBS, it's the largest ski convention in the US with more than a thousand skiers attending.  Apparently, NBS is organizing this event to raise funds to help develop young black athletes.  Their goal is to place black skiers in US Ski Team who can win medals in Winter Olympics.  With their dedication, it's only a matter of time before a black skier wins a gold medal in downhill skiing.  That makes me wonder: I don't see too many Asian American skiers winning medals in Olympics either, but why is there no national ski club for Asians?  I think it may have something to do with the fact that the blacks seem to possess a much stronger racial and cultural identity than the Asians.  Asian population is just too fragmented.  It's more likely to have a Chinese ski club, Japanese ski club, and such, than an Asian ski club.  Perhaps for the same reason, even with a few Asian individuals shining bright in the political arena, Asians have far less political influence than the blacks as a group.

Photo of the day:
Jasmine relaxing in a hot tub after a day of skiing.

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