our legendary winters and world-famous gemutlichkeit, Milwaukee should
be an obvious choice to host a future Winter Games. But if we can’t
get the attention of the International Olympic Committee, perhaps we
should host our own Olympics — Milwaukee style.
favorite sledding hill would be a picturesque spot for ski jumping,
with extra points for toting a frosty mug of Sprecher’s Winter Lager
during the jump.
• Who needs an
indoor ice arena when Lake Michigan and Veterans Park is in your front
yard — consider it figure skating with an edge in the unpredictable
elements of Wisconsin winter. To add to the ratings, replace
commentator Scott Hamilton with participants from the Polar Bear
• For this
all-outdoor games, move speedskating from the Pettit National Ice
Center to the lagoon along Lincoln Memorial Drive. With Colectivo
nearby, cups of hot joe would be easily accessible for both
competitors and spectators.
boulevard along Lincoln Memorial Drive would create a nice venue for
curling competition. Traffic in two directions would add an extra
element of difficulty to this game that’s been described as
"chess on ice."
• We could see
the Summerfest Grounds transformed into a half-pipe track for the
bobsled event, with bands strategically located on the site of the
world’s largest music festival.
• The Flying
Tomato would be licking his chops at the prospect of snowboarding off
those famous Calatrava wings at the Milwaukee Art Museum.