Dave di Denali vince l’oro!

Just heard from my buddy Denali Dave, who’s working for an NBC affiliate at the Olympic Games in Torino. Dave sent along a couple of photos today, one of which, a night-time shot of the Olympic Flame, is just down the street from where Dave is staying. The other photo is of Dave wearing the Gold Medal for pairs ice dancing.

The Olympic flame burns brightly at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. [Photo by Denali Dave]

The Olympic flame burns brightly at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. [Photo by Denali Dave]

Gosh, I thought I knew Dave: wine lover, mountain climber, globetrotting video troubleshooting guru. But ice dancing?

Heck, it’s always good to discover something incredibly wonderful and new about your friends.

Actually, Dave is telling the truth, having met this week’s Olympic Gold Medal winners in pairs ice dancing, Russian Tatyana Totmiyanina and her partner, Maxim Marinin. That’s Dave mugging with their medal in what appears to be my old cubicle where I used to work here in Silicon Valley.

Denali Dave proudly wearing borrowed Olympic Gold in Torino.

Denali Dave proudly wearing borrowed Olympic Gold in Torino.

Yes, I’m sure there’s more to this story. But on a personal level, I sure am happy for Dave, who has journeyed so incredibly far beyond most of us to realize his extraorbital Olympic dreams.

~winehiker

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