2014 Winter Olympics at the BCAE

2014 Winter Olympics at the BCAE

This winter the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is offering Boston’s only up-close and personal look at the Winter Olympics. In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the BCAE is bringing together a group of renowned experts including a former Olympian for a series of unique classes designed to provide in-depth knowledge on the Winter Olympics and its competitions including bobsledding, figure skating, skiing, snowboarding and curling.

The BCAE will turn into Boston’s own Olympic village during the last two weeks of January. The series will kick off on January 22nd, 2014 with Skiing and Snowboarding led by Tom Meyers of Wachusett Mountain. Meyers and his expert staff will give students an insider’s look at the Olympic sports including what to wear, proper form, what to look for while watching the competitions on TV, as well as the different types of skis and snowboards used in various competitions during this two hour class.

On Thursday, January 23rd and January 30th, Anne Stacy will lead Figure Skating. Stacy, an esteemed figure skating coach, will guide students through the technique, pageantry and beauty of this beloved Olympic sport.  The two-part course will teach students everything they need to know about what it takes to become an Olympic skater including the amount of preparation that goes into a four minute routine, training, the history of the sport, an explanation of the esoteric scoring system, and a demonstration session where students will learn how to do lutz and axel jumps in the BCAE’s spacious ballroom.

On Monday, January 27th, the BCAE will give students a rare look at curling, one of the most intriguing Winter Olympic sports. Broomstones Curling Club will lead a hands-on Curling class, demonstrating the methods behind the madness of this unique winter event. Students will learn the rules, regulations and strategy of the sport, and participants will be given the opportunity to test out their skills with a specially-made curling stone created for dry land demonstrations. On Tuesday, January 28th, two-time Olympian Peter Donohue will lead a rare discussion on Bobsledding and what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. After a career as a world-class sprinter in Ireland, Donohoe turned his sites towards bobsledding and qualified for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, representing Ireland. This lecture will include notes on Peter’s career, a video demonstration, equipment samples, and a question and answer session about both bobsledding and his career.

For those looking for a cultural taste of Sochi, the BCAE will host a Vodka Tasting (chosen as a staff pick!) led by expert Randall Bird on Thursday, January 23rd.  This class will cover production, labeling standards, understanding Vodka bottles, and will of course include a tasting of many Vodkas. Finally, on Saturday, January 25th the BCAE’s Dustin Todd Rennells will present Sochi Succulents: Russian Eating Olympics, a crash-course on preparing Russian cuisine such as blintzes and borscht. These classes are perfect inspiration for Winter Olympic game parties and preparation.

Skiing and Snowboarding: Wednesday, January 22; 6-8 p.m.; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

Figure Skating: Thursday, January 23rd and January 30; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 2 sessions. $60 / $51 members

Vodka Tasting: Thursday, January 23; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 1 session. Staff pick pricing: $36 / $31 members, materials $15 (regularly $45/$38 members)

Sochi Succulents: Russian Eating Olympics: Saturday, January 25; 2:30-5:30 p.m.; 1 session. $55 / $47 members, materials $18

Curling: Monday, January 27th, 2014; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

Bobsledding: Tuesday, January 28th, 2014; 6-8 p.m.; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

 

2014 Winter Olympics at the BCAE
Event Category: Sports / Leisure
When: January 22, 2014 ~ January 28, 2014
Where: Boston Center for Adult Education
More Info: http://www.bcae.org/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/bcae


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