Photo of the day

Time for another Olympic photo courtesy of an Atlantic photo gallery:

A forerunner jumps during the Nordic combined, Team Gundersen, LH/4x5km, ski-jumping competition round on day 13 of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2018. 

Clive Mason / Getty

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

6 Responses to Photo of the day

  1. Mika says:

    I suppose you haven’t ever been watching a ski-jumping competition live? You have no idea how big those hills really are until you do.

    • Steve Greene says:

      That would be so cool to see live. As you can imagine, we don’t get a lot of ski jumping in NC :-). (Or any other place I’ve ever lived for that matter). I like how I can always tell the Finns by the many vowels in the last names :-).

      • Mika says:

        We have more vowels in our last names than others? Really? Never thought of that. Usally what gets attention is how some organizer transcribes ä’s and ö’s (a and o with two dots if you don’t see them correctly). In Pyoengyang they just left the dots away, like Parmakoski (Pärmäkoski). Classic is replacing ä with ae and ö with oe. Pirkko Määttä was called Maeaettae and Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen Haemaelaeinen. There’s a lot of vowels 🙂

      • Steve Greene says:

        Yeah– lots of vowels! Almost kind of reminds me of Hawaiian that way (though, also very clearly distinct). Anyway, the relative uniqueness of the Finno-Ugric languages has always intrigued me.

      • Mika says:

        Hawaiian? Oh yea, for example Maunakea.

        Yes, our language is pretty unique. Although Hungarian and especially Estonian sound a lot like Finnish at times I have no knowledge of those languages. I don’t understand a word. Liinu started studying German last autumn and I recognize a word every now and then because they are so close to Swedish or English. She’s pretty proud that her German is so much better than mine (I’ve never studied it) 🙂

      • Steve Greene says:

        I spent four years on German. Served me well when I visited after graduating high school. And did okay with an older German lady visiting her American family at a park in NC last year.

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