Olympic (Day) Dreams: Queen Of The Ice Every four years, the Winter Olympics bring us the usual thrill of victory and agony of defeat. For essayist Diane Roberts, the Vancouver Games provide an opportunity to indulge in her favorite daydream.

Olympic (Day) Dreams: Queen Of The Ice

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JACKI LYDEN, Host:

The Winter Olympics are giving us the usual dizzying thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. For essayist Diane Roberts, the Vancouver Games provide an opportunity to indulge in her favorite daydream.

DIANE ROBERTS: Actually, I don't know how to ice skate. I'm a Southerner. Southerners have this loose-hipped gait designed for striding up the red clay hills of Alabama, tramping down the swampy trails of Florida and promenading the sidewalks of Atlanta - unless there's been a hard freeze, in which case it's best if we stay in the house. We can't walk on ice, much less shoot around it wearing blades on our feet. So, I'm not even going to try. But inside my head I can not only skate, I can skate backwards.

ROBERTS: In your head, you might catch the Super Bowl-winning pass from Drew Brees or sing a duet with Mick onstage as the Stones rock out. That's cool. I just prefer to execute a perfect double lutz as Iggy's bass gets insistent and Outkast hollers. I hit my triple. The crowd roars and bouquets of roses rain down on the ice.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HEY YA!")

OUTKAST: (Singing) Hey ya, just want to make you, hey ya.

LYDEN: Diane Roberts lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where it almost snowed last weekend.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HEY YA!")

OUTKAST: (Singing) Hey ya, hey, all right now. All right now, fellas, yeah. Now, what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold. I can't hear ya. I say, what's cooler than being cool? Ice cold All right, all right, all right, all right.

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