The Heat is on

It’s that time again, as every four years we’re glued to the TV to watch the Olympics. I always loved it, especially the track and field events. But one word that I’ve always found a little strange is: heat. As in, a qualifying race for a final. Where does it come from?

It seems that the word was first recorded with this meaning in the 17th century, then being used to refer to a run to prepare a horse for a race. Or warm it up, if you will.

For a lot of the more elite athletes, it pretty much has the same meaning: to warm up, generate some heat, for the final.

I hope you’re all enjoying the Olympics: I’ll be spending most of time trying to figure out the name of the exact shade of green the diving pool has turned.

4 thoughts on “The Heat is on

  1. I enjoy catching the Olympics when I can and was lucky enough to watch Canada’s Rosie MacLennan’s Gold-winning trampoline performance yesterday, as I watched her jump higher and higher, I just knew…what really takes my breath away are the stories that each athlete brings to their sport. And thank you for yet another smile, as I think back on that unique pool colour!

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