Most awesome meteorological phenomenon
The Seattle Storm was so good this year that it never lost a game in KeyArena. Not even in the playoffs. All hail the 2010 WNBA champions, especially Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird, the only members of this year's team who were on the Storm roster when it won the league crown six years ago. Jackson and Bird are best friends, the best at what they do—and the best reason we know of to expose your kids to professional sports.
Finest example of a sports franchise owner with a clue
When the Seattle Sounders FC stunk up Qwest Field last May in a dispiriting 4-nil loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, team co-owner Adrian Hanauer said fans shouldn't have to pay to watch such dreck, so he announced that season-ticket holders—all 32,000—would receive one-game credits toward the purchase of next year's season-ticket packages. We can only hope the Seattle Mariners’ “brain trust” was paying attention.
Best reason for breakfast in a pint glass
Is it just us, or is World Cup mania in Seattle getting crazier every four years? Don't get us wrong. We love soccer, too. And we're happy to see sports bars overflowing at 10 a.m. Makes the drive to work a little easier while simultaneously making it seem as if we've moved to Europe for a month. Still, if vuvuzelas are part of the package in 2014, we may have to insist on a municipal mute button.
Best PR for Seattle tourism
The Seattle area has always struggled to get the attention of the big-time golf world. But it was mission accomplished this year with two magnificent golf courses that couldn’t be more different—Chambers Bay in University Place and Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish—showing the region to spectacular advantage for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, respectively.
Newest speed skater to idolize
Yeah, the opening ceremony didn't exactly measure up to Beijing's, but the Vancouver Olympics still rocked. We not only got to see local boy Apolo Anton Ohno win his sixth, seventh and eighth Olympic medals in short-track speedskating, we also got to see local boy J.R. Celski (the next Apolo?) come back from a serious injury just months before the Games to win his first two Olympic medals.
Closest thing to walking on water
Hawaiians perfected the art of stand-up paddle surfing (SUP) decades ago, and now Seattleites are jumping aboard in unprecedented numbers. The second annual “Round the Rock” SUP race (13 miles around Mercer Island) in September attracted more than 300 participants (many revealing the awesome obliques that result from embracing the sport), more than doubling last year’s numbers. Pretty much any day of the year—in any sort of weather, thanks to wetsuits—you're likely to see a school of Seattleites out on the water, having a stroke.
Best places to plié
Growing tired of your treadmill routine? Swap out your sneakers for some (metaphorical) pointe shoes at ballet-inspired exercise classes that will have you reliving your ballerina fantasies. New studio Barre3 (1404 12th Ave.; barre3.com) has a signature workout that incorporates ballet, yoga and Pilates elements for a session that’s intensive and therapeutic; and Redmond's Bar Method (7551 166th Ave. NE, #D240; 425.556.5163; barmethod.com) focuses on perfecting your pliés with ballet barre practice. Not enough tutu for you? Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave.; 206.325.8773; velocitydancecenter.org) offers courses for beginning dancers or ballet veterans.
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