It's the Olympics season! For two weeks, the whole world will turn its attention to the goings on in PyeongChang, South Korea for the quadrennial winter sports event (the Olympics are probably the best and only time the word quadrennial even gets used). Some people get obsessed with the games, others watch casually, and some even ignore them altogether. If you're of the first group and looking for a way to get psyched for the games, these are the best movies to get you in the Olympics spirit.
Prepping for the Olympics is a great time to catch up on winter sports movies. If you don't feel like braving the cold or finding a sitter, there is no shortage of ice skating movies to stream in your own home. Most of them have a little bonus romance thrown in between the double axels, Besti squats, camel spins, and other fancy figure skating moves. There is also tons of great hockey movies, a bobsledding classic, and even a movie about curling.
Personally, I welcome these movies as a substitute to watching the actual Olympic games. As a mom, I have a hard time watching these athletes, who have trained the majority of their lives, stumble. Sure, many of their performances end in triumph, but when I see a skater fall or a skier crash into a gate and all their hopes for Olympic glory disappear, it crushes me. And when the camera pans to their parents — I totally lose it.
Whether you're getting psyched or avoiding the hype, there are many ways you can celebrate the Olympic season through film.