Winter Olympics in Review

044By Ginger Solomon

If I’m anything, I’m practical. Most of my posts here will show that in one way or another. This post is no different.

The Olympics ended last week. For two weeks they dominated the news and were the thing to talk about.

Did you see the US Hockey team beat Russia?

What about when Ted Legity became the first US male to ever win gold in the giant slalom? 

Okay, let’s try the US women’s bobsled team of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams who won silver. Did you know that Lauryn Williams is only the fifth Olympian to medal in both the summer and winter Olympics? Her other medal is in track.

One more. Did you watch Meryl Davis and Charlie White win the first-ever gold in Ice Dancing?

In four years will we remember any of these events? The people? The heartaches or the joys? Will we even remember them next month?

We might not, but I’m sure every single participant will either bask in the glory of the win, or wonder what he/she could have done differently. Some may even be working on a plan for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

Christina started the month off with a look back at the very beginnings of the games. But how much of what has happened between that time and now can we name?

Do you know what year the Summer and Winter Olympics became separate events? The last year they were held together was 1992.

What memorable events happened in 1980 — there were several? First, the US hockey team beat the Soviet Union, who dominated the amateur division of the sport. They went on to win the gold. Also in 1980, Eric Heiden won FIVE gold medals in speed skating.

This one you might remember. In 1988, Jamaica sent a bobsled team to the Olympics. They didn’t medal because they crashed, but the team inspired the movie “Cool Runnings.” By the way, there was also a Jamaican bobsled team this year for the first time in twelve years.

I didn’t watch many of the Olympic events this year. It seemed too many other things required my time. I caught glimpses of snowboarding and ice-skating, and the tear-filled interview with Bode Miller. I’m sure there were many thrilling moments, and probably more heart-breaking stories. The participants will not likely forget them. Just getting to the Olympics is a big deal and I applaud them for their dedication and perseverance. 

So I leave you with this thought: These Olympic hopefuls gave it their all, plus some, to achieve the goal they had set for themselves. What goal — writing or otherwise — have you set for yourself? Are you striving for it or are you waiting for the reward to just fall in your lap?