The ‘retweets’ and ‘likes’ have started. From major social media networks to the blogosphere, everything that anyone is talking about is the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That is, anyone who has not decided to boycott the games. The Sochi Winter Olympics seems to have a litany of problems–the greatest of them being the continuous terrorist threats. What has the world most upset started last year when Russia banned the promotion of “non-traditional” sexuality. Vladmir Putin tried to appease the LGBT community by publicly inviting gays to the Sochi Winter Olympics, promising that they “can feel relaxed and comfortable”; however, he finished by saying that they must “leave the children in peace.” (SMH, Putin…)
The Winter Olympics are my crack–no boycotting for me. I will eat, breathe, and live Olympics for the next few weeks.
There are only so many hours in the day; therefore, there are only so many events an individual can watch. These are some events and people who you are going to want to add to your Winter Olympics agenda.
Carrot Top No More
Shaun White–the Tony Hawk of the halfpipe. He cleaned up well for the cameras, but will he clean up when it comes to the Olympic gold medal? He earned gold in the Snowboard Halfpipe event, both 2006, in Turin, and in 2010, in Vancouver. He is favored to win again this year–no surprise there. What is surprising is events that occurred in the last two months.
In December, White was handed a devastating defeat at a halfpipe competition in Breckenridge, Colorado. It is evident that this shook his confidence, as he has pulled out of the highly anticipated Olympic slopestyle competition. This was the first Olympic games to included this competition–an event that White preferred and primarily competed in before the Olympics added the halfpipe to its Winter Olympics’ program list.
With his entire focus on the halfpipe, I expect an extraordinary display of talent–per usual–from Shaun White.
Oh No, No Apolo Anton Ohno?
I was heartbroken when I found out that my favorite American Winter Olympic champion would not be returning in 2014 (not returning to compete anyway). The blow was softened when I recently learned that Apolo Ohno will be very present at this year’s games as an analyst and broadcaster.
Shani Davis (L) and J.R. Celski (R)
Ohno cast a large shadow in the last three Olympic games, but American racers Shani Davis and J.R. Celski have been lying in wait, preparing to take over. Both Shani Davis and J.R. Celski are world record-holders in their respective short track races – Davis in the 1000 and 1500 meter and Celski in the 500 meter.
I imagine both will represent America well, but I’m most excited for J.R. Celski. The 500 meter is going to be an all-out, no holds barred blitz to the finish line. With 14th ranked Mo Tae-bum winning gold in 2010, anything is possible. Read more