Surprise In Sochi?

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So far the United States are tied with Norway for the medal lead with 13.  Not a surprise is the medal count, but it’s who won those medals. Many of the medal winners are the ones we thought were going to stand on the podium.  I recently talked about Bode Miller, Shaun White, Lindsay Vonn, and Evan Lysacek. Miller and White each had disappointing finishes in their respected events. White finished 4th in the Halfpipe. Miller finished 8th in Downhill and 7th in the Super Combined Slalom. Injuries have sidelined both Vonn and Lysacek. We have definitely missed their production out on the white stuff.

The US curling teams didn’t do as good as we had hoped. The men are currently sitting tied for 6th with a 2-4 record. The women are rounded out the bottom tied for 9th with a 1-5 record.

But the lack of production from our big stars hasn’t stopped the 31-year-old mother, Noelle Pikus-Pace, from Utah to bring home the silver medal in the women’s Skeleton. This sport is one of the most dangerous. It involves laying on your belly on a sled about six inches about the ground going close to 80 mph. With her head being so close to the ice, I would be so scared. Noelle is such an inspiration. She broke her leg before Vancouver four years ago, but finished 4th. This year in Sochi, she’ll be heading home a lot happier with her result.  The US hockey team defeated Slovakia 7-1 and will take on Russia tomorrow morning.

I feel that the weather has played a big part in the results. The fact that it has snowed in our area more than it has there, is nuts. I even heard there is a beach resort near there? I might have to look into that.

I really wonder why basketball isn’t in the Winter Olympics. This really baffles me and makes me wonder the reasoning for that. With only nine days left, I’m still hoping on the USA to win the medal count again, and I think we can do it throughout this adversity.

-RV

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Curling to the finish line

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are underway in Sochi, Russia today! But what does that really mean for the USA? Do the continued threats of security put a damper on things? In my eyes, the 17 day event should be a time where all the countries set aside their differences and stop war. But that’s a different topic, different blog, different time. Defending medal count champions, The United States of America, are set to take the next step and be on top of the world. Pun intended. The United States have 230 athletes that plan to participate in the games. Turkish Airlines have already caught a potential hi-jacker on Thursday. This monstrosity is absurd. That idiotic person could have started World War 3. On another, more important note, we have so many athletes that have great talent and abilities that are set repeat gold from 2010. Bode Miller won gold in men’s combined skiing. Lindsey Vonn won gold in women’s downhill, but won’t be competing due to injury. Evan Lysacek won men’s figure skating. The flying tomato, Shaun White, won gold in the halfpipe in every year since he’s be able to walk. That was just a few of the 9 gold medals we won. We walked away with 37 medals in all and led all countries. But my favorite sport, by far, is curling. The sport of curling is slow, yet such a great tactical and skill oriented sport. To me, curling is a slow flat game of darts with different rules. The United States have qualified for curling in both the men’s and women’s. I will definitely be keeping my eye on the sport, because it gives me such an adrenaline rush. What’s your favorite Olympic sport? Nobody really understands curling like I do, I guess they just don’t get it. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on the flying tomato and the USA hockey team. I’m not much of a hockey fan, but I’m a sucker for team-oriented sports, and hockey is the sport with the most teammates. I’m predicting 13 golds and a total of 46 total medals.

Go USA!

-RV