2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

“Gold medalist Maddie Bowman of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Ski Halfpipe on day 15 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza.”
Image and caption courtesy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

By GENNA GIZZO ’17

During the past two weeks the world watched as athletes from different countries competed in various Olympic Games such as figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, skeleton, and others. The fascination for these sports only grew when the athletes showed their passion for their sport.

“Vic Wild of Russia competes in the Snowboard Men’s Parallel Slalom 1/8 Finals.”
Image and caption courtesy of Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

You could also see their competitiveness in going for the gold while representing their country. The amount of dedication, motivation, and focus were astounding in the Games, even though not every sport and athlete could win a medal. As a figure skater who works every weekend, I saw how the Olympics encouraged others to try out figure skating and other sports. Adding to my curiosity, I asked a few students in class about which sport has drawn their attention the most. The gold medalist was skiing, coming in second was figure skating with silver, and making it in third with bronze was snowboarding. Not only was it interesting to see how the Games inspired millions across the globe, but it was also a great thing to see the pride that every athlete had when a medal.

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