Sochi Winter Olympics Recap

By Sue Roy

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Every four years, the world is treated to the global sporting event of the Olympics. Countries all over the world, part of the International Olympic Committee, come together at a predetermined location to showcase the greatest athletes in their respective sports, which include alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating. This year the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia and the event was surrounded by rumors of corruption, bribery, uncompleted venues, dirty water, stray dogs, and fear of safety. As the event has processed through the days, the world has now turned to the accomplishment of the athletes instead of concentrating on the bad. As usual, Team USA competes with the strong horses of the Winter Olympics which includes the nations of Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, and Norway. With the event now over, we have seen its ups and down as some dreams were crushed and others came true. The final medal count from the US, Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, and Germany reproduced below.

USA: 28

Canada: 25

Russia: 33

The Netherlands: 24

Norway: 26

Austria:17

Germany: 19

Highlights of the Olympics include,

Bode Miller, at age 36, become the oldest Olympian to medal in Alpine Skiing by winning the bronze medal while teammate Andrew Weibrecht wins silver

The US duo of Charlie White and Meryl Davis win gold in Ice dancing, the first ever gold medal won in the event by the US after achieving world record scores in both the short program and free dance

Noelle Pikus-Pace/ “Super Mom” wins the silver medal in Women’s Skeleton after coming back from retirement after the 2010 Games and teammate Katie nearly medaled after coming back from many injuries

Steve Holcomb and partner Steve Langton win a bronze in two-man bobsled, ending a 62-year-drought in the event for the US

USA Men’s Hockey Team defeats Russia in rivalry game by shootout with TJ Oshie playing the role of hero as he hit the team-winning shot in shootout

The US sweeps the men’s ski slopestyle with Jose Christense winning the the gold. Gus Kenworthy with the silver (also making headlines for adopting 4 stray puppies), and Nick Goepper with the bronze

US wins Bronze in first ever- team figure skating event with performances from Gracie Gold, Davis and White, Jeremy Abbott, Ashley Wagner, pair Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir

Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal in the inaugural snowboard slopestyle

Medal Count Source: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/olympics-medal-count-russia-sochi-united-states-most/

Image Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/check-u-olympic-team-sochi-opening-ceremony-uniforms-135928223–oly.html