Less than two years after the Olympics were held in London, they return to be hosted for the first time ever in the country of Russia in the little known town of Sochi. While I'm usually enthralled to watch them, with the news talking about the country dealing with gay rights, terrorist threats and over budgeting, I fear this may be the first and hopefully last time I'm not as excited to watch them. Especially with rumors that the voting was rigged in 2007 to allow Sochi to be chosen.
Despite the opening ceremony not happening till tomorrow, they already had the athletes competing in snowboarding, figure skating and skiing.
The official start and opening of the winter Olympics finally started in the main arena with the opening ceremony. After a short performance by a young girl and a men's choir we saw the Olympic rings be presented only to have another mishap like the one in Vancouver BC. Then after the long and tedious watching of the 88 countries and their competing athletes we finally got to the real ceremony with performers showing a one thousand year history of Russia. My personal favorite was the part where they made it look like newspaper articles were running across the floor as well as the red train disassembling into various parts. Then after seeing president Vladimir Put in give a speech to the entire world, we got to see the various passing of the Olympic torch and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron which was just a shot jog from the arena in the center of the Olympic park. All in all I say it was pretty good and on par with the performance in Vancouver.
Saw some more of the same stuff as on the 6th but one the thing to grab the local news is that fellow native of the Northwest Sage Kotenburg won the first gold medal of the games in the event of snowboarding slopestyle.
Actually got to watch some of biathlon competition which is my favorite to watch, though I still find it unusual to have target shooting and cross country skiing together in one sport. After that it was back to figure skating, snowboarding and downhill skiing.
Took some time to watch some more of the athletes take on speed skating ands downhill skiing as well as some snowboarding. In terms of medal count it looks like Canada is on it's way to repeat a similar performance in Vancouver.
After watching all this skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, it looks like the women are gaining more of a spotlight this time than the men were back in Vancouver. Still I wish I had the time to head off to my favorite sports bar and watch the events that are not normally shown on NBC.
American speed skater hank Davis seems to be getting the spotlight these days, especially since world famous snowboarder Shaun White hit a big low. After winning the gold in snowboarding in both Torino and Vancouver, he didn't rank high enough to even win a bronze. Though he didn't become the first Olympian to win three gold in the same event at three different Olympics, I feel it will be accomplished someday.
After several days of the same events I finally got to see a little bit of the sport, skeleton. It also looks like some good news in comparison to last night as Kaitlyn Farrington and Kelly Clark of the US took home the gold and bronze medals in women's halfpipe. Also there was a little history to be made as two women tied for gold in downhill skiing.
On the Valentine's day it looks like the USA started racking up more medals in the various skiing events and appear to be well on their way to doing a repeat performance like they did back in Vancouver. Also got to watch some more action in the event of skeleton.
The sport of skeleton got to be even more interesting as American Noelle Pius Pace won a silver medal, especially since she was short of winning the bronze in Vancouver. There was also another medal winner in the spotlight a Japan's Yuzuru Hankyu won gold despite falling down twice. Got to watch cross country events despite it being more skiing.
Finally got to watch some more of my other favorite winter event in the field of hockey. Just like in Vancouver it was USA against Canada and went into overtime, but unlike Vancouver the US scored the winning goal, now lets' hope they can continue to hopefully win a gold medal this year. Also got to watch some action in the field of man's bobsledding.
Got to watch some more of the usual snowboarding, skiing and figure skating. However it seemed skating couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White actually won gold after preparing for it for so long. And it hockey it looks like the women's hockey is ready to do a repeat of 2010 in going against Canada for the gold.
There's a lot of buzz around the Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya who's like a super star in the making. Also it looks like the United States is tied with the Netherlands as most medals overall. The U.S.A. also seems to be leading the list in the most bronze medals overall. The stories of female athletes at the Olympics also seems to be on the grow.
There's a lot of focus on the game of hockey. The Russian team lost to inland, ruining their chances of receiving a medal on home soil. The USA women's hockey team will go against Canada in the semifinals. There's also stories about Lauren Williams coming up short on being the first female athlete to win a gold medal at the summer and winter Olympics.
There's a lot of focus on the women's hockey game as Canada soars over the USA to win the gold. It was like Vancouver 2010 all over again, but for the women. Mikael Shiffirin made history fir the US by winning its' first gold in women's slalom. Also a Ukrainian athlete left due to the violence currently happening in Ukraine.
Slalom star Mikael Schifrin wins the gold despite losing her balance. The game of bobsled is also a major focus as the US tries to win a gold medal after over 80 years. But the real down time was when Canada did another repeat of Vancouver as they defeated the men's hockey team to once again the gold. Gold medal favorite Yuan Kim from South Korea was also disappointed as she one the silver.
There's more disappointment for the USA in terms of men's hockey due to the fact that they won the bronze medal and Canada once again goes for a chance to win the gold again. There was more skiing in terms of cross-country and there was more bobsledding as well.