As Valentine’s Day comes and goes, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally discovered my true love. We’ve only known each other for a week, but I’d say things are getting pretty serious. I find myself spending every spare minute I have with them, sacrificing precious sleep and homework time just to watch them. They’re all I talk about and I often find myself daydreaming about them. The Sochi Winter Olympics are my true love, and I don’t care who knows it.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place in Sochi, Russia, a popular summer vacation spot. While we’re surviving the snowpocalypse, the temperature in Sochi has reached up to 63 degrees! The balmy weather hasn’t stopped the Olympians from performing amazingly, though. I’ve been watching the Winter Games as much as I can this past week, and a few star athletes have caught my eye.
Yulia Lipnitskaya is a fifteen year-old figure skater representing Russia, qualifying for the Olympics by only a few days. She won the European Championships in January and helped Russia win gold in the Team Figure Skating competition. According to Katie Berdichevsky, ’15, Yulia is an “ice goddess” who will “dethrone” Vancouver gold medalist Kim Yuna this year. It’s Olympians like Yulia who make you question what you have done with your life. (Watch Yulia’s breathtaking performance HERE.)
Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) set a world record in the Men’s Figure Skating Short Program with a flawless performance and a score of 101.45. It was the first time anyone has broken 100 points. He’s only nineteen years old and won gold in the Japanese National Championships this past winter. If he wins gold after skating in the Men’s Freestyle later tonight, then he will be the first from Japan to win gold in men’s singles!
Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) won gold in Women’s Halfpipe (snowboarding) yesterday. She defeated two former Olympic gold medalists, Kelly Clark (USA) and Torah Bright (Australia), with her amazing performance that included very tough combinations. As an NBC reporter stated, her performance was “nonstop insanity!” Kaitlyn grew up in Idaho where her parents had to sell their cows to pay for her lessons and competitions. It payed off! (Click HERE to watch Kaitlyn’s gold medal winning performance.)
These are just a few of the amazing olympians competing in Sochi. To see the total medal count, click HERE. So if your wondering what to do on these extra days off from school, tune in to NBC and msnbc for 24-hour coverage of the games, who needs sleep anyways, especially when love is in the air?