By Cameron Docherty
Even if you’re not big fan of sports, the Olympic games are a spectacle worth appreciating far beyond any level of fanaticism. Olympians deserve recognition for their almost super human feats of balance, athleticism, focus, strategy, and dedication. These games as always, were worth the watch.
The world’s most gifted athletes on ice and snow flocked to the coast of the Black Sea – to Sochi, Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games. From February 6 to February 23, 88 nations participated in a total of 98 events across 15 winter sport disciplines.
Here in the United States, the most popular and watch watched Winter Olympic sport was ice hockey. It was the American women who reached the gold medal game against Canada for the second winter olympics running. They looked to have reversed the result with just four minutes remaining holding a 2-0 lead. Two Canadian goals in the final four minutes floored USA, and Marie-Philip Poulie buried the game with her game winner in overtime for Canada.
The men’s ice hockey team, captained by former New Jersey Devil Zach Parise, fared even worse. The Canadians beat them in the semi final round 1-0. They then had an eventful lost capturing the bronze medal game in disgraceful fashion to Finland, 5-0.
The Canadians also swept another popular event, Curling. The Men’s team took gold, beating Great Britain in the final. Sweden took the bronze. Canada also won the women’s event, where Sweden would take silver and Great Britain receiving the bronze.
The bobsled event, popularized by the return of Team Jamaica, was won by Russia in both the two-man and four-man events.
The Dutch dominated speed skating, while the Germans dominated Luge, and a total of 26 nations earned at least one olympic medal.
Perhaps fittingly, Russia topped the final medal table in Sochi. They finished with 33 total medals, five more than the United States with 28. The Russians also won the most gold medals with 13. Norway and Canada were the only other nations to collect double digit gold medals.
Overall, the United States can be satisfied with their hefty medal haul. While they fell short in events like hockey and snowboarding, they showed improvement in other disciplines like Nordic and the Biathlon.
If you missed this edition of the Winter Olympics, you can catch them again in 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. If you don’t have that kind of patience, you can tune in to the next edition of the summer olympics, happening in 2016 in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.