Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 329: Party's Over: Olympics End Tonight.

I'm not going to lie, I'm actually glad the Olympics are ending tonight. I don't know how much more of the excitement... the disappointment... and the emotion... I could handle. Plus, it's really starting to commandeer my life and I'm sort of missing my regular scheduled programming. I've spent more time with my ass parked on the couch than any one human should over the past two weeks.

This is usually what happens to me. I start out all hot and heavy with my commitment to the games but once the end of the second week starts to approach, I find myself losing interest in some of the events. When the USA Men's hockey team was knocked out of medal contention, I stopped watching. I know... I should be rooting on some of the Bruins on other teams but I just couldn't bring myself to devote the time. And honestly, I have no plans to watch the Closing Ceremony.

Team USA, in the end, finished second to the host country in the medal count with 28—nine gold, seven silver and twelve bronze. Congratulations to all the competitors and in case you missed it, here's a list of the American gold medal winners.

  • Joss Christensen, Freestyle Skiing, Men's Ski Slopestyle
  • David Wise, Freestyle Skiing, Men's Ski Halfpipe
  • Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing, Ladies' Ski Halfpipe
  • Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboard, Men's Slopestyle
  • Jamie Anderson, Snowboard, Ladies' Slopestyle
  • Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard, Ladies' Halfpipe
  • Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing, Men's Giant Slalom
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing, Ladies' Slalom
  • Charlie White, Meryl Davis, Figure Skating, Ice Dancing

I do have to give applause to our neighbors to the north though. The Canadians finished with 25 medals, 10 of those gold. They swept the Curling with both men and women winning gold—the women's team was actually impressively undefeated throughout the entire tournament. Team Canada also took gold in both men's and women's Ice Hockey. I'm still a little bitter about that as it was Team USA who fell victim in both cases.

See you in four years for yet another time zone nightmare in South Korea.

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