So, that time has once again come and gone: the Olympics. Personally, I am an Olympic mega-fan (my first Grrlpunch article was actually a piece about the summer Olympics in Rio two years ago). If you’re anything like me, you’ve been diligently watching the Pyeongchang Olympics every night, even if it means not doing homework and going to bed at two.
Sadly, however, this glorious two-week period is soon to cease. Yes: tomorrow, the 25th of February, the closing ceremony will be held and all the athletes will go home and I will drown in an ocean of sadness.
We must carry on, however. As Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” So let us smile. I shall now recount the best Olympic memories of this year two thousand and eighteen.
P.S. These will be mostly American-based, since I am American and that is what I have been watching and what has been airing. I’m really sorry if I missed something super cool from another country.
P.P.S. There will be no curling featured. I refuse.
Let’s be real, this was amazing. A seventeen-year-old boy watches Brooklyn Nine-Nine the night before his event, oversleeps, loses his jacket, falls twice, miraculously cinches a gold medal on his third run in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle, and then curses on live TV while his gigantic family chugs beers and also curses. America.
Watch his winning run here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0nJr_cpYWU
Men’s 30km Skiathlon
Honestly, I did not watch this race live. But I did see the recap and my mother debriefed me on the events. Essentially, this Norwegian dude fell right at the beginning in the men’s 30km skiathlon (he also took down two other dudes, so that sucks for them). But then he somehow won! By, like, a lot. Did he win because he’s just that good? Did his fall somehow motivate him? What is a skiathlon exactly? All valid questions.
Read more about the Norwegian dude here: https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/norways-krueger-overcomes-crash-win-gold-mens-30km-skiathlon
Wow, can you believe Chloe Kim is president now? Crazy, but I don’t make the rules. She is so cool and has a dog and is seventeen and freaking dominated the women’s halfpipe. In halfpipe, like slopestyle, everybody gets three runs and the highest score is counted. On her first run, Chloe Kim got a high enough score to win gold. Because she went last, this meant that on her final run, she already knew that she had the highest score and had already won, but still had another run. So, a classic Chloe Kim victory lap – she landed back-to-back 1080s and got the highest score of the competition. Also, she has the cutest dad and tweeted during the competition, so she is our ultimate leader.
She did that. Mirai Nagasu became the first female figure skater from America to successfully land a triple axel at the Olympics. Note about the triple axel: it is an insanely hard jump that requires three and a half rotations and has a landing of approximately 550 pounds of pressure. It is also the jump that made Tonya Harding famous, after she successfully landed it in competition (not the Olympics though). It’s especially cool since Mirai wasn’t accepted to the U.S. Olympic team at Sochi in 2014, so she proved her spot on the Pyeonchang team in the team event with the triple axel and shut down all the naysayers.
Learn more about a triple axel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rOQv_6L9fQ
Here’s a fun fact: Kikkan Randall just won a gold medal for America at the winter Olympics. She took one home Wednesday for women’s cross-country skiing.Also, she is the only mother on Team USA. Reading an article about how she trains and raises a baby, I am honestly amazed. This woman trained in the SEVENTH MONTH OF HER PREGNANCY and then resumed training TWO TO THREE WEEKS AFTER BIRTHING A CHILD. To “take a breather.” Okay Kikkan.
South Korea and Skeleton
I watched a TV spot on this guy after he won and it made me a lil teary. As could be expected, South Korea doesn’t have a huge skeleton culture. But Sungbin Yun cannot be stopped! Not only did he win South Korea’s first medal in any sliding event (luge, bobsled, skeleton, etc.), but he SWEPT it. Kind of like snowboarding, skeleton-ers get multiple runs; however, they have four runs, and then the times are added up and whoever has the lowest cumulative time wins. Sungbin Yun had the four fastest times of the entire competition! That’s insane! Plus, he won in front of a home crowd (because they’re in South Korea, duh), so that’s very nice and I love the Olympics.
Read about Sungbin’s victory and watch one of his runs here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/yun-sung-bin-delivers-gold-give-south-korea-its-first-skeleton-medal
Mexico and Skiing
This story is so typically Olympic-ey and I love it so much. So, basically, there’s this Mexican skier named German Madrazo (ironic name because he’s competing for Mexico, but anyway) who’s never skied before last year. This is his first Olympics. He competed in the men’s 15km cross-country ski race on Friday and finished dead last. Twenty-six minutes behind the winner, in fact. But he finished smiling and carrying an Olympic flag. AND his ski competitors from Colombia, Morocco, Tonga, and Portugal were waiting to cheer him on! AND all the spectators were going crazy! AND the Tongan skier who waited to congratulate him is the same dude who made waves in Rio for oiling his bare chest during the opening ceremony, back again to ski and oil his chest for the opening ceremony! I LOVE THE OLYMPICS!
Read about German Madrazo and see the tweetstorm he inspired here: http://time.com/5162759/olympic-skier-german-madrazo-dead-last-reaction/
So that’s all I shall share here. I know I definitely missed stuff: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir making us all feel feelings! The Shibutani siblings’ murdering me and then resurrecting me, all to a tasteful Coldplay soundtrack! Snowboard cross being amazing (seriously, I just discovered it this year, please look it up, it will change your life)! Ester Ledecka staging the upset of a lifetime! Adam Rippon being Adam Rippon!
But I cannot detail the entirety of Pyeongchang, 2018. So in conclusion: watch the Olympics! Apparently there is declining viewership. Do not let this happen! Tune in! At least watch the closing ceremony tomorrow!
And so, before I leave, I would just like to say: let us never forget this February and Pyeongchang 2018.