Upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Posted on February 2, 2018

By Talar Anoushian

  Athletes from 90 nations will compete for medals at this year’s Winter Olympic games taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 9 to February 25.

            Training for the Olympics is an ongoing process for these athletes.  Determination, self-motivation, and loyalty are important components in preparing for the Olympic games.  Athletes participating in this international event share the same mindset and ambition.  Their dreams, desires, and opportunities are achieved through commitment and perseverance.  

Many olympic athletes also become role models for future young people.  Brittany Bowe and Bryan Fletcher, among others, have their own story to tell. Their memories are a reflection of their past used as motivation for their next performance.

Speed skater Brittany Bowe competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. While she didn’t receive any medals, she did win a bronze in the 1000m at the 2013 World Championships.  She prepared by competing for the World Cup in 2011, not to mention that she had been winning first place medals only after being on the ice for a year.  

Bowe also broke the 1000m world record just months before the Sochi Games. Throughout 2016, Bowe suffered from a concussion after colliding with a teammate during a training session; she did not participate during the rest of the 2016-17 season.

Bryan Fletcher is this year’s only nordic combined participant from the U.S. As stated by usskiandsnowboard.org, “he is a childhood cancer survivor” having been “diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three.”  Fletcher proceeded through chemotherapy, and survived a stroke.  

During this time, the doctor told him not to be too active and not to exceed any movement his body couldn’t handle.  

However, he ignored the doctor’s words and continued to ski and practice the sport everyday.  Throughout his career, he competed in Junior Worlds in 2003, ’05 and ’06, in addition to World Championships in ’07,’09,’11,’13, and ’15.  Now, Fletcher is viewed as one of the best combined skiers in the world.

This year, NBC will air the Olympics live across all time zones; the coverage will no longer be tape-delayed.

         I asked people what their favorite winter sport was and why; here are their responses.

 

Sport Name Reasoning
Alpine Skiing Arthur Gulak (‘19) “The sport takes a lot of strength and balance to go down the hill at speeds that fast. I’ve always wished I could do something like that.”
Ashley Guapo (‘21) “I ski a lot and I like to see people do it as well because I love the sport.”
Bobsledding Angelo Clarizio (Alumni ‘17) “As a kid I always liked “soap box racers” which is bobsledding. I thought it was the perfect combination of ingenuity, team effort, and skill combined.”
Cross Country Skiing Mourad Gabriel “The endurance abilities those folks have are amazing.”
Figure Skating Cory Fisher (‘19) “I love how technical it is, and how people so young can compete under such high pressure. It’s just a beautiful sport.”
Emily Torossian (’18) “I love dance and in a way, it can be similar since they’re ‘dancing on ice’.”
Serene Solakian (‘20) “It’s an extremely impressive sport.  I enjoy watching the various turns and spins performed by the skaters that can only be achieved through a lifetime of hard work and dedication.”
Sona Gevorkian “It’s beautiful to watch professionals dancing on ice.”
Taleen McDowell (‘20) “People think ice skating is as easy as roller skating but that’s not the case.  People train for hours and their hard work pays off.  Although many fall during their routine, the memorization it takes to be in time with the music is amazing!”
Ice Hockey Alek McDowell “It is the most fast paced and dangerous sport.”

             Log on to pyeongchang2018.com to find the winter games schedule and tune in to NBC to watch all the coverage.   Live-streaming coverage will also be available on NBCSports.com.

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