The most exciting thing on television right now is the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. We consider ourselves an "Olympic family" because Lorne was intimately involved with both Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. So naturally, we watched the Opening Ceremonies Saturday morning at 8:00 am and have been glued to the tube ever since.
We are rooting for Canada, of course, and are thrilled that we already have one Gold and a Silver for sisters Justine and Choe Dufour-Lapointe in the Ladies Moguls, a Silver for our Figure Skating Team Event, and a Bronze for Slopestyle Snowboarding going to Mark McMorris, who performed with a broken rib! And we've only just begun. Our hockey teams (both men's and women's) won Gold medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics here in Vancouver and are poised to repeat those wins. Fingers crossed!
Chloe (left) won Silver, Justine (middle) won Gold, Hannah Kearney (USA) won Bronze
Mark McMorris celebrating his Bronze medal win!
Canada's Figure Skating Team
As I say, we are naturally rooting for Canada, but its so exciting to see each country rooting for its team. There are so many very talented athletes competing and we are excited to watch them all. This morning we watched the Men's 30K Skiathlon event and ended up cheering for the Swiss, Swedish and Norwegians win their medals. Switzerland's Dario Cologna overcame a broken ankle and worked extremely hard to simply be able to compete. He ended up in tears over his gold-medal win.
We have also watched the Men's Ski Jump (Normal) and were excited that the Polish athlete won the Gold medal. We lived with a lovely young Polish couple when we were in London and we keep in touch with them now that they have moved home to Poland. So we thought of them and their excitement for Kamil Stoch's gold-medal winning jump! Also, speaking of when we were in London, our congratulations go to Britain's Jenny Jones who won a Bronze medal in Ladies' Slopestyle Snowboarding.
For the next two weeks, we will be riding high with excitement as we watch the Sochi Winter Games. We will be thrilled for all the winners and wish them well in their efforts to represent their countries in a sportsmanlike manner.
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