Column: Support the U.S.A in the Winter Olympics

By JD McKay

The coldest, fastest, and most exciting version of the Olympics are starting Thursday. South Korea will be hosting their first winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and I plan on supporting my country.

America dominates the the summer Olympics, but the winter Olympics are another story. We have stiff competition in several of the sports because of the high latitude countries. The main countries that compete with us are typically Scandinavian countries and Russia.

My favorite events are the speed races and big air jumps, like luge, snowboard cross, bobsled, ski jumping, and speed skating. However, my mom likes the slower less death-defying (unless the Iron Lotus is performed) figure skating.

The event I am most intrigued by is men’s ice hockey. The NHL has declined to let the players compete in the Olympics, which I think is dumb, but I get the reason. They run the league to make money, not to lose money. So if you recall, 1980 the Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, New York. The amateur American team took on the U.S.S.R team made up mainly of pro-players, which was illegal in the Olympics up until 1992. The amateur U.S.A. team upset the Soviets in the midst of the Cold War, a real life Rocky vs. Ivan Drago game, and possibly the greatest sports moment in American history.  Obviously, this is not the same. We aren’t two countries, battling it out with words, threats, and hatred towards our communist rivals. I am hoping for another miracle on ice, and our first gold medal since 1980. However, based on our past results, a good goal would be finishing in the top 3.

In 2014, we finished fourth in the overall medal count but had the second most medals. Hopefully this year we will avenge our loss and beat the Russians. I encourage you to support our support our country and be sure to tune in.

Do you believe in miracles?

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