For the past two weeks, an awful lot of my attention has been given to the Winter Olympics, which is odd considering I’ve paid very little attention to it before. I hardly remember acknowledging it even in 2010 – but then, Great Britain did only win one medal.
However, my interest in the Olympics had been piqued by London 2012, so I wanted to follow Sochi 2014 as well, despite supporting a country who would consider three medals a good haul!
- Started off having a good laugh when the fifth Olympic ring failed to open in the opening ceremony. Loved how the closing ceremony made fun of it, though.
- Spent the Sunday morning watching the snowboarding slopestyle and was pleasantly surprised when Jenny Jones won a bronze medal on just the second day! Apparently some people complained to the BBC about Aimee Fuller and co’s supposedly unprofessional commentary; I personally enjoyed it.
- I barely even knew what curling was before the Olympics started, but like many other Brits, I really got into it once I actually saw it. During the week, I could only watch it on a computer without sound during my lunch break, so I didn’t realise until the weekend how much shouting is involved! Unfortunately I can’t try it myself as the nearest curling centre is in Flintshire. And apparently they’re pretty well booked right now anyway!
- Sadly I wasn’t able to watch Lizzy Yarnold’s fourth run in the skeleton that got her the gold medal, but congratulations, Lizzy! Let’s make it three-in-a-row for the skeleton in 2018!
- Poor Elise Christie – how unlucky can one athlete be? Short track speed skating looks like such a precarious sport where so many things can go wrong – heck, twelve years ago Stephen Bradbury won a gold medal just because everyone else crashed on the final turn – but for things to go wrong in three separate events must be crushing, particularly when you’re considered a medal favourite. Here’s hoping Elise is still in shape for 2018, to really show her potential.
- It’s a shame that the last few days weren’t as good as they could have been for Team GB: first the men didn’t bring their a-game to the curling final and got absolutely slaughtered by Canada, then Elise Christie went out again, then the bobsledders narrowly missed out on a medal. Still, a fantastic job to win four medals, surpassing our target of three and equalling our all-time Winter Olympic record! Also thanks a lot to the BBC for providing such excellent coverage!
Favourite moment: Got to be that final stone by Dave Murdoch in the men’s curling tie-breaker against Norway. I cheered very loudly for that one!
Favourite sport: Curling, naturally, but I also liked watching the downhill skiing, and the slopestyle.
So, wondering what I’m going to do now that the Olympics are over (besides, you know, useful things). I suppose there’s the Paralympics to look forward to. Two words: wheelchair curling!