Thank God everyone is home safe and sound from Sochi. Unfortunately, not as many
local Russians had a chance to see the Olympic events due to logistical issues and
security protocol. Delegation heads were certainly counseled to remain mute on
particular negative attributes of the events and proceedings. Snow challenges were
apparently handled expeditiously and there was never a mention of scheduling glitches.
The Netherlands encountered the most success with the fewest athletes. It’s
obvious that this nation along with Norway knew exactly how to focus
training around one sport (skating and cross country skiing) with most available
The dramatic undulating swings of the Canadian women’s hockey team win over
team U.S.A. had to rank as the most exciting Canadian moments of the games.
The larger ice surface fostered pure play making and the four on four action
in overtime tested athletes’ endurance.
The sentimental moments are always cherished because the side stories are what
underpins the spirit of competition, fair play, and sportsmanship.
The Russian X country skier seen struggling with a broken ski while being
assisted by a Canadian coach exemplifies the spirit of the games. To finish
last is oftentimes a worthy accomplishment in the context of hurdles
The facilities will hopefully survive period is disuse. Russia’s government
will be challenged to exercise creativity in utilizing facilities for non-
sporting as well as sporting occasions.
These thoughts are only a microcosm from an early morning couch potato watching
from afar but it’s easy to sense the palpable bonding amongst all those who
in some way shape or form etched their name to the games’ success.
The family support of athletes will live in the hearts of competitors forever.