2018 Winter Olympics


The Winter Olympics have come, astounded us with their athletic skill and beauty, and gone. But a new star was born. We must learn the name. Here are a baker’s dozen of possibilities that should remain in our minds.

Shaun White won Gold for the 3rd time in his third appearance.

Chloe Kim, at age 17, won Gold in the half pipe.

Red Gerard, at age 17, won Gold in the half pipe.

Mikaela Shiffrin, at 22, won more medals than Lindsey Vonn.

USA women defeated Canada in hockey in a long OT. Their goalie was 20.

Alina Zagitova, at 15, defeated Evgenia Medvedeva, at 18, in ice skating.  Youth is being served in many places at this Olympics.

Martin Fourcade won Gold 3 more times. He is the best his sport has seen.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took Gold in Ice Dancing for the 3rd and 4th times.

Ester Ledecka won Gold in Skiing and Snowboarding. The first person to win Gold in 2 different sports in an Olympics.

Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the USA’s first Gold Medal EVER in cross-country skiing.

Mark McMorris of Canada won Bronze as a snowboarder 11 months after a crash that left him with 17 broken bones, a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen, and being placed in an induced coma. He didn’t need Gold to be a winner.

Marit Bjoergen, 37, of Norway. She won Gold in 30km cross-country skiing, her 5th medal in this Olympics, her 8th Gold all-time, her 15th medal of all-time. All accomplishments are records. A BBC writer called her “The Greatest Winter Olympian of all time.”

Piat Taufatofua: the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer in Winter and Summer games.

And the name to remember = NORWAY (see flag below), with a record 39 medals in the Winter Olympics (the old record was USA with 37):14 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze. The winner is not always U-S-A, U-S-A.


About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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