Memorable moments define Olympic Games in Sochi

Column by Annika Grassl

annikagrassl-w2000-h2000Now that the Olympics are over and I can finally get back to my normal life, I think it is important to reflect on some of the highlights of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

To start things off, I found myself wondering why they chose a subtropical resort town to hold the games when they had to build almost the entire infrastructure.

Luckily, there are plans to use these facilities for professional sporting events and other attractions like concerts and carnivals.

There was an exciting, new sport added to the games this year. Snowboard cross is unique in the way that two to six competitors go down a slalom course at the same time, and the first person to the bottom wins.

I loved seeing the beauty and emotion in Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s performance in the ice dancing competition, which resulted in them receiving the highest score in ice dancing ever and the United States’ first-ever gold in the event.

I love watching the skiing style of American Bode Miller, who won the bronze medal in the men’s Super-G.

In addition, Ted Ligety won gold in the men’s Giant Slalom after he skied beautifully. I was excited to witness the first American two-man bobsled medal in 62 years as Steve Holcomb drove the U.S. sled and won the bronze.

It was great to see Des Moines native Lolo Jones in the women’s bobsled competition.

I thought it was interesting that sisters Maxine, Chloe and Justine Dufour Lapointe competed against each other in women’s mogul skiing.

I always love watching women’s figure skating, and the 15-year-old Russian women’s figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya simply blew me away with the way she could spin so much without stopping.

I found it very humbling how Una Kim was so generous with her philanthropic efforts.

After the last Olympics, she donated all of her winnings to hurricane relief in Japan, even though she’s South Korean.

I admire the courage and determination moguls skier Heidi Kloser exhibited by walking on her crutches in the opening ceremony after injuring her right leg in a training run.

I think it showed how determined Americans are to show their best side and prove to the rest of the world that they are fighters who don’t give up, even when the odds are against them.

Grassl is a first-year law, politics and society and public relations double major and can be reached at

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