The Pendleton Panther

Archive for the ‘2010 Winter Olympics’ Category

Being an athlete you fell the plain and the struggles that some of these Olympic Athletes are facing. Watching the women ice skating last night, I heard of a Canadian skater who lost her mother two days before she performed for gold. That would be so hard, to finally reach your dream and your mother only able to see a small bit of it. I also heard of another skater. His sister, Jane., died right before he was to complete in the speed skate. He promised his sister that he win her gold. As he rounded the first turn he wiped out twice. Finally a couple winter games later, he wins gold and takes a victory lap with his daughter Jane. It is very ironic, but I wish the Canadian ice skater the best. These athletes are incredible in their sport but when it comes down to it there are real people.


Amy Williams during one of her 4 runs.

Last Friday, Team GB won their 1st gold medal of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  It has been a 30 year drought since England won their last gold in the Winter Olympics.  Amy Williams is the star athlete that took the gold last week.  Her lead began straight after the 1st run and did not cease throughout the whole tournament.  Her first run was 53.83 seconds, which actually became the track record.  She then kept her advantage throughout the rest of the runs, never loosing her spot on top.  Amy Williams is 27 years old and from Bath, England.  She won the silver medal in the World Championships but was never really looked upon as a favorite in the Olympics.  She proved to many people in England and around the world that she was more than a favorite, she was a champion!  She took number 1 spot on the podium along with two other Germans in 2nd and 3rd.  It was a very successful Olympics for Team GB women’s skeleton.

Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno, age 27, placed his name in the history books forever after his final Olympic race in Vancouver.  On Saturday Apolo Ohno reached his goal and won his seventh career medal.  He is now the most decorated Winter Olympian in American History after receiving a silver and a bronze this year.  The first race was controversal but he still brought home the silver.  On Saturday Ohno raced in the 1000 meter race and placed third, receiving the bronze medal.  Apolo’s 2010 performance will be in the record books forever.  During the last race (the 1000 meter), there were several instances where things didn’t look too good for Ohno.  He fell to fifth place at one point and then eventually was in last during the race.  Apolo did what he does best and snuck back in to the top three to get to the podium in the final lap.  Ohno has passed the previous most decorated Winter Olympian in American History, Bonnie Blaire.  There is still two opportunities for Ohno to increase his record.  If he places in the 5000 or 500 meter race he can make it harder for anyone else to beat his record.

Ohno, far right in the midst of the close 1000m finale.

Last night, Apolo Anton Ohno, a short track speed skater for Team USA, set a United States Winter Olympic Record by taking the bronze medal in the Men’s 1000 meter final. This medal marks his 7th Olympic Medal so far in the 3 Olympic Games he has competed in. He surpassed US skater Bonnie Blair’s 6 medal record. The 1000 meter finals race was exhilarating. There were 5 people in the finals race. It was a race between Ohno, 2 racers from South Korea and 2 brothers from Canada. For the majority of the race, Ohno was in second place. With about 2 and a half laps to go, he had a small slip up that caused him to lose all the momentum and speed he had built up. He used his experience and strength to stay on his skates and pushed hard until the end. He fell to last place but with one lap left he fought back with all his might and nabbed the third place bronze medal. He has two more races to look forward to in the Games and said his form of celebration was the fact that he is there soaking in the environment and giving everything he’s got.

On a sidenote, Ohno wears a gold tipped black glove on his left hand for smoothing out his path on turns. On his right hand, he wears the same Footjoy golf glove that many golfers here at the academy use.