Winter Olympics 2014

I am, by no means, an expert in sport. I don't have an interest in it (although I used to do handball, but I quit because of music) and I don't know much about it, but I couldn't help but get interested into it during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and support our Slovenian team.

First, I should explain the scale of interest for our competitors; lots of café's, bars, restaurants have bought a huge plasma screen TV and hung it and kept it open 24/7 and people came in to sit down, have a drink and watch and root for our champions. There were live broadcasts of the Olympics on the big squares in the big cities where people came to watch them. In schools (including my own), we stopped the lessons and watched the Olympics whenever one of our own was competing (although one of our teachers wasn't really happy about it and she refused to let us watch it, so one of our classmates watched it on his phone with the sound on mute and he told us whenever something exciting happened in a secret code and we knew what was going on, but the teacher was confused as fuck). The people changed the names of the towns where these competitors come from (and they came up with some really fun terms). That's how intense it was. 

But today, it all ends. The two weeks of sitting on the edge of the seat, rooting and cheering for our competitors came to an end and in this blog post, I will tell you how our Slovenian Olympic team did.

First off, skiing (meaning downhill and giant slalom). Skiing is not a big thing in Slovenia, especially when it comes to females. The last time we had a good female skier, it was somewhere in the 1980's and since then, nothing much. We had competitors in it, but they didn't achieve much...until last year. Our very own Tina Maze, who you may or may not have heard of, won the first place in downhill skiing, which was the first gold medal for the Slovenian Winter Olympic team ever. With exactly the same time as Dominique Gisin, they both became the Olympic champions, which was nice and cool and yeah... Bloody great. Also, she won the gold in giant slalom. That woman literary has no boundaries and thanks to her, skiing is becoming a lot more popular between the youngsters.

Found on rtvslo.si
Up next, biathlon and cross-country skiing. Those two disciplines have always been something that Slovenians did and competed in, but we never quite god anything. We have two female competitors (Vesna Fabijan and Teja Gregorin) who've been competing for as long as I can remember and they never achieved anything... until February 11th. Two bronze medals in one day. The one that waits always gets something in the end.


Both images from rtvslo.si
Up next, snowboarding, especially parallel giant slalom and regular parallel slalom. Let me tell you, snowboarding is not a big thing in Slovenia. There's no way in hell that is a huge deal for us. Like, we have three or four competitors who are capable of getting a medal... or two. Our very own Žan Košir won two medals in total, one bronze in parallel GS and silver in parallel slalom and with 28 years of age, he was probably one of the oldest snowboarders competing.

Found on rtvslo.si

Last, but not least, ski jumping. That was always a big deal for us Slovenians, since we constantly had a competitor that "reached for the stars", so to speak. There was always someone to root for and he'd usually get the medal (why I say he? Until last year, we didn't have female ski-jumpers and it's not such a popular thing between girls, so I'm talking mostly about males). We got a bronze and a silver amongst the top of the top and we're pretty damn proud of it. So, thank you, Peter Prevc.
Also, one more thing concerning ski jumpers, is there an unwritten rule that they all have to secretly be Calvin Klein models? Just look at them... holy fuck. (doesn't apply for all of them, but you get it).

Found on rtvslo.si

According to some statistics, Slovenian's have got the most medals giving the number of citizens of the country. That's eight medals per a little less than two million people. We're pretty darn good. All in all, these were the most successful Olympics that we've ever had and we can only do one thing that remains... thank them. Thank you so much for two amazing weeks of February that just flew by.

I know that a lot of people encouraged us not to watch the Olympics to show the Russian government how we don't agree with their laws and all that and it's right that it's discussed and all, but think about it. We live in pretty dark times with the economical crisis, economies collapsing, governments falling, people loosing their jobs, but think about it for one minute. What did the games bring us when one of our own won a medal? Happiness, joy. For a moment, we forgot the state we are in and we were happy and that's what these competitions are about. Like our Tina Maze said: "I don't ski for myself, I ski to make other people happy," and that's what all of the Olympic team did. Even though I disagree with the Russian laws as much as the other person, I still watched the Olympics, because it made us happy and you can't deny us our happiness.

Anyway, how did your country do in the Olympics (if it actually attended them)? I am curious, since I know only how ours did and Croatian, which is also partially mine.
I shall see you soon!
xxx Katherine

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