Getting Inspiration From The Olympics
Dave Johnson | On 05, Feb 2014
As the Winter Olympics comes upon us, it offers up such inspiring tales. There are so many interesting stories to tell. Plus there’s also the opportunity to discover a new sport to enjoy and motivate us to get out and give them a try perhaps.
What hope of the Great Britain squad reaching their team target of at least three medals? There are four world champions currently striving for medal glory in Sochi. From skeleton ace Shelley Rudman to short track speed skater Elise Christie and freestyle skier James Woods as well as curler Eve Muirhead all competing to convert World to Olympic glory.
These are all top class athletes, working towards the ultimate sporting glory of an Olympic medal. But there are other slightly more unconventional athletes competing at the moment. Take Vanessa Mae, the world famous violinist-not your average Winter Olympic athlete surely? But she’s in Sochi, competing for Thailand as a skier. She will compete as Vanessa Vanakom and will be only the second athlete to compete for Thailand in the Winter Olympics. That’s definitely a trivia fact worth remembering!
And talking of other unlikely successes, the Jamaican bobsleigh team will be ending their 12 year absence from the Winter Games as they compete in the two-man bob. Driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon are aiming to emulate their famous forebears of ‘Cool Runnings’ fame and have more than just their pride at stake-there’s personal investment from Watts involved too and not a small sum either by all accounts. They kick off their campaign on Sunday 16 February in the afternoon in case you’re interested.
The Winter Olympics usually serves up some inspiring and interesting stories and these two are no exception, but there’s another piece of trivia that might be useful to store away for future pub quizzes! Canada has three sisters skiing in the women’s moguls. Maxine, Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe become the fifth set of three siblings or more to compete in the Winter Olympics.
So there you have it, at Sochi you’re likely to see some great sporting action, hopefully a smattering of British Olympic medals and the odd unusual fact or two. What would be your Winter Olympic sport of choice though-would you be a skier, a snow boarder or skater?