As much as I’ve been complaining about the Winter Olympics — i.e. “Where is Michael Phelps??,” “Didn’t we already do this snowboarding event?,” “Ice dancing is so boring!” — I’ll admit that I still managed to get all caught up in it. I found myself rooting for members of Team USA who I had no idea even existed prior to the games and I definitely looked forward to heading home after work and sitting around in yoga pants while super athletes worked their hardest to secure an Olympic medal. Now that it’s all over — I’m watching the closing ceremony as we speak — all that’s left to do is look back at the most memorable moments.
1. Bob Costas’s eye infection.
I have no idea what kind of infection that was that it seemed to never go away!
2. Jason Brown’s ponytail.
Or whatever term we’ve made up for ponytails on men. Bronytail is it? Either way, that thing was amazing. If you’re wondering what I was doing at work on Tuesday, it was reading about Jason’s hair routine. In other JB news, he gives the cutest interviews ever.
3. Shaun White falls flat.
I can tell you basically nothing about Shawn White’s snowboarding career, but I found myself really rooting for him during the halfpipe competition. I still think he got way more air than anyone else but I guess it just wasn’t his night. His hair still gets a gold medal from me.
4. USA beats Russia in men’s hockey.
I guess I kind of like hockey now? Anyways, this game was on at like 4 AM on a Saturday so there was no way I was watching live but even the replay (you know, after I already knew the outcome) was a nail biter!
5. Jeremy Abbott’s crash.
I felt true pain when he stumbled and slammed into the side of the ice skating rink. I think I was mostly sad for him because I knew how sad he was 😦 But once he stood up, the rest of his routine was flawless!
6. Olympic ring fail.
I mean I think we were all disappointed with the technical difficulty during the Opening Ceremony just because it would’ve looked so cool, but I won’t deny laughing at all the jokes about the guy who was in charge going missing. Russian stereotypes are alive and well! Also, gotta admire the Russian’s ability to poke fun at themselves in the closing ceremony.
7. Ski and Snowboard-Cross
I think part of the “summer olympics are better!” argument is that so many of the winter events feature one athlete at a time and it’s much harder to gauge if they’re doing better or worse than the athlete that went before them. For this reason, the ski and snowboard-cross events were so fun to watch. Also, it was just plain crazy how many crashes there were right before the finish line.
8. Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski
Before Sochi, I didn’t really care about these two people separately, but as a team? Magic! I just read an article saying their going to be critiquing Oscar fashion and I couldn’t be happier to see more Weir/Lipinski time!
9. Sage Kotsenburg wins gold.
First off, how cool are snowboarders? They all seem to have such great attitudes! I loved Sage’s reaction to his gold medal-winning performance and his ultra laid back interviews were so amusing.
10. And finally… this.
Because I’ve never laughed so hard.
So I guess the real star of the Winter Olympics for me was figure skating and people’s hair? Oh and sorry for not including any curling highlights. I just can’t do it. Who wants to go in on a hotel room in Rio and hope Phelps makes a special appearance for the relay? 🙂