This year’s winter Olympics were truly spectacular, weren’t they? From the beautiful light displays that included illuminous dancing pandas and drones that formed the loveable mascot to the record-breaking wins by athletes whose mothers should be very proud, nothing was to be missed. Here, at Sports Equipment North West we watched with enjoyment, horror and utter confusion at the events that unfolded, and we’re certainly looking forward to next year. These are 5 of our favourite moments from Pyeongchang:
- The Rejects Taking Gold.
- Skate Success.
- Powerful Play.
- Seeing Double.
- Brilliant Britain.
A true underdog story, with the U.S. men’s curling team, previously branded ‘’Team Reject’’ winning gold and beating the best, Sweden by 10 – 7. The match was fascinating, a tie in the 3rd end, Sweden leading by the 5th, but ultimately the U.S. taking gold. The double takeout by John Shuster in the 8th end secured it.
As athlete Tyler George stated, ‘‘This is a team that never gives up.’’
Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot made history with the highest ever score in figure skating with 159.31 (a total of 235.90). A ‘perfect’ triple twist, lifts that held Savchenko up by just one hand and beautiful choreography aided their win, as well as her determination to finally win a gold (she’d tried 4 times before).
As Tara Lipinski, NBC Olympics Analyst exclaimed, ‘’That was fearless.’’
Women were rocking it for America too, with the U.S. hockey team beating Canada in a close shootout, finishing the game 3-2 with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s ‘Oops, I did it again’ shot, and subsequently ending Canada’s winning streak.
As athlete Kendall Coyne proudly said, ‘’This was a tremendous win, and the future generations are really going to soar from it as well.”
Sometimes one gold medal just isn’t enough. We all cheered when Ester Ledecka became the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports: snowboarding’s
parallel giant slalom and the skiing Super G.
She couldn’t believe her feat herself, ‘’It’s probably some kind of mistake, they are going to change it in a few seconds!” Well done Ester. Try for 3 next time.
We may have only won 5 medals, but this is the Kingdom’s personal best. Congratulations Lizzy Yarnold (Gold – Skeleton), Billy Morgan (Bronze – Snowboarding), Izzy Atkin (Bronze – Ski Slopestyle), Dom Parsons and Laura Deas (Bronze – Skeleton).
“To leave Pyeongchang with five medals – our best ever Games in that respect – and a host of fourth-place finishes and top 10s across the sports shows that winter sport in the United Kingdom is going in the right direction…” claimed Mike Hay, Team GB’s Chef de Mission.
Well done to all competitors. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.