12 Inspiring Olympic Stories From 2018

12 Inspiring Olympic Stories From 2018

12 Amazing Stories From the PyeongChang Olympics
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So the Olympic has just ended and we've witnessed 102 events. There were upsets, there were disappointments, and there were some amazing achievements. Anyone who goes to the Olympics has an inspiring story, they've all worked hard and sacrificed so much to get to that level of competition. Here are some of those stories that stuck out to me.

U.S. Men's Curling Team

There was a time when the US Curling team was known as "Team Reject." But this Olympics changed all that when they won gold over Sweden.


Mirai Nagasu- United States- Figure Skating

Mirai Bagasu became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition and helped Team USA win bronze in the team skate.


Marit Bjoergen- Norway- Skiing

A successful skier from Norway? That's not that surprising I know but this skier from Norway won her 14th medal at the 2018 games and is now the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympic history.




Pita Taufatofua- Tonga- Cross-Country Skiing

Pita had seen snow for the first time a year ago. He took up cross-country skiing a year ago and he qualified to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics. Honestly, that's already incredibly impressive. But you might recognize Pita from the 2016 Rio games opening ceremony. He entered the PyongChang opening ceremony the same, shirtless, oiled, and all. He finished 114 out of 116 in his nearly 10-mile event he said he would "rather finish toward the end of the pack with all of my friends than somewhere in the middle by myself. We fought together, we finish together.” But don't say goodbye to him too soon. He plans on making an appearance in the 2020 Tokyo games; "Three Olympics, three different sports let's see if it can be done." I don't know about you, but I can't wait.


German Madrazo- Mexico- Cross-Country Skying

This is Madrazo's first ever Olympics. He finished dead last after the 15km race, but he didn't care. He grabbed a Mexican flag and crossed the finish line as he was cheered on by other skiers who had already finished. One of those skiers was Pita Taufatofua. They're besties and I love it.


U.S. Women's Hockey Team

The U.S. and Canadian's hockey teams have had a rivalry for quite a while and the US won in an overtime shootout. Team U.S. won gold and ended a 20-year drought.


Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell-Jamaican- Bobsled

The Jamaican bobsled team is a staple of the winter Olympics and really captures the true spirit of the Olympics. This year they sent a two-person bobsled to compete in the women's competition. Thier coach quite, taking the bobsled, and Red Stripe swooped in just in time and offered to buy the Jamaican team a new one. They did not get far into the competition, but they managed to compete at the highest level at the Olympic games and that alone is a huge accomplishment for anyone.


Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwemerem, and Akuoma Omeogo- Nigeria- Bobsled

This is the first ever team from any Africa nation to compete in a bobsled in Olympic history. They came to the Olympic games with the intention of representing Africa and showing that anybody can do anything from any climate or continent. They finished 20th out of 20 with a time of 52.21 seconds a personal best.


Simidele Adeagbo- Nigeria- Skeleton

The Nigerian bobsled team wasn't the only athletes from Nigeria competing in these games. In fact, that bobsled team actually inspired Adeagbo to find the sport of skeleton and compete in these Olympics. Adeagbo was the technically the first winter Olympics competitor from Nigeria in history because her event was scheduled before the bobsled event. Adeagbo was the first African woman to compete in Skeleton.


Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot- Germany- Pairs Skating

This figure skating pair earned a 159.31, the highest score for pairs skating ever awarded in Olympic history. Seeing Sacvhenko at these winter games was a surprise because she wasn't expected to compete as it was her fifth Olympic games. But fifth times a charm and she won gold.


Ester Ledecka- Czech Republic - Super G Skiiing

Ledecka is a world champion snowboarder and won gold in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding. That wasn't the surprise. The surprise was when she beat the favorite for the women's Super G by 0.01 seconds. She stood there in shock staring at the giant timer along with the rest of us.


Jessie Diggins- United States- Cross Country Skying

Diggins, along with her teammate Kikkan Randall, won gold in women's cross-country skiing, the first ever for America. It was particularly inspiring watching her last 100m dash to the finish line. Diggins was also the flag bearer for Team USA at the closing ceremonies.




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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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6 Best Feelings You Get When Playing Volleyball

While you're avoiding getting hit in the face, you just might gain something in return.

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Volleyball can be intimidating to get into, especially if you have had zero experience before. From the extremely bruised forearms to knee burns, it's understandable why people try to avoid this sport as much as possible sometimes. However, after the initial few weeks of struggle, the bruises will disappear, and the knee pains will feel much less terrible. In fact, after experiencing these six feelings, you will get hooked onto the sport.

1. When you get the perfect set

Every team needs a good setter, because without good sets, it is incredibly hard to get good hits. Every once in a while, when you do get that perfect set, you don't have to worry about repositioning closer or further away from the net or where to hit the ball. Instead, all you have to do is swing your arms and hear that satisfying bounce of the ball hitting the floor on the other side of the court.

2. When you dive for a ball and actually save it

Sacrifices to the knees are a must in volleyball, but a lot of times, they're sacrifices in vain. When a dive actually turns into a save, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Not just because your knees didn't just take another bruise in vain, but because your reflexes have actually improved and you just saved your team a lost point.

3. When you get your first ace

Whether it was your serve that was too fast or the other team that just made a mistake, there's just something extremely satisfying about being able to serve a ball that others cannot return. It may also be due to the fact that you wouldn't have to run back onto the court or spend extra energy on this point, but nevertheless, the pride you feel when you get that ace is priceless.

4. When you find a good team

Some people work better with certain people than others, and when people on your team somehow naturally know how high you liked your sets or covers the areas that you can't at certain moments, as a team you will play much better. This can be attained through training and practice, but when you meet those people who naturally work well with you, you know the game is going to be good.

5. When you get a good rally going

When the ball is going back and forth for five or six times with 3 hits on each side, you have a good rally going on. At the end of it, even if your team loses the point, you'll feel an intense satisfaction from all the adrenaline still coursing through your veins. It's not every day that you can get everyone on the team on their feet, passing, hitting and making great plays!

6. When your teammates become some of your closest friends

This is probably the best reward that you can ever get from playing any sport. Whether it's a group trek to the local donut shop or just walking home together, you could end up meeting some of your closest friends. Volleyball is a team sport, and that bond established through numerous games is something that is irreplaceable. You'll naturally gravitate those who you work well with and find out that honestly, you guys get along pretty well off the court too.

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