Cory Van Gilst—Staff Writer
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games have finally come to a close. It was a thrilling 17 days full of cross-country skiing, bobsledding and curling in PyeongChang. Personally, I do not know how I will be able to tide myself over until the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. I guess I will have to entertain myself with the countless alternative sporting events that are far more exciting.
Yes, believe it or not, the Super Bowl, March Madness and the FIFA World Cup are all more exhilarating than watching people compete in ice dancing. Every four years, I find myself underwhelmed by the Winter Olympics. Perhaps this is because of the lack of nations participating due to the fact that not all of them are covered in ice. It could also be that the events are harder to engage with. Or maybe this year it was a result of the poor showing the U.S. put on for the first half. Needless to say, I did not find myself waking up every morning excited to tune in to NBC.
That being said, I still do not feel everything about the Games failed to excite. I can tell you it felt really good watching the U.S. beat Canada to win gold in women’s hockey. Witnessing Lindsey Vonn’s final run down an Olympic course was also very moving. And who can forget the United States curling team that came out of nowhere to claim their first-ever gold! As an American and a sports fanatic, I loved these moments of the Games.
So while I can’t say I thoroughly enjoy the Winter Olympics in all their icy splendor, I can’t say I hate them either. Perhaps I will take on a perspective of gratefulness toward the past two weeks. Even though I may not care about half the events, others obviously do and will continue to do so for the next four years before the next big hoopla. Besides, the Games served as a nice holdover from the end of the football season until March Madness can tip off in a few days. So thanks, Winter Olympics, I guess.