With the Olympics now over, and all the medals handed out, I am left reflecting on the event in Sochi as well as the Olympics that I remember from my lifetime.
For the summer Olympics, I remember bits and pieces. Ben Johnson won and then had his medal taken away. I worked at McDonald's during the Olympics in Atlanta, because I remember wearing the purple hat to work everyday. And I also recall Donovan Bailey being the fastest man alive. His picture crossing the finish line donned so many newspapers that year.
I'm not sure how much of those games my children remember, but I love their enthusiasm for this year's games in Sochi. My son is amazed by all of the aerial events, with skiers and snowboarders flying through the air and performing tricks, or trying to jump the farthest or fastest. Many Canadians focus on hockey, but curling is a big thing to watch in our household. My daughter was super excited to go curling for the first time this year, and it just happened to be on the day Jennifer Jones won gold for Canada. She also watched the Olympics at school.
But here in Canada, we cannot forget about hockey. With the women's hockey game against the US for gold, we were on the edge of our seat. I was home with my sister-in-law, my son, and another little girl. When Canada was down 2-0 with only five minutes to go in the third period, we were biting our nails. And then the women scored once, twice, to tie up the game. Thus, they went into overtime. When they finally scored the winning goal, I'm sure there was cheering all across Canada. Because, that was honestly, the best game of hockey I've ever seen. And with the men, we watched both the semi-final and the gold medal game with our hearts pounding. We Are Winter!!
Of course, I'm super proud of all of the Canadian Olympians, but also of those from other countries, too. Because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it to the Olympics. And I know there are many inspiring stories to write after these games, too.
But, of course with my love for aliens and space, my mind is thinking in terms of a Galactic Olympics. Hmm... After all, the Olympic torch has now been up in space.
So, what was your favorite memory from the Sochi Olympics or any other games you remember?
Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. If you're looking for something even steamier, check out her erotica titles w/a Paisley Brown.
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