10. Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies of Sochi 2014 were considered to be uneventful by many, especially when compared to the most recent Olympic games: Summer 2012 in London. What most Americans will remember about this year’s opening ceremonies are likely the “ugly sweater” outfits worn by US Olympians and a viral video of Russian police performing Daft Punk’s summer 2013 hit “Get Lucky.”
9. Ashley Wagner’s meme
Move over, Mikayla Maroney. You’ve got some meme competition.
Ashley Wagner came into the Olympics as the skater every American wanted to cheer for. Despite a devastating fall at Nationals, Wagner was still selected for the US Olympic team. Wagner performed a well-executed routine, but did not agree with the score she was given and a camera caught her making faces of disbelief and mouthing “bullsh***” to her US teammates. Naturally, the Internet exploded and the world was graced with a meme that rivals Maroney’s “Not Impressed” from the 2012 summer games in London.
8. Shaun White
White shocked the world not once, not twice, but three times. The “Flying Tomato” came into the games no longer sporting his signature long locks and withdrew from the slopestyle event, stating that the course was too dangerous. The American snowboarder also failed to medal in his strongest event, finishing fourth in halfpipe.
7. Bob Costas’ eye
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas had anchored 157 primetime Olympic telecasts coming into Sochi 2014. While in Sochi, Costas developed a mysterious eye infection. He had to wear glasses on air and visibly struggled to see. On Feb. 11, five days after NBC started primetime coverage, the infection became too severe for Costas to effectively carry out his responsibilities and NBC transferred broadcasting duties to Today Show anchor Matt Lauer. Meredith Viera also covered for Costas, becoming the first solo female anchor to host primetime Olympics coverage. Costas hopes to return in the second half of the games.
6. Jamaican Bobsled team
A bobsled team from the Caribbean qualifying for the Winter Games for the first time since 2002. Need we say more?
5 (tie). Falls: Shiva Keshavan, luge & Jeremy Abbot, figure skating
Keshavan: Five-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan had a scary fall off of his sled during a luge training run but managed to gain control and finish. Keshavan, who hails from India but is performing under the Olympic flag due to India’s IOC sanctioned suspension, came into Sochi internet-famous from his videos of intense training on a Himalyan highway.
Abbott: American figure skater Jeremy Abbott crashed into a wall following a spin during his routine in men’s short program team figure skating. Abbott, a member of the Detroit Skating Club who trains in West Bloomfield, Mich., managed to push through and finish his routine with a score of 72.58
4. US Men Sweep Slopestyle and ask for a date
American skiers Josh Christenson, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the event. And in the spirit of the holiday, Goepper is holding an online contest to go on a date with him using the hashtag #iwanttodatenick
3. TJ Oshie shootout Goal vs. Russia
The St. Louis Blues center scored the winning goal for Team USA after going head-to-head with Russian captain and Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk for the majority of eight shootout rounds to lead America to a 3-2 victory over the host country.
2. Julia Lipnitskaia, 15-year-old Russian figure skater
It may be too early to call, but chances are high that Lipnitskaia becomes the breakout athlete of Sochi 2014. Her performance in team figure skating earned Russia the gold and ever since then she has since taken the world by storm with her unbelievable twists and spins.
Tap water the color of beer, doors that won’t unlock and a climate better suited for spring break than the Olympics are just many problems that sports journalists and athletes alike have experienced during their stay in Sochi. The hashtag “Sochi Problems” has taken the Twitter world by storm with many wondering what makes the Russian vacation city a viable location for the Olympic Games.