The wait is almost over! It has been four years since viewers have been able to watch the world’s greatest athletes compete against each other to bring home the gold medal to their country. This year’s Winter Olympics begins on Saturday, February 8, 2014 with; cross-country, biathlon, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating. That is not all the events that the winter Olympics has to offer though! We as viewers get two full weeks of watching our favorite athletes from all over the world compete and make our country proud!
The Olympics was originally created to honor the Gods. Fast forwarding to this day in age, the Olympics is a way in which countries can compete without having wars. The Olympics is designed to encourage international community and cooperation. It gives talented athletes a chance to compete against the best in the world. It represents unity and friendship. Not to mention, it gives the hard-working, dedicated athletes a chance to bring pride and glory back to their home country.
Ever since 1896 when the United States sent Thomas Burke to represent our country and ended up taking first place in both the 100 meter and the 400 meter, we have sure been a nation to watch. Our country has sent some real talented athletes to the Olympics that have made us proud. In 2006, Shani Davis became the first black athlete, from any nation, to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympic winter games. To top that off, in 2010, Davis became the first man to successfully defend the 1000 meter gold medal. As far as the winter Olympics go, the United States has the second most overall medals, closely trailing Norway. In fact, the United States is the only country to have won at least one gold medal at every winter Olympic, winning 253 medals over the years. The most decorated Olympian of any nation being, Michael Phelps, who has racked up 22 Olympic medals, 18 of those being gold medals.
On a more serious note, this year’s winter Olympics have caused a great deal of concern for many countries nationwide. That concern being the safety of the athletes and all the tourists that travel to attend the Olympics. It is no secret that the world is at war, but should the threats of terrorist groups prevent Americans from participating in the Olympics? Some United States lawmakers and national security analyst have come out and openly said that the Olympics are “not safe”. The United States military has been working closely with Russia, or at least as much as Russia will allow. In the event that something were to happen, Moscow would have to ask for assistance before the United States could intervene, unless it is a major terrorist attack and we need to get Americans out. These athletes have trained their entire lives to be able to compete in the Olympics and now they have the added stress of their safety being at risk.
Here at Sharn Enterprises, we say remember why the Olympics was put together in the first place, as a nonviolent way for countries to compete for pride and honor. Sharn Enterprises would like to wish all the United States athletes good luck and hopes for a safe return home with more gold medals to add to our collection.
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