The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are over after two weeks of adrenaline pumping, awe striking excitement. Many viewers may be sad that their daily dose of Olympic thrill has ended. But there are many happy Americans that came home donning shades of bronze, silver and gold!
The United States finished the 2014 Olympic Games with 28 medals – 9 gold, 7 silver and 12 bronze. The Russians finished on top in their homeland with 33 medals including 13 gold. Figure skating team members Meryl Davis and Charlie White came home with both a bronze medal for the team figure skating competition and a gold medal for ice dancing. And Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine ski racer, rose to the top as the youngest gold medalist in women’s slalom history.
Texans celebrated Jordan Malone from Denton as he won a silver medal in the 5000-meter relay! Four Texans competed in the Winter Olympics this year – Jonathan Garcia from Houston (long track 1000 meter speed skating), Jordan Malone from Denton (short track skater), Justin Olsen from San Antonio (2-man and 4-man bobsled), and Johnny Quinn from McKinney (2-man and 4-man bobsled). With 230 members on Team USA this year, it will be great to see some more Texans rise to the top to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. PyeongChang’s city motto is “New Horizons” and we can’t wait to see which Texans (and Americans) spread their wings and reach new horizons in 2018. Until then . . . keep on training!