Shane Burrell |Sports Editor|
The Sochi Winter Olympics comes to its final week, ending the events and preparing for the closing ceremony.
At the time of publication the United States are in the lead with a 23 medal count, followed by Russia and the Netherlands tied at 22.
These great achievements have been made possible with the unconditional support from fans and fellow USA team members.
Although team USA is in the lead with team medal count, there is one team member that would fall somewhat short in his expectations in earning the gold.
Shaun White planned to participate in the new Slope Style event, and the half-pipe, which he has won two gold medals for in past Olympics.
However, upon his arrival in Sochi, White decided to remove his name from the Slope Style event, which gave team USA no time to find a replacement competitor.
It was a decision that might have affected the capability of competitors for the Slope Style event.
White made this decision in order to pay more attention to the half pipe event.
The amount of concentration White devoted may have backfired though, as he finished the half-pipe event in fourth place and fell twice in the final event.
“By putting all of his chips on the half pipe, White had gambled big. He then had to up the stakes when everything came down to his final run. Unfortunately, this time around, the greatest half pipe specialist of all time simply saw his luck run out,” said Chris Smith of Forbes Magaizine.
Despite White’s luck running out, there was excitement and celebration with other USA team members.
USA and Canada team hockey will come back head-to-head, facing each other in the semi-finals.
These two teams have had it out for each other since the last Olympics in 2010.
“Both teams are undefeated in the tournament. But Canada’s offense has been lacklustre throughout the Sochi Games, and in some cases non-existent,” wrote Heather Loney of Global News.
“By contrast, the Americans have scored 20 goals in the tournament, averaging five a game,” Loney continued.
This past Thursday the USA women’s hockey went up against Canada in the final for gold.
The U.S had a two-gaol lead with three minutes left in the game however they could not hold the commanding lead.
The game went into overtime after Canada scored twice in the final minutes.
Canada scored in overtime to seal the victory and give the Canadians gold.
USA had to settle for silver in a bitter defeat.
“It’s okay. You don’t have to put on a proud face and be the big sister any more. You can cry. Cry all the tears you want because your teammates are doing exactly the same right now,” stated four-time Olympian Julie Chu.
Despite some of the let downs there is still hope that team USA will remain optimistic and come out of the games with the most medals.
As the games come to a close, we must not only remember that the Olympics are a way to have the world come together in harmony and compete for the pride of their country, but also to show that our competitive nature brings us together.