It’s almost time to cross the ultimate finish line in Sochi, Russia. Sunday, Olympic atheletes will bid a heartfelt do svidaniya (goodbye for those non-Russian speakers, like myself) during the closing ceremonies. And it begs the question: have we accumulated enough unimpressed face memes, hot-bod athelete poses, breakout ice queens, favorites-to-win-become-disappointed-losses (pointing at you, two shauns—> Shaunie Davis and Shaun White) moments, ugly home country uniforms, Olympic village pranks, tearjerker background stories, and underdog wins gold moments to last us til 2018?
I believe so, but before we go into the leaps and bounds it literally took for these pros to make it this far, let’s dish on how a whole lotta brown-faced Olympians used to hot weather sports braved the elements and their lives to swap a relay baton for a bobsled. That’s right, folks. Talk about a 180° leap into the unknown. Adrian Adams, Maureen Ajoku, Aja Evans, Jazmine Fenlator, Lolo Jones, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams are athletes that pulled a Cool Runnings to go for gold.
Despite the risk of plunging down a ice-filled track in a two-seater sled going 60-90 mph bobbing sharp turns, it got Chi-town natives Aja Evans a bronze medal and Lauryn Williams a silver medal.
Impressive hardware to flaunt in the windy city and will be useful in motivating youngsters that will soon be picking up a Wheaties cereal box with Aja and Lauryn splashed on front.
And will no doubt be a lesson preached to high school athletes when Aja Evans makes her next appearance at Beyond Sports Foundation. Aja participated in a charity golf tournament last summer benefitting school and sports guidance for disadvantaged teens with dreams of landing a NCAA Scholarship to college.
Let’s hope for more comeback tales like this in another four years. For now, let’s extinguish the flame.