Category Archives: Olympics

February 21, 2014

Winter Sports Books & Movies

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Olympics, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationWinter sports book and movie recommendations!

Are you totally caught up in the excitement of the Winter Olympics? Winter sports are the greatest! But if throwing on a pair of skates and executing flawless flips and spins seems a little out of your range, we bring to you this list of winter sport books and movies (for those of us who are happy to spend our time indoors with a cup of hot cocoa instead). Continue reading

February 18, 2014

Sage Kotsenburg Answers Your Questions

Posted by at 2:56 pm in Olympics, Your Questions Answered | Permalink

Sage KotsenburgSlopestyle Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg Answers YOUR Questions

The day after he won the gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg offered to answer some of YOUR questions. So nice, right? You asked, and here are Sage’s responses!

Sage Kotsenburg snowboarding at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Photo credit: Chris Wellhausen

Elle asked: What is it like being in the Olympics?
Sage: Being in the Olympics is such an unreal experience. It was almost like a dream just being there. When I won, it was just . . .  I could not even comprehend what was going on. You feel like you’re in this fantasy world being there because it is just something you have watched on TV since you were a kid and then you show up there and you’re like, “WOW, I can’t believe we are actually here right now.” It was a really cool experience being there. Everyone was really nice and I met a lot of people from different countries.

CatBrain205 asked: How nerve-racking is it waiting for the awards to be announced? Who would you dedicate the medal to? Who do you appreciate the most for their support and enthusiasm?
Sage: Waiting for the award is almost the scariest part. It is just the biggest event of your life. Waiting up on the podium, it was like, my knees were just shaking; my legs were shaking. Mark McMorris, who got 3rd, looked at me and said, “My knees are shaking.” I was like, “ME, TOO! This is crazy!” And I would love to dedicate my medal to my mom and dad because I would not be where I am without all their support. So, just leave my gold medal at their house!

Sonja asked: Do you like swimming? I got 3rd place the first time I went to a swim meet.
Sage: I enjoy going to lakes and oceans. I do not swim too much in lap pools, but maybe you can be the next Michael Phelps and win a bunch of gold medals in the Olympics.

AmethystButterfly585 asked: The Olympics and everyone who competes in them inspire me so much. What inspired YOU to go for it?
Sage: I got inspired a lot from watching the 2002 Olympics. I was watching when I was in 3rd grade, so 8 or 9 years old. Watching Ross Powers, Danny Kass, and J.J. Thomas win there was eye-opening to me.

If Sage has inspired YOU to get involved in snowboarding, you can check out some incredible training programs offered by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Maybe we will see you in PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympics!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

February 10, 2014

Ask an Olympic Gold Medalist

Posted by at 4:45 pm in Olympics, Your Questions Answered | Permalink

Extra! Extra!Slopestyle Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg Answers YOUR Questions

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to my TV screen on Saturday night, watching the Sochi Olympic Slopestyle event where a 20-year-old American named Sage Kotsenburg won the gold medal. I can’t even imagine what was going on in his mind before his gold-winning run, how excited he was when he won, and what his life is like now that he’s an Olympic gold medalist. It must be so cool to be in the Olympics and win a medal!

Sage Kotsenburg at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Photo credit: Chris Wellhausen

If you have ever wanted to ask a question of a real-life Olympian, now is your chance because Sage Kotsenburg will be answering STACKers’ questions! If you have any questions about snowboarding, the Olympics, or that amazing gold medal, leave them in the Comments.

Click here for the answers. Maybe your question will get answered!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

 

February 10, 2014

Winter Olympics Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:35 am in Olympics, Who Would Win | Permalink

trivia_quiz1It’s Winter Olympics time! I’m so psyched!!!

While we are huge fans of competition between the top athletes in the world, we had to wonder: what would the Olympics look like if, instead of competing athletes, we had competing . . . animals? Great question! We want to know who YOU think would win . . .

  • in figure skating: a walrus or an elephant?
  • in snowboarding: an owl or a gopher?
  • in hockey: a team of geese or a team of turkeys?
  • in skiing: a wombat or a peacock?
  • in speed skating: a moose or a giraffe?
  • in a bobsled race: a team of sharks or a team of dolphins?

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Share your answers in the Comments below!

–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Image credit Hal Beral VWPics/SuperStock & Travel Pictures Ltd/SuperStock 

February 7, 2014

Freeskier Roz Groenewoud

Posted by at 1:32 am in Olympics | Permalink

Roz GroenewoudFreeskier Roz Groenewoud Interview

The 2014 Winter Olympics are on, and we are really stoked about one of this year’s sports: freeskiing (as you can probably tell from our interview with freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace). Today, we represent the ladies! We have an interview with 25-year-old female Canadian freeskier (and two-time X Games Gold Medalist) Roz Groenwoud. She talks about her training, balancing skiing and school, and the reason why she always wears red lipstick when she competes. (It’s not because it matches the logo of Target, her education sponsor). Check it out! Continue reading

January 10, 2014

Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace

Posted by at 1:26 am in Olympics | Permalink

torin130Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace Interview

The Winter Olympics are starting on February 6! We caught up with 18-year-old American freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace. Target is sponsoring him to continue his education. He talked to us about what it’s like to be such a young competitor, what he’s looking forward to at this year’s Games, and his most embarrassing freeskiing moment.  Continue reading

August 3, 2012

Writing Prompt: Olympics Closing Ceremony

London2012The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled “A Symphony of British Music.” While the details of the August 12th spectacle are still being kept super-secret, the organizers have said that they ”will work with some of the country’s most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry’s stars of tomorrow.” There are TONS of rumors flying around – One Direction? Jessie J? QUEEN?

Sounds AWESOME!

Personally, I would be excited to see the John Lennon tribute and Take That’s performance of “Rule the World,” my favorite song of all time (I really hope The Wanted make an appearance, too; I’m a huge fan)! Darcy Bussell, the famous British ballerina, will be dancing with 300 other members of the Royal Ballet in a grand performance while the Olympic torch is put out. I can’t wait for that, either!

So, I want to know. What rumors are you hoping are true? More importantly, what’s YOUR dream lineup? Would you have a laser light show, flying acrobats, holograms, colored mist, fireworks? Share your Closing Ceremony wishlist in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

Image courtesy London 2012

August 2, 2012

Paralympics Power!

Posted by at 9:53 am in Olympics, Summer | Permalink

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I’m sure by now you all know about the 2012 Olympics taking place in London this week. But do you know about the Paralympic Games? They will take place immediately following the close of the Olympic Games. “Para” is the Greek word meaning “beside,” used to emphasize how the two Games exist side-by-side. Paralympians are athletes with physical disabilities (such as vision impairment, limb deficiency, or intellectual impairment) that would otherwise prevent them from equally competing with other athletes. They compete in the same sport events (swimming, volleyball, rugby, archery, etc.) as other athletes, but in their own league.

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