The Winter Olympics have come and gone. Stray dogs have been adopted. Memes have been born. And Sochi bear has shed his last tears. But before we bid adieu to one of the most bizarre Olympics in history, let’s check in one more time to see how the six brave out Olympians fared.
Having been at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, I was vaguely aware of the buzz about Olympic Village romances. But frankly, as an athlete who competed from Day 2 to Day 14, it wasn’t exactly my story. Neither is it the topic of this piece, so my apologies in advance for those on the edge of their seats. However, I am talking about love; a love that manifests in every possible emotion and sensation, which accompany competition on the biggest stage in sports. When the bright lights and cameras are focused on the scope of your career, and the moment finally arrives, no words are sufficient to describe the feeling.
Fresh from serving on the official U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, two-time Olympic medalist and three-time World Champion women’s hockey player Caitlin Cahow is sharing her observations about the people, politics and stories surrounding the Games with NewNowNext.
It certainly has been an interesting two months.
On December 17, I was sitting at my desk, preparing for a final exam in constitutional law, when I got an email from the White House. Attached was a press release listing the Official White House Delegation to the Sochi Olympic Games, and I was on it. Though I had known for a few days that this was coming, there is really no way to prepare for the moment your president asks you to represent both him and our country.
The nerves that day, and the next as I sat my exam, were nothing compared with what was coming. Immediately after I left my exam I went to a television studio and went live with several media outlets. The question on everyone’s mind: How did it feel to be a part of the president’s message to Russia?
Hey, remember those Russian teenage girls from like a dozen years ago who kissed each other in the rain while wearing schoolgirl outfits and yammering on about “All The Things She Said?” You remember, they spelled their name with a seemingly random combination of letters and capitalizations? They were constantly holding hands and/or kissing each other, ring any bells? You know, t.A.T.u. They’re back and they’re playing in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games opening ceremonies Friday.
Russia is not the safest place for anyone LGBTQ-identified, but soon thousands of people of all kinds will be filing into Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games. While some are calling for a boycott, others are throwing their support behind U.S. appointed delegates like Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano as well as any other out athletes that will be competing for the Gold.
With the Olympics only a few weeks away, we thought we’d discuss where we stand on watching the high-stakes competitions, and if we ever watched them in the first place.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King made an appearance on The Colbert Report to discuss the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. President Obama, in a bold smack to the chiseled chest of Vladimir Putin, named her one of the United States’s Olympic Delegation—one of three of the delegation who are openly gay.
Who’s a better Billie? Kate McKinnon, or Billie herself?
Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly on their winning game against Canada.