Shaun White: too old to compete, but still classic


It looks like a new haircut doesn’t help win a gold medal. For Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, the Sochi 2014 Winter Games brought no “three-peat,” no medals and no anything for that matter.

Let’s face it, Shaun. You lost.

I’ll be honest that I don’t know much about snowboarding. But every four years I sit and cheer on the men and women that go up and down that halfpipe on their snowboards. I ooh and awe at their flips and tricks. It’s awesome to watch, even though I have no idea what is going on with technique.

However, I’m pretty sure that nearly breaking your snowboard in half and falling on your butt during a run isn’t a good thing. He’s a two-time Olympic gold medalist, 14-time X Games gold medalist, and the list goes on and on. But this year’s performance in Sochi was, in one word, disappointing. Coming off a two-time Olympic gold run in the men’s halfpipe in the last two Winter Games, everyone got a little cocky about Shaun’s upcoming performance.

In fact, the term “three-peat” was tossed around as a better achievement than a gold medal. And after the loss of a spot on the podium, it seemed that the fans and the media were more heartbroken than Shaun was. Obviously no one wants to lose, but it isn’t the end of the world, especially for such a champion.

It seems that in today’s media coverage of the Olympics, there’s a  hugefocus on whose winning, who has the most medals and who looks better in their spandex uniforms.  Just let the athletes be athletes. We don’t need all the commentary throughout the games.

It’s time to let gold medal athletes like Shaun White just do what they do best: their sport of choice. The Olympics are about the world coming together, and about forgetting the politics for two whole weeks. Let’s leave it like that.

So yes, Shaun White effectively “lost” in the eyes of the media. No, he didn’t win a medal in this year’s Winter Olympics. But hey, he has more Olympic medals and sports awards than I do, so I think he’s going to be ok.

Courtney is a senior journalism and business communications major from Centenniel, Colo.


Door-busting bobsledder new face of Olympic games


Michael Phelps. Kristi Yamaguchi. Usain Bolt. All are famous Olympic athletes. All are Olympic gold medalists. But what sets one athlete a part from another?

His or her ability to punch through a locked door, apparently.

Johnny Quinn, a USA bobsledder, tweeted on Feb. 8 that he punched his way out of a locked bathroom door in his Sochi hotel room, adding a photo for proof.

Quinn, alone in his hotel room at the time, left the bathroom door unlocked while he took a shower. When he tried to open the door, it would not budge. Somehow it  had mysteriously jammed on its own, which meant Quinn was locked in without anyone knowing. He pounded on the wall for help, but to no avail. Obviously, then, the most logical thing to do when you are locked in a bathroom naked without a towel is to put your Incredible Hulk-like muscles to the test and bust through the door.

This idea did not mean he would punch a hole in the door to merely reach through and jiggle the handle from the other side. No, this idea meant Quinn needed to punch a hole in the door big enough to fit his six-foot tall, 218-pound body through, and he succeeded.

“With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak,” Quinn tweeted.

How neat is that? We should take a crash course from Quinn on learning “bobsled push training” in case one day we find ourselves in a similar situation.

Muscles aside, Quinn possesses other great qualities: a handsome face, a beautiful fiancé, a love for reading and a past NFL career. He sounds like the perfect man (besides the fiancé part).

As usual, the Twitter-verse caught wind of Quinn’s door destruction. His tweet received 29.4 thousand “retweets” and 16.8 thousand “favorites.” Now tweeters are posting pictures of an object they practically demolished, tagging Quinn in the tweet and adding “#Quinning” at the end of their description.        Johnny Quinn’s ability to punch through a locked door, as well as his other great qualities, make him the best athlete at the 2014 Olympic Games.


Jill is a sophomore journalism major from Hurley, S.D.