And just like that – the Olympics are just about over for another year. The athletes are packing up their bags and taking their weary bodies (and adopted puppies) home.
It’ll be another two years before we see the Summer Olympics kick off in Rio, and another four years before the Winter Games have another run – this time in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Have you been watching? Have you become completely obsessed with figure skating or bobsledding or aerial skiing? Have you stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to watch our Aussies qualify for sports that you didn’t even know existed?
If you have – I’m proud of you, because I’ve been exactly the same. Skipping sleep to watch the snowboarding slopestyle (how do they all race so fast without running into each other?) and dreaming of being a gold medallist in the Giant Slalom.
It’s been an excellent Games, full of remarkable moments, and here’s a round-up of some of the best ones…
The Australian Medals
Considering we’re not much of a wintery nation, our Australian athletes have done some remarkable things in Sochi. We’ve walked away with three medals in total: two silvers and a bronze.
Those medals were won by…
Australian snowboarder Torah Bright won a silver medal while competing in the final of the women’s halfpipe. It was an incredible achievement for 27-year-old Bright, who also won a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Remarkable Australian skier Lydia Lassila managed to score a bronze medal in the women’s aerial final. What makes this medal even more remarkable was that she was the first-ever woman to attempt a quad jump during the competition – a maneuver with a difficulty degree of 4.425.
Although 32-year-old Lassila didn’t manage to land the jump cleanly, she still got rewarded significantly for giving it a go, and ended up with a final score of 72.12. This put her in the bronze medal position behind Alla Tsuper of Belarus won gold (who scored an almost-perfect 98.01) and China’s Mengtao Xu, who scored 83.50.
Happily, this is the second medal for Lassila, who also won a gold in Vancouver in 2010.
A truly incredible achievement from 29-year-old Australian David Morris, who managed to win Australia’s first Olympic medal in men’s aerial skiing. He is, in fact, Australia’s only male aerial skier – he’s spent the last eight years travelling with women who compete in aerials, convincing the Olympic Winter Institute of Sport to please give him a scholarship.
Morris, a former gymnast from Melbourne, was shocked to win the medal, which he did by landing a quad-twisting triple somersault – a jump he’d hardly ever done before. Unbelieavbly happy, he took advantage of the attention to call for a water ramp to be built in Australia to help aerial skiers train: “We don’t have one and now we have two Olympic medals – just saying.”