WHO'S excited for the OLYMPICS?? This girl, right here!!

posted by Shannon Steele -

First, here's the recap of what's to come from NBC.... 

It all started with the miracle on Ice! in 1980 the American Hockey team took out The Soviet Union in what arguably remains the greatest winter Olympic moment in US history!

I remember it like it was yesterday, but it was 1984, and Mary Lou Retton, performing on a badly injured knee that she had JUST had surgery on before the games.  She would go on to be the first American woman to win the Gold for the Olympic all-around.  She also somehow managed to score two silvers and a bronze, not to mention the heart of Every. Single. American.  I was HOOKED. My love for the Olympics started with the summer games, and quickly turned to a complete and total love of the games. 

4 years later Bonnie Blair would burst onto the scene of speed skating, and go on to become the most highly decorated American Winter Olympic athlete in history with six medals. She holds five gold medals, and one silver!

That same year, we had the story of Dan Jansen (which still brings tears to my eyes as I'm typing this)  Dan found out his sister had passed after a long battle with cancer just moments before he was to compete. He took the ice anyway, as was instructed by his sister before she passed, but he didn't last long.  He stumbled and went crashing into the wall and the whole country wept. Certainly one of the most heartbreaking moments in US Olympic history, or in all sports history for that matter.  But as is the American spirit, Jansen tried again in the next race, and fell again.  It was devastating to everyone watching.  He went home sans medals. He came back to the games in 1992 and was one of the most watched athletes that year, but again he left empty-handed.  Then came LIllehammer in 1994 where he bombed the race he was favored to win, but broke the world record in the race he had little hope of even winning!  He finally took home Gold and our entire country cheered!  THAT is Olympic Spirit.  That is America, that is what these games are about.  

Who can forget the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan saga? Not one of the brightest moments of team USA, but a part of our American Olympic story nonetheless.... 

Then we've got the great memories of recent games, Aplolo Ohno SMASHING it in 2002 and 2006?   Or when we finally met Shaun White in 2006 and the INCREDIBLE introduction of the "Tomahawk" in 2010?  I just cannot wait to see what he does this year in Pyeongchang!

There will be victories, there will be loss.  There will be blood, sweat, and tears.  Not all stories will end with a medal, but in the end we will compete, and our athletes will make us proud to be Americans, and it's a tradition that personally, I cannot get enough of!

So, CHEERS to TEAM USA, you've already made us proud, and I, for one, cannot wait to sit in my living room and cheer you on!! 

Now, it's time for me to go get in front of my TV! 

xox Shannon :) 



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