On Some Special Olympic Gold Medals

November 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hey, you seem to enjoy the Olympics quite a bit. Let’s play a game.

I spy with my little eyes a gold medal with something inside shaped like this. No, it’s not a jagged banana. Embedded in the medal is a piece of the meteorite that landed in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in 2012. Gold medal winners will receive these special medals in events that finish up on February 15th, commemorating the anniversary of the meteorite landing.

Winners in esteemed sports such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, and speed skating will win these cool gold medals.

Which figure skaters, American or not have the best chance at winning these limited edition gold medals? Trick question.

  • The team event, where nations compete against each other in the traditional skating events ends on 2/9.
  • Pairs skaters finish on 2/12.
  • The individual men’s skaters finish up on Valentine’s Day.
  • Ice dancers finish up on 2/17, barring any judging scandals.
  • Finally, the individual ladies finish up on 2/20.

Figure skaters have no chance to get gold medals that sparkle like their outfits. In 95 days, rival skaters will settle some scores and shoot for the gold medals of the regular kind. Go Meryl Davis/Charlie White, Madison Chock/Evan Bates, Max Aaron, Evan Lysacek, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, and Alissa Czisny (!!). USA!



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