Ready or Not Sochi Winter Olympics Have Begun
Starting with an amazing and expensive opening ceremony Friday evening. Incredible effects, best ever lights and some of the world’s best dancers, Russians showed off. Displaying their history (at least the part of history they chose to reinterpret). They had the world’s attention and they left many of us with a great, big wow! Well done Sochi!
Interesting Facts of Sochi’s Day One
Gold for USA on Day One
Norway’ s Dominance – 2 Golds
Norway takes several medals today, including the Gold in 10km sprint Biathlon that make Ole Einar Bjoerndalen the oldest man to win a gold medal, making this his 12th Olympic medal, 7 of which are gold and 5 silvers. And Skiatlon makes it debut for the first time in Olympic Games and another Norwegian, Marit Bjoergen made a fabulous close after 15km of impressive competition.
Netherlands’ Speed Skaters take them all
Each year, canals freeze over in Netherlands and everybody who is serious about Speed Skating travels to Amsterdam to compete, making this the most popular winter sport for this specific country! And for the second time in history, today, in day one of the Olympics, Netherlands take it all: Sven Kramer Gold, Jan Blokhuijsen Silver and Jorrit Bergsma Bronze in Men’s 500 Speed Skating! The first time they did this was in 1998. And this year Kramer took home a new Olympic Record at 6:10.76
Canadian Moguls Sisters
In Women’s Moguls, defending champion Hannah Kearney from US was only able to get Bronze, because the Canadian sisters Justine and Cloe DuFour-Lapointe won Gold and Silver! A third sister, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe was also competing and she finished 12th.
Other sisters had been able to win gold in previous Olympics: Neuner sisters in 1992 and the Goitschel sisters in 1964.
Russian Figure Skating surprises
Russian’s teenager Yulia Lipnitskaya, who’s not even 15 years old yet, gives Russian’s Figure Skating Team a great chance to win Gold, with a fabulous performance in the Women’s Team short program. We’ll be looking forward to her Individual Performance as she was one of the biggest surprises of the event. Yulia needed a special permission to compete in Sochi, because she was just 26 days younger than the legal age to participate.
Day 2 Events: Feb. 9 at Sochi
Alpine Skiing Men’s downhill
Figure Skating Men’s Team free program,
Figure Skating Women’s Team free program,
Figure Skating Ice Dance Team free dance
Snowboard Women’s Slopestyle
Speed Skating Women’s 3000
Following The Winter Olympics @GasLampDenver
We are tuned into the Winter Games at Gaslamp Denver, a different kind of bar. So if you’re looking for a classy, elegant place to lounge in a very stylish drinking establishment, we are the place to go. Come see us at 1437 Market St. in Denver! We’ll be watching our amazing U.S. Winter Olympic team bring home more gold and silver and bronze!