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Our Ski Shop in NH Commends the U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboarding Teams

Posted by Kevin on 2/27/2014 to General

As the 2014 Olympic Winter Games ended with a beautiful ceremony last Sunday, everyone at our ski shop in Manchester, NH was proud to know how well the U.S. ski and snowboarding teams performed. In earlier blogs, we’ve covered Hannah Kearney’s hopeful road to Sochi as well as the inspiring underdog story of Alex Deibold’s surprising bronze medal win, so to know that America’s finest skiing and snowboarding representatives did so well fills us with a warm glow amidst a cold winter.

In total medal counts, the U.S. came a close second to Russia. Unlike the Vancouver Olympics four years ago, when America severely dominated the Winter Olympic Games with 37 medals, this year we have to be content with an overall second place. Russia ended the games with 33 medals while the U.S. ended with 28. However, this second place finishing had a great deal to do with the amazing performances given by the U.S. ski and snowboarding teams.

In snowboarding, the U.S. did beat out Russia with 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medals for a total of 5 medals. Russia’s snowboarding team received 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal for a total of 4 medals. In this sense, a snowboarding victory for America is a legitimate win.

America’s Medals

And, out of the total amount of medals that America took home, a great deal of them came from the U.S. ski and snowboard teams. Trust us; everyone at our ski shop in NH has been paying an unprecedented amount of attention to these Olympic Games. In Alpine Skiing, the U.S. took home 5 medals. Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, Bode Miller, and Julia Mancuso took home medals for the U.S. The freestyle skiing event garnered the U.S. with 7 medals. Maddie Bowman, Joss Christensen, David Wise, Gus Kenworthy, Devin Logan, Nick Goepper, and Hannah Kearney took home medals. And in all the snowboarding events, America took home five medals. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sage Kotsenberg, Jamie Anderson, Alex Deibold, and Kelly Clark all took home medals for America.

So 17 of the 28 medals that the U.S. won were from the ski and snowboard teams. It’s these kinds of numbers and the stories behind them that remind us how rewarding life can be when we have the courage to follow our passions. Stories we’ve covered like those about New England natives Hannah Kearney’s and Andrew Deibold’s keep us climbing up and bombing down snow laden mountains every chance we get.

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