cross-country-skis

Peru has never competed in the winter Olympics before.

So when Roberto Carcelen — their first ever winter Olympian, now competing in Sochi — broke a rib in training, he wasn’t about to let that little detail stop him from competing in the arduous 15km cross-country ski race.

Carcelen was badly out-gunned in the intense competition.

Knowing he was dead last, he finished the race with his country’s flag over his head, crossing the finish line with pride. But that’s when he saw the gold medallist, Cologna from Switzerland and Nepal’s Dachhiri Sherpa, waiting for him.

To show his appreciation for the competitor, a first-time winter Olympian from his country, for the drive to compete despite injury, Cologna and Sherpa hung around the finish line for an extra 30 minutes after winning gold just to shake Carcelen’s hand. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

If Tumblr was in the Olympics.
  • figure skating: signature move would be the "baby giraffe;" only managing to stand up about 5% of the routine
  • cross country: can't run cross country off of skis let alone on them
  • ski jumping: ***ski falling
  • luge: *slides three feet and comes to a stop*
  • skeleton: ^^^
  • curling: ~GOLD MEDAL~
  • hockey: *immediately tackled/pelted with pucks*
  • snow board: no
  • speed skating: we can't even do slow skating
  • nordic combined: ???
  • bobsleigh: *loudly quotes cool runnings*
Acadia National Park in Maine is gorgeous at night! If you can brave the cold (and snow that the park is currently getting), winter is a great time to visit the park. From scenic winter drives and hiking to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there is something for everyone.  Photo of the stars over Acadia from late last week by Connor McNulty.

Bayerischer Wald - Bavarian Forest. Der Bayerische Wald is a mountain region in Lower Bavaria, Southern Germany, situated between the Donau (Danube river) and the Czech and Austrian borders. It’s part of an unspoiled, heavily forested mountain region which also includes the Šumava (Bohemian Forest) in the Czech Republic. Within the region, there are more than 60 peaks over 1,000 m. Established in 1970, it is the oldest and largest national park in Germany. Together with the Czech Šumava National Park and the surrounding protected area, these form the largest protected forest area in Europe. The area is a nature lovers paradise, with glacial lakes, stunning mountain views, hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling trails and numerous opportunities for both downhill and cross-country skiing in winter. The region is also a renowned European glass-producing area. The Crystal Road (Glasstraße) is one of the most famous holiday routes in Bavaria.