200 Days until the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!
Medal Prediction Update #7
Netherlands: The Dutch are the most recent nation to ascent into the top 5. After constantly sitting in places 6th-8th, Holland has displaced Austria and France to set into another top-five Olympic finish. All of there medals are to come from some sort of speed skating, with 4 in short track and 14 in long track. This is a change from Pyeongchang, as they went down in gold and total medals in long track, but increased in short track.
Spain: This Spanish nation has only ever claimed a Winter Olympic Medal 2 times, all in alpine skiing. After claiming multiple world championship titles, Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to win a figure skating medal at the upcoming games. His world dominance and rivalry with reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has lead to some of the highest levels of mens skating. Can he bring home number 3 for spain?
Most Decorated Athlete: Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, Biathlon. 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze
If you’ve never been to Minnesota you probably share the common perception that it’s a dull, dreary, frozen Siberian wasteland. Well it is frozen much of the year, but we know how turn that into fun (and fitness). I could have held our team meeting almost anywhere, but I wanted my team to experience a Minnesota winter.
We had hoped to go snowmobiling and ice fishing, but global warming foiled our plans - no snow and temps in the 40′s. So we compromised and went curling instead. We’d all seen curling in the Olympics, but none had actually done it. After an hour of instruction we spent an hour curling. As you might expect, it was more difficult than it looks. It was really hard to ‘curl’ with just enough force to leave the stone in the ‘house’ (the colored target).
The Chaska curling center is beautiful building. After we finished curling we ate lunch in the restaurant overlooking the ice. I don’t think I’m ready to join a curling league, but it was definitely a fun group activity.