Olympics & Paralympics 2018 Wrap-Up

I’m back!  A week in the Mexican sun was lovely, and I’m almost back into my “website routine!” But no worries, because I have something special to share today! I have a wonderful young friend, Liz Montroy, who, as part of the Canadian Olympics Committee’s Digital Media Team, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us personally connected to the athletes and the venues in PyeongChang. After the Olympics Closing Ceremonies,  Liz gave me this link to watch a recap of an amazing Games. She noted that this definitely made her tear up as she watched it while going through “Olympics withdrawal.”  Keep a tissue handy while you listen to the music by the Arkells…

Liz had a chance to do some sight-seeing in Seoul and posted this picture of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395. She also snapped a great view of Seoul and the surrounding mountains.

Liz travelled a bit in the week between the Olympics and Paralympics. I loved her picture of a hanok/guesthouse in Jeonju and her note about her host who even walked Liz to a nearby restaurant to order food for her!

Back in Gangneung, Liz began her work as the Para Ice Hockey Social Media Coordinator and was able to help cover the last leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay and the Opening Ceremony on social media. She described it as “vibrant, colourful and entertaining…and just surreal.”

You’ve seen some Olympic “names to remember” in the last post and in this one, Liz notes some of the Canadian Paralympians to remember!

Nordic Skiing
You can’t talk about Nordic skiing without talking about Canadian Brian McKeever. These Games he became the most decorated Canadian winter Paralympian of all time (he has 17 Paralympic medals, 13 of which are gold!). You saw him carrying Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies.

Alpine Skiing
There are so many superstar alpine skiers. I would recommend reading up on Canadian Mac Marcoux. Another successful skier for Canada at the 2018 Paralympics was Mollie Jepsen, an 18 year old who won four medals.

Para snowboard athletes are super cool. Some key Canadian snowboarders are Alex Massie and Michelle Salt.

Canada is pretty good at this sport, and the athletes on the Canadian team are incredible people. Curling Lead, Marie Wright, led the team to a bronze medal at these Paralympics.

Tyler McGregor is considered by many to be the best player in the world right now. He’s a well-rounded forward who is constantly scoring highlight reel-worthy goals.

Well, there you have it. A final wrap-up of the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics. Liz spent 10 and 12 hour days in the press tribune in the indoor rink. During the Opening Ceremony she sat in a freezing cold press box which is outside the rink! She expressed her frustration to see the way Paralympic sport is still treated as secondary to Olympic/able-bodied sport. Here is Liz’ encouragement to us:

“I encourage you to actively engage in and follow Paralympic sports and athletes, not just during the Paralympics, but during the four years between the Games. When a World Championship event is being live streamed online, watch it. Follow Para athletes on social media. Read articles on the athletes. Pay attention to them when broadcasters show them on TV. Tell your friends and family about these athletes and sports. In no way should these athletes be treated as secondary to able-bodied athletes and in no way does having an impairment stop these human beings from deserving respect and recognition….I really hope that you will go through these links (above) and then do your own research. Look for the athletes on social media, check out their backstories, and if you have any questions or want to know where you can find out more, just let me know. I’m no expert, but I have a pretty good idea of where to point you.”

Many thanks, Liz, for allowing me to share your “Korean Adventure”!


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