February is almost over. I spent a good chunk of this month concentrating on three things: video games (specifically Bravely Default and Bravely Second), practising and testing for my driver’s license (that alone is quite a tale), and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. I’ve been sucked hard with this Winter Olympic — most likely due to it being held in South Korea. I had zero motivation to attend the actual events, but I was determined to watch certain events on my computer or my mum’s TV. Read on to read my commentary on this Olympic!
– I made sure to make time to watch the opening ceremony, but I still think the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was the best.
– I was quite pleased to see the Korean drummers beating out on the janggus!
– I also grinned when I saw the four symbolic animals that are featured in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean mythology.
– That creepy birdman is something I will always see in my nightmare.
– I groaned out loud when they played “Gangnam Style” during the Parade of Nations.
– I give major kudos to Pita Taufatofua, the Tongan man who marched in the opening ceremony (and appeared at the closing ceremony) without a shirt in the freezing weather.
– Kim Yu-na was the perfect person to be the final torch bearer!
Triple “S” Sports
– I am not big on snowboarding, skeleton, or speed skating, but I followed some of it.
– Chloe Kim was a phenomenom in snowboarding, and I felt a huge amount of Korean-American pride at seeing her performance.
– Yun Sung-bin winning the gold in skeleton and being dubbed as Iron Man is quite brilliant, haha!
– I learned that speed skating is full of drama!
– Choi Min-jeong losing her speed skating gold over the penalty really sucked, but she made up for it in the 1500m race. I even noticed her skating around the others to avoid getting another penalty.
– Holy hell, that ladies relay race was a hot mess! I was happy to see the Koreans winning it, but the penalisations China and Canada received was a mess.
– Let’s not forget that crazy “bullying” scandal amongst the Korean women speed skaters — that’s another hot mess.
– The Korean men losing their place on the podium due to a fall in the team pursuit, and then the two Korean girls falling in the finals for speed skating race? That’s gotta hurt, especially on home turf!
– I’m a big fan of figure skating, so I have a lot to say about this sport!
– Mirai Nagasu landed the triple axel, the first for any American women in the Olympics!
– Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot winning the gold was divine justice since this was Savchenko’s fifth Olympics.
– Michael Christian Martinez made it to the Olympic! He only found out he’d go near the end of January, but I was really happy to see him make another appearance.
– Denis Ten’s performance surprised me, but I was still happy to see him there.
– Misha Ge is always a joy to watch. I can’t wait to see more of his choreograph with future skaters.
– Adam Rippon is an awesome glamazaon, and his performances were exquisite.
– Vincent Zhou landed the first quad lutz in the Olympics — that boy has a lot of potential. I look forward to seeing more of him!
– Nathan Chen did a huge rebound in his free skate (with six attempted quads, landing five of them!), and he did the same thing Asada Mao did in 2014 Winter Olympics by going from 17th to 5th place.
– Patrick Chan’s final Olympic appearance was quite bittersweet. I credit him for really making me love the sport back in 2009, so he will be missed!
– Jin Boyang finished fourth, and he put on a good show. I can’t wait to see him on the podium in Beijing.
– Javier Fernandez finally won a medal for Spain in his third Olympic appearance!
– Hanyu Yuzuru — my favourite skater — won a second consecutive gold medal after his amazing short programme and his powerful free skate! He became the first back-to-back gold medalist in this sport since 1952! I was rooting for him all the way.
– Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are really great at ice dancing. The chemistry between the two are wonderful.
– I was rooting for Evgenia Medvedeva, Carolina Kostner, and Mirai Nagasu, but only Evegenia made it onto the podium. I do wished she’d had won the gold, though!
– Miyahara Satoko has become a new favourite of mine. Her skating is so elegant!
– Javier Fernandez, Misha Ge, Miyahara Satoko, and Hanyu Yuzuru’s exhibition gala skate were awesome. It was such a good way to end the figure skating event.
And that’s my Olympic adventure. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for me, so I’ll be happy to have my life back, haha! Now to focus on my final driving test!