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Our top 5 favourite people from Sochi 2014

Our top 5 favourite people from Sochi 2014

The Winter Olympics is over. All we have now is memories and YouTube clips to remind us of the happy times. And the thought of our next holiday to Meribel, where I can pretend to be Bode Miller, when in fact I am not even a Vanessa Mae, to keep us going. Oh and of course this top 5 list of our favourite people from Sochi 2014…

Jenny Jones

The woman who took a bronze medal by being very sensible in a reckless sport. In the finals of the slope style she saw that everyone else in the completion was going big, but not landing everything. So she went a little less big than everyone else and put in a perfect run. She then waited, and waited and waited. She was rewarded with a Bronze Medal, which she very much deserves.

Graham Bell

I have to be honest I have never been the biggest Graham Bell fan. I don’t think I understood him. When presenting he always comes across as a bit steely and seriouse. During this winter Olympics the BBC ran some segments about when he used to compete, these films helped me understand him better as a person. To compeat in downhill you need to be arrogant, determined, competitive and ruthless. I think it may be me, I always want him to be someone else on TV and he isn’t. What these games have shown is that he is incredibly knowledgeable and reliable as ski expert and that is what he is. He isn’t a personality as such he is a professional and very good he is too.

Eve Muirhead

Ok so I have a bit of a crush on Eve. Despite thinking she was called Gwen for 5 days, but let’s not tell her that. It takes guts to ski fast, it takes bravery to jump high and it takes nerves of steel to throw yourself down an icy chute. But in these self-conscious times that we live in, it takes all of those traits and more to decide, at the age of 16, to become a curler. Possibly the least trendy sport of the Olympics, if not the world. But Eve overcome all those internal conflicts to become a Bronze medallist and sex symbol at 23.

Jamaican Bob Egg

It must be tough being in the Jamaican bobsleigh team. Not only do you have the obvious issues associated with training for winter sports on a tropical island to contend with. You also have a hit cult comedy movie following you around like a celebrity sex tape. There are two ways to deal with it, one ignore it and hope it goes away, which it won’t as it will always be dragged up at every moment by the popular press. Or two,  you can tackle it head on with a dose of good humour.  Which is exactly what Marvin Dixon did when he kissed his lucky egg.

Steve Cram

We enjoyed the curling. One thing that helped me enjoy it more was the commentary by Steve Cram a man with only two weeks more curling watching experience than you or I. Steve was a silver medallist in the 1984 Olympics. His discipline was running and the medal was in 1500m. Since then he has become a commentator for Athletics. Then one day he was asked if he fancied going to the winter Olympics on Vancouver and the rest is history. Steve deserves a gold medal for this year’s commentating. Not only has it been very good, He, unlike us, didn’t have the opportunity of flicking over and not watching the curling.



Since it started I have watched the Winter Olympics non-stop. This has meant that I have been exposed to a lot of Curling. The reason for this is that it has two strong teams from Great Britain in it, therefore the BBC have made the decision to show every second of it. Had I been born in Norway I would be watching a lot of Cross Country. Even worse, if I had been born in Canadian I would be watching a lot more Ice Hockey.

The BBC have been keen to convince us that we #lovecurling, and for a while I did or maybe I do #confused. I started to question my dedication to the sport. During the many ski seasons I have done I have never thought, “It would be great to do some Curling”. On every holiday to Meribel that I have ever been on, I don’t think I have ever looked at the Olympic torch and thought, “maybe I won’t ski today, let’s try curling”. And the only chance I have ever really had to Curl was at the London Ski Show, but I turned the offer down. Saying all that the other day I did search for online Curling games.

I have still spent a lot of time watching it, I have found myself supporting Eve Muirhead and her team. I have cheered, winced and felt their pain. But then it occurred to me… Do I #lovecurling or is it because it is always on? In the same way that I know characters names and their relationships in Eastenders, because my partner watches it and I end up watching with her. If I never saw ‘Enders again my life would remain the same.


Maybe the BBC should try some less catchy but more accurate hashtags #watchingcurlingasnothingbetterison, #lovecurlingbecausetheBBCtellmeto, #lovecurlingbutjustwaitingforsomeskiingtostart.

Will I watch curling once the Games are over? Probably not, but that is the point of the Olympics, to stir interest in the unusual. Will I watch the Curling in 4 years’ time? Absolutely. #lovecurlingfortwoweeksoruntillGBgetsknockedout.

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