As you can tell from that list, I watched mostly hockey at this year’s games. That is a true statement. However, just because I’m focusing on two hockey players that shouldn’t take away from the fact that most of these athletes don’t get paid to play their sport professionally and that they all did an amazing job.
Alright, starting with T.J. Oshie, a former University of North Dakota player (gross) and current St. Louis Blues player (another team I don’t care for…blame the Cardinals…yup that’s how I roll). Anyways, if you watched the USA-Russia game (you have no excuse for not watching it) you would know that T.J. Oshie put on a show, and single handedly won the overtime shoot out for the US. Oshie, took 6-8 US penalty shots and buried four of them in the US’s 3-2 thrilling win. Side note: Pavel Datsyuk can seriously play hockey…not that anyone was questioning that thought. After the game, everyone called Oshie the American hero. His Wikipedia page even said that for a short while. To this he responded:
“The American heroes are wearing camo. That’s not me”
Second up, another hockey player for team USA, is David Backes a hard hitting defenseman (who coincidentally enough plays for St. Louis) who has a soft spot for animals. Back in November, Backes and his wife Kelly set up a charity called Athletes for Animals, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting pet adoption, rescuing animals, and educate people about responsible pet ownership while partnering with other animal adoption organizations. So when they travelled to Sochi and encountered the herds of stray dogs they started working, on and off the ice. They started by trying to create awareness about shelters set up in Sochi to help the strays and then even ended up bringing two puppies home with them and helping a few other athletes (not all from the US) work to bring home a new friend as well. I think that’s pretty cool.
Finally, class act number three, Usian Bolt. I already have a ton of respect for the fastest man in the world but then he went and stopped a reporter in the middle of an interview because the US, yes I said US, national anthem was playing. Last time I checked, which was 30 seconds ago, he is from Jamaica and yet he stopped to respect the Star Spangled Banner. Get that man signed up for the American Outlaws or send him a bald eagle or something, mad respect right there. You can see the interview in the video below, it’s awesome. To coin Stephen Colbert, Usain Bolt gets a “tip of the hat.”