For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of the Olympics,
both the summer and winter games. I sat and watched wishing I could switch
places with Dominique Moceanu and Tara Lipinski as I cheered them on,
developing strong infatuations for Apolo Anton Ohno and Michael Phelps as they
won medal after medal.
However, this year, it feels different.
I’ve been covering the Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey for more
than six months now. The Ducks have nine athletes representing four countries
in the Olympics: Jonas Hiller and Luca Sbisa are representing Switzerland, Teemu Selanne and
Saku Koivu are playing for Finland, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Whitney on USA and Scott
Niedermayer, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are representing the host country of Canada.
This year, it feels different.
It’s different because this time around I’ve had one-on-one
conversations with multiple Olympians, and though I’m relatively new to sports
journalism, some Olympians even know my name.
This year, it’s personal.
This year, I bookmarked the Men’s Olympic hockey schedule as soon
as the teams were announced; this is a first for me. And if I’m being honest, I
don’t really remember watching much Olympic hockey. However, I do know the
story of the 1980 Miracle on Ice, and though I’ve never been able to track down
a copy of the USA vs Soviets game, I do know the movie “Miracle” almost
word-for-word (Yeah, I’ve watched it that much).
That won’t be the case this year. I plan on watching as much
Olympic hockey as possible, and while I’m slightly leaning towards Team Canada
to win it all, I’d be happy watching any of the Ducks athletes win any level of
As hockey will be starting this afternoon, I couldn’t be more
excited. I’ll be keeping you updated on my thoughts as the tournament
progresses over the next couple weeks.
No matter which country you happen to be rooting for, enjoy the games!