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Journal Writing Project: Going for the gold

By Emily Brumm

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

This year marks the 22nd winter Olympics, which take place every four years. There are 98 different events and 15 different winter sport disciplines. This year it is being held in Sochi, Russia. This is the first Olympics to be held in Russia since the breakup of the USSR in 1991. The $51 billion dollar budget makes it the most expensive Olympics in history. As always, the medals and competition between countries is a main topic of the Olympic Games. Other hot topics are the security issues and intense security measures taken by the Russian government.

Along with individuals competing against each other, countries compete against each other as well. At the end of each day, they do a medal count to see which country has the most gold, silver, and bronze medals. The country with the most gold medals, not total medals, is ranked first. As of Tuesday, February 11, the United States is in fourth place with two gold medals, one silver, and three bronze. They are behind Canada, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Security has been another popular topic for the 2014 winter Olympics. Prior to the games, many organizers received threats via e-mail. These threats focused on kidnapping athletes and bombing Sochi. On February 7, 2014, a plane was also threatened by a passenger who claimed to have a bomb. The passenger stated his intention to hijack the plane and fly it to Sochi. Russian President Vladmir Putin took action and drastically tightened security measures. More than 40,000 police and armed forces are working to secure the grounds and prevent disaster. In addition to this, some athletes, such as the U.S. ski and snowboarding teams, have also hired private security. A Presidential Decree was also signed requiring any protest or demonstrations taking place during the Olympics to be approved by the Federal Security Service as well as tightened travel restrictions. The media has dubbed this area of maximum security the “ring of steel.”

Despite the complications that have arisen, the games are running smoothly and athletes are performing as well as ever. The Olympics marks a time when countries from all over the world can come together and enjoy watching many talented athletes perform. For the athletes it is when their years of hard work and dedication can finally pay off. These are the factors that make the Olympics a success year after year and make them so fun to watch.

Emily Brumm is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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