Olympic RingsThe 22nd Winter Olympics kicked off Friday in Sochi and my what a sight it was! If you missed the opening ceremonies, I don’t even know where to begin to describe what went on. Lets just say that it was a ballet dancing, Daft Punk choir singing, firework filled event. Yet, amidst all the music, lights and animatronic animals, the one thing that really stood out to me was the amount and the diversity of people in the stadium. I find it amazing that so many people from all over the world can all group together to make something as wonderful as the Olympics.Think about it, billions of people tuned in on Friday to watch the opening ceremonies take place. Billions of people were entertained and now billions of people will now have more or less the same memory for years to come.

If you turn on your TV, you might be able to see a few of the Olympic commercials that are meant to inspire and motivate the viewers at home. Although, out of the many being shown everyday, there’s only one that really stood out for me, because of the message that it gives. To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember much of what actually happens in the ad, but I do remember this one line, “We all play for Canada.” (While I know that if you’re reading this from another country that you probably don’t agree with this statement, but bear with me.) I like this phrase because it sends this message of unity and togetherness that I find refreshing. Although, the phrase distinctly says Canada, I feel like it doesn’t apply to one specific country. I feel like it applies to the spirit of the Olympic Games and how thousands of people from all over the world have come together, whether as volunteers, athletes or staff, to create something for everyone to enjoy. While the various athletes of the world are competing against one another to bring home the gold, it’s almost like they’re helping one another to bring the rest of the world together too. So I say, celebrate, have fun, support your favourite teams and let the games begin!

What is your favourite Winter Olympic sport and what are some of your best Olympic game memories?