If you’re anything like me, you don’t care at all about sports. Like, at all. And yet, I can’t help but get really into the Olympics when they happen. Is it the world coming together? The records getting broken? Or, is it any of these cool things happening during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang:
Leslie Jones’s Commentary:
You may recall comedian/SNL star Leslie Jones being so fun and enthusiastic about the 2016 Summer Olympics that NBC invited her to go to Rio and give live commentary, but did you know that they asked her back to do it again? And I have to say, she’s doing a wonderful job. Jones knows how to get you excited about literally anything, literally all winter sports. She’s even gotten all patriotic this year, painting her toenails red, white, and blue. As an American, I rarely say this, but…USA! USA! USA!
Nigeria’s 1st Bobsledding Team:
If you haven’t heard of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga yet, you will. These three Nigerian women are not just the first Bobsledding team from Nigeria to qualify for the Olympics, but the first team from the entire continent of Africa. The three started their athletic careers as world-class sprinters, skills that are easily transferable to the fast-paced, icy world of bobsledding. They’ve done exceptionally well in the qualifying pre-Olympic events, and I wish them the absolute best on the track.
America’s 1st Openly Gay Male Figure Skater
Adam Rippon made American history on January 6th by becoming the first openly gay male figure skater from the US to qualify for the Olympics. And, as it turns out, this is the first time Team USA has sent a gay man to compete in the Olympics since 2004. And despite being 28 years old, much older than most figure skaters, Adam Rippon is ready. He’s already made history with his quote about what it’s like to be a gay athlete: “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows.”