Staying inspired after the Olympics


Tim Hipps

Team USA marches in the parade of athletes around BC Place stadium during the Opiening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

Timothy Stolp, Staff Writer

The PyeongChang Winter Olympic games have come and gone, bringing us a solid two weeks of thrilling competition and heartwarming moments. The question is: How does one keep up the energy?

The Olympics are a long-standing symbol of unity of nations and dignity amongst even the most brutal of enemies. They are a triumph of humanity, on full display. This year’s games delivered the best and brightest athletes and shed light on some uplifting stories. In curling, the men’s team took home the gold medal.

“The win marked only the second Olympic medal the United States has ever won in curling and the first since 2006,” said Washington Post reporter Rick Maese.

Similarly, the U.S. women’s hockey team took home gold in one of the hardest fought hockey finals at the Olympics. The win meant a lot to the women of the team and those who have followed their story of fighting for equal pay from the U.S. hockey federation.

With stories like these suddenly leaving air waves until the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the drought of inspiration seeps in once again. The fact that these spectacles no longer grace our news feed or television screen may worry us, but there is something we can do to alleviate the struggles: Use the morals we tell ourselves about the Olympics to keep moving and doing the hard work.

On our screens, we have watched these awesome feats done by people who love what they’re doing in spite of uncertain odds and nearly insurmountable competitors. We must remind ourself that we are, in an odd way, Olympians of our daily lives. We wake up every morning with a choice: to face the odds with passion and compassion or to let our fear keep us from the things we enjoy. Taking the route of the first option, we can become the Adam Rippon of homework or the Shaun White of chores. Find what makes you happy and you will survive the monotony of life following these two weeks of enthusiastic performance.

Personally, my mother is one of my greatest inspirations. The woman reminds me everyday that I am a champion, because I put my heart and soul into everything that I can. She shows me how to be compassionate to others and myself. It’s in her kindness that I see the strength of Olympian.

The end of the Olympics doesn’t have to mean the end of our inspiration or finding stories that rekindle our passions.