The 2014 Winter Olympics might have ended months ago, but that doesn't mean you have to put your Olympic excitement away until the 2016 Summer Games. Today is Olympic Day, an annual international celebration of physical activity and Olympic spirit organized by the International Olympic Activity. The IOC chose June 23 as Olympic Day because it was on this day in 1894 that the modern Olympics were first played.
When the 2012 Summer Olympics ended, swimmer Michael Phelps left London with four gold and two silver medals, giving him 18 golds and 22 total medals in his career. He also said his swimming days were over.
But Phelps' retirement lasted less than two years. In an interview with the Associated Press, Phelps' coach Bob Bowman said the swimmer would compete at the Arena Grand Prix, taking place April 24-26 in Mesa, Arizona. He's currently entered in three events: the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.
It’s safe to say that snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg had a rad time in Sochi. As a member of the US slopestyle team, Kotsenburg pulled a wicked 1620 on his final run to win gold. It was America’s for gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is a big deal on its own. But Sage rode into the history books by becoming the first American ever to win a gold medal in Russia.
Days after returning from Sochi, the reality of his accomplishments was still sinking in. It probably didn’t help that he was on a whirlwind media tour talking about his epic gold medal run. But even after reliving his big moment again and again and again, Sage was still stoked about his medal and his place in the record books. SI Kids spoke with Sage recently about his medal run, how he prepared for it, and whether or not he’s the next Shaun White.
Life is good for Iouri Podladtchikov these days. The man nicknamed I-Pod has made a rapid ascent to the top of his sport. He won silver in snowboarding halfpipe at the past two Winter X Games and gold at last year's world championships. But he really made his mark at the 2014 Olympics, winning gold by completing a move that he calls the "YOLO flip," which knocked off defending champion Shaun White.
It's been a month since he rose to Olympic glory, but the 25-year-old Swiss national is still beaming. On a recent visit to the SI Kids office in New York City, he happily chatted for an hour about his Olympic experience, his biggest influences, and where he plans to keep his gold medal.
The US men's hockey team left Sochi empty-handed, so it was up to America's sled hockey squad to bring home a medal. And they came up big. In Saturday's gold medal game against Russia, Team USA defeated the host team 1-0 to win the first ever back-to-back sled hockey gold medals in Paralympic history.
"I've coached guys in the National Hockey League and guys that have won national championships, but the chemistry on this team with a 15-year-old and a 35-year old player is better than any team I've ever coached," US coach Jeff Sauer said.
This was the second meeting between the two teams. Earlier in the tournament, Russia defeated the US, 2-1, during group play. So when it came time for the elimination round, the Americans were anxious to get another shot at the home team.
If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics, chances are you saw figure skating commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi. Both competed in the past Olympics — Lipinksi won gold as a 15-year-old at the 1998 Games, while Weir skated (but didn’t medal) in 2006 and 2010 — so they were expertly qualified to weigh in on the action at Sochi. But it wasn’t what they said on air that made them overnight sensations. It was what they wore. Weir and Lipinski were the talk of Sochi thanks to their matching (sometimes crazy) outfits and hairdos. And when they returned to the US they were superstars.
On Friday, Weir and Lipinski were in New York to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Paralympic Games with Olympians and members of the media. Sports Illustrated Kids talked to the duo at the party about their experience in Sochi, their massive popularity, and tips they have for kids who want to be skaters.
It's October 29, and there are 100 days until the start of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The United States Olympic Committee has turned New York City's Times Square into a mini Olympic Village. More than 40 Olympians, Paralympians, and Olympic hopefuls are on hand to do interviews to get fans excited about the Games.
One of those athletes is Paralympic sled hockey player Rico Roman. He has a huge smile on his face as he talks about his road to Sochi. And when a reporter shows him a Topps card with his face on it, Roman's excitement is uncontainable. "No way! I haven't even seen that!" he exclaims.
Unlike many athletes, Roman, a 32-year-old Army veteran, never dreamed of competing in the Games, let alone having his own trading card. "But you get [hurt] overseas," he says, "and it gives you a totally different path."