Author Archive for Jessica

Henry Jackson – The King of all Snowboard MCs

Throughout my time at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, I spent most of my time in Phoenix Snow Park where I was able to witness a lot of snowboarding. The atmosphere was always lively and the crowd was always pumped. I believe much of that credit goes to Henry Jackson, the commentator for these events. Throughout each event his…

Men’s Big Air Final

Yesterday, I attended the first ever men’s snowboard big air final! This was a brand-new event in featured in this year’s winter Olympic games and the arena was packed. There were many fans and spectators from USA and Canada there to cheer on their athletes. It seemed that everyone was excited to see this new event unfold. It was amazing…

Japan House

Last night we went to Japan House for dinner and it was a great experience! They were able to seat seven of us and the people were so friendly. Most importantly, there was a great selection of food either available from the buffet or from ordering from the wait staff. We all ordered drinks and got food from the buffet.…

Speed Skating – New Olympic Records

The other night, I had the privilege of attending the men’s 10000m speed skating final. This was the night that the medalists would be named and the athletes put it all on the line. Competing in this event was the current world record holder as well as the Olympic record holder. Both athletes were looking to bring home gold for…

Canada House – Poutine and Olympians

Located near the curling center is the Canada House. The people were friendly, the beer was cold, and the Olympians, including the medalists, from the day’s events made appearances and mingled with the patrons. Desperate for a taste of food from home, Elizabeth and I ordered poutine and a cheeseburger with fries. It was my first time eating poutine and…

Medal Ceremony

Each night of the Winter Olympics, the medal winners of the day are presented with their medals in a medal ceremony. This is a different format than at the Summer Olympics in which they have the medal ceremonies right after the medals are won. Last night, Shaun White was presented with his gold medal for the men’s snowboarding halfpipe. It…

Witnessing the First US Medal of Pyeongchang 2018

After making my rounds of data collection, I had the great opportunity to watch the men’s slopestyle snowboarding final. The only American in the finals, Red Gerard, was currently in last place after his first two runs and it seemed that a medal for Team USA was not in the cards. As the other athletes completed their third runs, one…

E-Sports at the Olympics

Following the arrival in PyeongChang, I was given the opportunity to join Dr. Neirotti to meet her colleagues in the e-sport industry. E-sports is becoming a big industry and money maker and is even being considered for the program for the Paris 2024 Olympics. This year, there was a lead-up competition prior to the Olympic Games for the IOC to…