Going for the Gold: Reflecting on the top Olympic moments of my lifetime after its postponement

first_imgWho would’ve thought that the United States, let alone the entire world, would be where it is now? What was only a blip on many Americans’ radars a month ago is now the largest pandemic in recent history, halting school, work and the topic of my column, the Olympics.  Since North and South Korea split in 1948, the animosity between the two nations and horrific ramification of the split have been well documented. For 70 years, the North and South traded threats and assassination attempts while simultaneously trying to emerge from extreme poverty.  Rewatching both countries march into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium together gave me a sense of hope this past week, and given the times we live in now, it was greatly needed.  However, for one fleeting moment, this changed when the North and South Korean teams marched together waving a Korean unification flag at the 2000 Summer Olympics. The two teams still competed separately, but the move represented a gesture for unity and peace that Koreans had not seen for over half a century.  In what would be the beginning of one of the most successful eras for any Olympic athlete, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt came into the Beijing 2008 Olympics with hopes of establishing himself as the fastest man in the world. And in fact, he did just that, winning three gold medals in the process and breaking the world record in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay. Take that all in for a second.   North and South Korea march together — several times Michael Phelps finishes his star-studded career at Rio 2016  Bolt ended his career with eight gold medals and swept through the competition again at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. His performance in 2008 introduced him to the world and brought track and field a level of attention it hadn’t seen in a long time.  There is never a dull moment when watching Michael Phelps. Phelps entered the 2016 Summer Olympics after having competed in every iteration of the games since 2000 — when he was only 15 — winning 22 Olympic medals and shattering dozens of world records in the process.  I, like many of you, felt considerably dejected when I heard the news that the 2020 Summer Olympics would be officially postponed. Though it was the right decision, I can’t help but feel a sense of longing for one of my favorite sporting events in the world. What sticks out to me even more about Bolt’s 100-meter run is that it was one of the first sporting events I ever watched. Before the 2008 Olympics, I didn’t care much about sports, but my dad insisted that I watch the race. I distinctly remember Bolt crossing the finish line and feeling a rush of excitement I had never felt before. I was too young to witness this moment, but I have seen its follow-up acts. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the North and South marched together again, bringing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program to a temporary simmer.  Usain Bolt dominates at Beijing 2008  Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about the 2020 Olympics. His column, “Going for Gold,” typically runs every other Wednesday. This is the only event on the list that isn’t a jaw-dropping athletic feat, but it’s here for good reason.  So, in the interest of providing some much needed nostalgic relief, here are my personal top three Olympic moments from my lifetime.  As someone of Korean descent, I found this moment especially moving. I finally could begin to relate to my great-grandmother, who used to tell me stories about escaping North Korea during the Korean War. I could finally see how powerful and meaningful the prospect of unification was.  Phelps qualified for six events and ended up with five gold medals as a 31-year-old in 2016. This surprised absolutely no one, but the near-superhuman performance Phelps put forth, showing zero sign of physical regression after nearly two decades of competition, was a feat that won’t likely be seen again for a long time. last_img read more


JOBS: MORE CHEFS NEEDED AT TOP HOTEL AFTER TOURISM BOOST

first_imgONE of Donegal’s leading hotels says a huge upturn in visitors to the county is helping to fire up the local economy – and they now need extra chefs to cope.The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny says it has seen record increases in visitors staying there.“We need more chefs to cope with demand,” said Carolynne. “We’ve had a very successful 2014 with record highs in occupancy since January so we need to add to our already huge team of chefs.”The hotel needs a Chef De Partie, experience necessary, flexible who is able to work well under pressure and maintain the very high standards of food & consistency.The also require an experienced Chef, Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm, who also must be flexible and who can work on own initiative.Anyone interested should email a CV to enda@mounterrigal.com. “We have been extremely busy with tourists – both Irish and European visitors – with a huge demand for family staycations.“We have also seen a huge increase in Wedding Business since the launch of our new Vintage, Couture & Classic wedding packages in January 2014.“We attribute this year’s success on the foundations we have built over the years, we have a supreme level of repeat business and our strategy of maintaining valued repeat guests has certainly been paying off.“Each year over the last few years, we have achieved such great results that we were worried about beating the results again the following year, however, with hard work, dedication and excellence in customer service, we have seen this strategy take on a ‘snowball’ affect.“We are delighted to see Donegal in such high demand amongst the domestic family market and oversee visitors. I personally believe that the development of the Wild Atlantic way – and being on the route – has highlighted the beauty of the west coast of Ireland from Donegal to West Cork because it introduces the visitor to some of Ireland’s most incredible experiences, its coastline, seascapes, history, culture and people. “It entices and inspires the visitor to explore more with these areas, areas which we have always been proud of, but never really able to put it together in this way. It’s still in its early stages, but it is something I am passionate about selling because it is guaranteed to create amazing memories for all who embark on this stunning journey around the coast of Donegal.”JOBS: MORE CHEFS NEEDED AT TOP HOTEL AFTER TOURISM BOOST was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:advertchefsdonegaljobsMount Errigal Hotelrecruitmentlast_img read more