Four days. Three events. Two venues. One USA medal. The craziness of the past four days was worth my minimal hours of sleep. Joleen, Nicole, and I bought tickets for the women's freestyle skiing semifinals and the women's hockey bronze medal game. At the time, we had no idea who would be participating. We just wanted to see events.
The first event was the women's freestyle skiing on Sunday. We rode the train up to the mountains for an hour then rode a bus for another 15 or so minutes to get to the venue. At 6:30 the competition was supposed to begin, but an announcement was made that the snow fall was too heavy and the event would begin at 8pm. At 8, though, the weather was still not clear enough for the competition to take place so it was rescheduled for Tuesday.
Monday was the women's hockey bronze medal game. I was happy to find out that the game was USA vs. Finland (even though I would have loved to see Team USA go for the gold). It was an amazing game! USA played much better than before and won 4-0! I'm hoping I get to see more USA women's hockey in the future.
Tuesday came around and it was time to head back up to the mountains for freestyle skiing. It was a really beautiful day and the weather was perfect for competition. The two US skiers didn't make it on to the final round, but there were a lot talented women. When it comes to the Olympics, the fans are crazy! Not only are there the usual flags and painted faces, but a group of Swiss fans had a machine that had a microphone, played music, lit up, and served drinks. They added to the entertainment of the evening =).
I was finally able to sleep in and relax before working the afternoon shift on Wednesday. That night, though, one of my bosses Elena, got free tickets to the men's hockey game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A group of us left work about a half hour early to see the game. The fans made the whole experience so much fun and being there boosted my love for sports.
Since Joleen, Nicole, and I were able to get a decent amount of sleep, this morning we decided to go to the market near our apartment and get our usual focaccia bread and cappucino breakfast.
We were also able to go to the main Olympic store and purchase a few things. We then continued walking around and visited a few sites near the river Po. I was able to get some nice panoramic photos and video of the city from a church/museum on a hill. Our final stop before work was to get some lunch at a cafe. I ate a sandwich and we had some gelato topped with coffee. It was soooo good. I love Italian food!
Four more days then I'm back in California!