Best emotive social media from Sochi 2014

Swiss golden couple ski slopestyler Eveline Bhend and ski halfpiper Nils Lauper have embraced their coupledom with a joint website.

The image below is the homepage. Bhend came ninth in the women’s ski slopestyle final on Tuesday February 11 with her husband aiming to gain bragging rights in the household by improving on that result come his event a few days later.


“She was with me today. I totally felt her. She’s amazing and I’m happy to honour who she was by doing this today. Before I dropped my last run in the final, I looked up to the sky and said `come on Sarah, we can do this together. Carry me through down’.”
Bronze medalist Canadian slopestyle skier Kim Lamarre on former team-mate Sarah Burke who died in January 2012 following a training accident and who was instrumental in getting the sport into the Olympic Games.

“There was a point where I had to be like OK this is way too distracting. I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson about new dating app Tinder, and its huge appeal in the confines of the Winter Olympic village.

American slopestyle and half-pipe competitor could not bear to see so many stray dogs in Sochi… so he did this…

Google shared the love on the first day of the Olympic Games with a rainbow logo in support of gay rights after Russia caused controversy with newly introduced discriminatory laws.


Reluctant women’s ski jumping campaigner Lindsey Van quit the sport for a year in exhaustion at having to fight a legal battle to even allow women to compete at the Olympics. Thankfully the American returned to the sport in order to able to compete in the inaugural women’s event.

Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen lost her brother suddenly on the day of the opening ceremony. Having opted to continue to compete, supported by emotional team-mates, Astrid’s sole reference to the tragedy was a tweet that translates to, “Good as gold”, along with a link to a heartbreaking song.

Author: Jo Gunston

Roving blogging superfan shares behind the scenes stories of her sports life and the best of those from like-minded souls.

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