GRAPEVINE, Texas – With the XXII Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, Russia, the RAWR decided to host its own version of the games between the classes at Grapevine Faith. Students were allowed to sign up for any of five events hosted in the gym, and points were given to each class for the medals they won. The events included biathlon, curling, and bobsled, with the highlights being hockey and figure skating.
The first week of competition featured biathlon and curling. While the biathlon had its fair share of difficulties from malfunctioning guns, curling went over very well. Teams had to control a bowling ball with brooms until they got five feet from the target. There was a one point and three point circle to aim for, and teams received six rolls a piece. The two sophomore teams enjoyed playing so much that they played a second friendly match after the competition was finished. Riley Severide competed single-handedly and took gold in the junior/senior division while Austin Allen, Isaiah Calhoun, and Carson Green took gold for the sophomores in the freshman/sophomore division.
Biathlon was a bit more difficult as teams competed in relay format by shuffling along around the gym on a towel before using a Nerf gun to shoot at targets. The problem was that the guns malfunctioned a majority of the time. Penalties were assessed for missed shots and for those who felt the need to cheat by stepping off of the towels. Cassidy Staber won women’s gold for the senior class by herself. Dylan Hernandez, Jacob Jones, and John Casey won the men’s competition for the junior class.
The bobsledding event was another difficult one. Competitors had to pull a classmate on a towel around a course that was roughly 40 yards long — twice. On the men’s side, three out of seven teams failed to finish the race; this competition offered plenty of humorous moments, such as when senior Brady Stallings did a flip out of the starting gate while pulling fellow senior Michael Nolan off of the towel.
Carson Green won the competition pulling Jared May for the sophomore class. Senior Morgan Corn pulled Sarah Steinmann across the finish line over 90 seconds before the second-place finisher to win gold for her class. Corn said the hardest part was that she “couldn’t breathe” and that she wished she hadn’t done it because it was so difficult.
The second week of competition was kicked off in grand fashion with the sock hockey tournament. Teams used brooms to play hockey with a volleyball. The competition was so intense that three brooms were broken over the course of the day. The seniors took gold over the juniors, and the sophomores fell to the freshmen.
Senior Emilee Barrett, who was on the winning team in the junior/senior division, said she wasn’t surprised by the competitiveness. “Because of all the smack talk in the days before I figured they’d be pretty intense about the game. Plus, they’re boys, and they’re intense about anything competitive.” Junior Riley Severide said the most difficult part of playing hockey was “trying to work with your teammates without having any practice.” Barrett said the games were “super fun,” and she “loved competing against [her] best friend Cayman, not to mention beating her.”
The week ended with sock figure skating, which was impressive when the women competed and downright hilarious when the men tried it. Sophomore Mason McDonald had one of the most impressive performances. He executed multiple lifts of his classmates Caden Master and Cole Fowler. Juniors Dylan Hernandez and Ethan Johnson tied for gold in the men’s competition and junior Courtney Bishop won on the women’s side.
“I personally did it because Cole signed me up,” McDonald said. While he admitted it was “awkward lifting almost-grown men over my head and spinning around,” he said, “timing my jumps with the music was the most difficult.” Overall, McDonald enjoyed it because he got to “express [his] creativity through music with [his] friends. I don’t get to do that very often.”
The final results of the two weeks of competition revealed that the Junior class was the closest to being true Olympians. They had a total of four gold medals, four silver medals, and five bronze medals for a final score of 37 points. The competition brought out the class spirit in all those who competed and hopefully engendered greater respect for the real athletes representing the United States in Sochi.
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