The beautiful scenery of Sochi, the team spirit, and camaraderie of fans from around the world are just a few of our Modis colleague’s favorite aspects of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Read on to find out her top five memories:
Well, I’ve finally adjusted to being back from a whirlwind of a trip – and it has sunk in how amazing of an experience it was. In terms of capturing my experience, I could go on for days (and my colleagues who have the misfortune of sitting beside me know) – I absolutely have.
I organized my trip to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games into a top 5 list.
5) The Olympic Spirit
The athletes, the sportsmanship, and the ability of people from all different backgrounds to come together. We heard stories of coaches lending skis to athletes, or people helping an elderly woman down from her seats. The spirit was one of
camaraderie, no matter what background you came from. It was a proud moment to meet people from all different countries cheering on athletes who are the best of the best!
4) The voyage to get there (Amsterdam & Moscow) and the reliability of fast food at 2am
Moscow (where everything is bigger than you can imagine) and Amsterdam were amazing cities to stop in on the way over. And the free Wi-Fi gave me a chance to send back photos to jealous family and friends… okay and to our own Recruiting Director Suzanne Muldoon(who was the most jealous of the group). There is something to be said about English touch screens in fast food chains on the other side of the world. After some long flights, and zero sleep – I’ve never been so happy to eat a burger.
3) The weather and the view
There is something special when at the Olympic Winter Games I had to say “I wish I brought sandals!” The weather was outstanding. Wearing a dress walking around Sochi was certainly a highlight. Everywhere we went spectacular views accompanied us. The media hype surrounding all the trash in the streets, dogs roaming around and terrible conditions at the hotels wasn’t true.
2) Meeting athletes and discovering our local celebrity status
The athletes talked to us about the challenges that come with playing any sport and what they have learned through their experience. They were all friendly and humble and it was an absolute pleasure to meet some of the best athletes in the world! Whenever we wore our hockey jerseys, we would get stopped. Between husbands and wives, to groups of school children – they wanted a photo with us. After confirming numerous times that we weren’t famous – they still insisted they wanted a photo. It would take us 3-4 times as long to get anywhere due to the line up of Russians awaiting photos. Even the official IOC photographer stopped us and asked us why there was a line up. We had no idea! Somewhere in Russia there is a family that has a photo of us huddled around their baby.
1) USA vs Russia Hockey Game
What a game! Between chanting “shayba” (puck in Russian), cheering with the Russians behind us, and with the Americans beside us it was awesome. And I mean, how often is it you get to see a player shoot 6/8 shots in a shoot out! (the answer is never). Amazing atmosphere, amazing performances by both teams. It was just an awesome game and experience!
This trip is something I will never forget. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that will provide very special memories for years to come.