Pope Benedict XVI invited Italy’s Olympians to the Vatican Monday to congratulate the team on its 28 medals and remind them (and everyone else) that drugs are the wrong road to the top of the podium.
“Pressure to win good results should never prompt you to take shortcuts, as happens with doping,” the Pope said Monday. “Let the same team spirit be a spur to avoid these blind alleys, and also be a support to those who realize they have made mistakes, so that they feel welcomed and helped.”
The Pope also spoke about the positive benefits of competing in sports, including learning altruism, loyalty, respect, patience, and humility, “which is never applauded but is the secret of victory.”
Despite have never having participated in the Games as an Olympic nation, the Vatican City opened its own “Culture and Sport” department earlier this year in hopes that it can continue to promote those positive benefits highlighted by Benedict on Monday.
“Sport is both an educational and cultural benefit, able to reveal to man his own self and let him understand the most profound values of his life,” Benedict said.
Following three-time Olympian Hilary Knight on social media means pictures. Specifically, selfies.
Lots and lots of selfies.
The forward easily qualifies as the selfie queen of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. But it’s not because the 5-foot-11 Knight doesn’t try to share the photo duties documenting these Olympic moments with her teammates.
“I always ask someone else to do it, and they’re like, ‘No, no you just do it,'” Knight said with a laugh. “Just because of my arms. I have the angle or something figured out.
Knight stayed busy the night of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Games.
She’s also been documenting life in the athletes’ village.
Knight says she startles herself when she opens up her SnapChat app and finds it on selfie mode.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on there?” she said. “But I feel badly for posting all the selfies. At the same time, we’re trying to capture all these memories we have together because they’re something special.”
With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.
Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.
Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.
New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
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