Lessons from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Here are lessons learned from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

2. Bronze is beautiful

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    American Julia Mancuso competes in the women's alpine skiing downhill race at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 12.
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American Olympians have taught the world in Sochi that they are great with winning something other than gold.

Skier Julia Mancuso started it all with her pure joy and celebration over winning the bronze in the Super Combined alpine ski event. Seeing only her reaction to the announcement of her placement, anyone who had missed the race would have been sure she’d captured the gold.

Another great example, Andrew Weibrecht, a near unknown in US skiing dubbed “The workhorse,” and Bode Miller, who in recent years has become a dark horse for podium finishes, took home the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the Super-G. Their pure excitement for racing and emotional ties to the sport gave us more to think about than just the color of medal on their neck.

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