The whole world tuned in tonight as the 2014 Olympic Winter games kicked off in Sochi and a group of Eastern Idahoans brought in these Olympics in a major way.
During this year’s games the Olympic flame belongs in Sochi, but that doesn’t mean it can’t burn bright in Southeastern Idaho, too.
“We’re not over in Russia, but we take pride in our nation, we take pride in the people that are over them performing for us, so we want to celebrate and honor them as much as we can,” said Gus Blad, who hosted the viewing party.
A group of neighbors in Chubbuck have bonded together, forming what they call the “Sixth Circle” to celebrate the games in an Olympic sized manor.
“The London Olympics, we got together every night with potluck and it was so much fun we just had a blast so we decided of course when these Olympics came that we wanted to do it again but I thought it was very daring to do this outside,” said Michael Farnes, who lives next door.
With the snow falling and the hot dogs cooking, families from all over the neighborhood gathered to watch the opening ceremonies projected on to the side of the Blad’s house, and all the kids agree that if being in Olympic park is gold, watching it like this at least takes home the silver.
“It makes it really fun, it’s not just sitting around by yourself, it’s really awesome,” the kids all chimed in.
The neighborhood gathering isn’t just a fun play time for the kids though; it’s also started to teach a good lesson, even if the group is a little biased.
“Of course we root a lot harder for all the United States Olympians than we do the other ones, but it’s about fair competition, showing good sportsmanship, and if we can show that to our kids right now and have these stellar athletes do it then it’s a great opportunity for us to teach them,” added Blad.
The group also told us that they plan on doing this every Olympic season, and hopefully it won’t be quite as cold out for during the Rio Summer Games in 2016.