Year in Review — Part 4 “Sports”

Full Article by NW Academy Pigeon Press

Olympics: The 2014 Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia last winter, Friday, February 7th through Sunday February 23rd. Slopestyle became a new skiing and snowboarding event. Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. brought home the gold in men’s snowboarding slopestyle. Despite there being minimal problems with the food, overall Sochi was successful.

World Cup: Last summer, The World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Germany displayed their prowess, eliminating Brazil, in a 7-0 game, and eventually winning against Argentina. The Brazilian government was prepared for rioting. However, everything ran smoothly, and produced and exciting experience. The United States finished with 28 medals.

Michael Sam: Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL. Drafted in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams, he was cut, and then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. Sam was recently waived by the Cowboys, and is now a free agent. Through a tweet, he made it apparent to the public that there was no prejudice in the Cowboy’s decision to waive him.

Donald Sterling: June, 2014, Donald Sterling, ex-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made racist comments to his girlfriend due to pictures she posted on Instagram. He told her not to bring African Americans to Clipper games. These comments were leaked, and created unrest in the NBA community. Eventually Sterling lost his ownership of the Clippers.

Jeter: Fall, 2014, Major League Baseball said goodbye to one of the greatest shortstops to play the game. Derek Jeter debuted May 29th, 1995, and ended his Hall of Fame worthy career on September 28th, 2014. Jeter spent his entire career playing for the Yankees. In his last home game, Jeter hit a walk-off, game winning base hit in the bottom of the ninth. Textbook.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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