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February 22, 2014

Kids enflamed by Olympic excitement

PLATTSBURGH — For Mikey Trombley, the most exciting contest at this year's Winter Olympics is the bobsled races.

“It’s just fun watching all the guys jumping into the sled and going as fast as possible down," said the fifth-grader at Cumberland Head Elementary School.

In fact, Mikey would like to someday be one of those guys and has already begun working toward that dream.

“Me and, like, four of my friends are actually training," he said. "We’re trying. Our babysitter has this huge hill, so we made, like, a course and everything.

"We’re saving up to buy a bobsled."

The pals attempted to navigate their course together on one little sled, Mikey added, "but it didn't work out, so that’s why we're saving up.”

'COMPETE FOR COUNTRY'

The Press-Republican recently spoke with Mikey and several of his schoolmates about this year's events in Sochi, Russia, and they took a break from their school's own Olympic-style competitions to explain what the real games are all about.

“In the Olympics you do sports and compete against other countries, and if it’s, like, the Winter Olympics, you would do winter sports, and you compete for your country, and that’s all I really know about it," said Emma Snook, a fifth-grader.

Those sports, noted fourth-grader Jordan Cook, include “figure skating, speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding half pipe, and there’s one other thing, (but) I forgot its name.”

In addition, said Michaela Lacey, who is also in fourth grade, “the Olympics is, like, about, like, having fun and representing your country to get, like, a medal, so they can, like, congratulate them and stuff like that.”

She has been following this year's games on television and particularly enjoys watching speed skating.

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