This is the first year that Snowball Fighting is an Olympic sport, and the US Team is made up entirely of Mainers!
A massive pep rally was held at the University of Maine today to wish the team well before they leave tomorrow for the US Team’s official training facility.
Team USA Snowball Fighting is made up of Terry and Linda Ouellette, a brother and sister combo from Fort Kent, Marci Dellacourt from St. Albans, and Chet “The Snowman” Wilkerson from Orono. They are all first time Olympians, and very excited for the opportunity to represent their nation and the great state of Maine over in Sochi.
“I think it’s wicked awesome that the Olympic Committee decided to include the purest of all Winter sports in the Olympics,” Snowman Wilkerson, the charismatic leader of the team, explained to this Modern Philosopher. “Everyone grows up throwing snowballs, but not everyone gets the chance to ski, figure skate, or bobsled. This is an everyman kinda sport, you know?”
Tryouts were held in mid-December, and the team from Maine just blew away the competition. “They worked together as a unit better than any team out there,” a US Olympic Team spokesperson told me. “I’ve never seen more accurate throws or firmer, better built snowballs. It was quite clear from the start who would be marching into the Olympic Stadium to represent Team USA.”
Marci Dellacourt offered, “As Mainers, we learned how to make and throw a snowball before we even learned how to walk. I was nailing the mailman in the head from thirty feet away before I even knew how to say ‘Watch out!’. Every Mainer is a natural snowballer. I was just lucky enough to have a family that supported me and allowed me to chase my Olympic dream long before Snowball Fighting even became an Olympic sport.”
Isn’t it wonderful when dreams come true, Modern Philosophers? All those years of tossing snowballs, I never thought that the activity would one day be an Olympic sport. But Marci did, and now she’s less than a month away from her shot at a gold.
Who knows? I might’ve been pelted with snow today by future Olympians. How awesome is that?
Good luck to Team USA!