Watching the strongest, most competitive athletes from around the world compete in such a rich variety of intense sports creates a tantalizing feeling of exhilaration across each nation. Each athlete demonstrates incredible athleticism and we wanted to point out five honorable Eagle Scout traits we’ve noticed that have made for great Winter 2018 Olympians.
Cheerful: Lindsey Vonn, USA
Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
One of the most recognizable names of the Pyeongchang Olympics, Lindsey Vonn is one of the best female skiers in the world. However, the road to victory hasn’t always come easily. After winning the gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G in the 2010 Olympics, Vonn had to sit out of the Sochi Olympics due to a serious knee injury. She then suffered an arm fracture and a back injury on two separate occasions. Despite all of the painful injuries and challenges to overcome, however, Lindsey always gets right back up with a smile on her face. Looking at each setback as just an opportunity to make herself stronger, Vonn has become an example of having a cheerful attitude in all circumstances.
Watch the incredibly inspiring Super Bowl Ad featuring Vonn below.
Brave: Pita Taufatofua, Tonga
Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
Remember the shirtless, doused-in-oil flagbearer from the Rio 2016 Olympics? He has quite an amazing Olympic story. According to the Wall Street Journal, after losing his one and only taekwondo match in the Rio games, Taufatofua wanted to try to qualify for the Olympics in a new sport. The Tonga-native, taekwondo athlete chose to test his skills in cross-country skiing, of all sports. Since Tonga isn’t too close to any snow, Taufatofua learned how to ski in just three months by training on roller skis— and ended up qualifying for Pyeongchang!
Taufatofua has truly shown how brave he is by fearlessly learning a new sport and competing at an Olympic level without worrying about failing or about what others think.”I don’t fear failure. I fear not trying,” said Taufatofua in the same Wall Street Journal article.
Friendly: Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, and Jessie Diggins, USA
Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, and Jesse Diggins are all competing in cross-country skiing on behalf of the USA. Though they may represent the same nation, they are all competing against each other. However, the athletes are close friends who are cheering each other on. “It is an individual sport, and we are competitors against each other, but there is a very big team component,” Randall said, according to People magazine. A little friendly competition is very much appreciated in Scouting, too!
OBEDIENT: Chloe Kim
Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
As the first women ever to land back-to-back 1080s last year, and as the gold medalist in this year’s PyeongChang Olympics, Chloe Kim ranks as one of the top snowboarders in the world. Obviously, the 17-year-old has incredible raw talent, but we can also bet that Kim became successful by following the instruction and advice of her trainers. According to Time magazine, Kim’s father was her first coach, quitting his engineering job to take Kim skiing. Kim also followed the advice of mentor Kelly Clark, who has been taking her under her wing since Kim was eight-years-old. Interestingly, Kim and Clark—a multi-medalist herself— competed against each other in the this year’s Olympics. As Scouters, the Voice also knows how life-changing leaders and mentors can be to youth.
Clean: Shani Davis
Keep your body and mind fit.
Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis is one of the best athletes in track speedskating, being featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and recognized among the ranks of Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson. According to NBC news, Davis is from Chicago, and— after winning the gold at the 2006 Torino Olympics— received a congratulatory call from then-senator Barack Obama. A vital part of becoming one of the best athletes in the world is keeping mentally and physically strong, just like in the Scout Oath and Law. With the possibility of severe injuries and the temptation to consume illegal substances, athletes who train and compete honestly are the most admirable and respected heroes of the Olympics.
Cheerful, Friendly, Brave, Obedient, Clean— amongst hundreds of other amazing traits— thePyeongchang Winter 2018 Olympians are incredible!