GO TEAM USA
- Men and Women's alpine skiing
- Women's snowboarding
- Ice hockey
- The skeleton
- Figure skating
~In today’s society, it is becoming increasingly acceptable to be “different”, to stand out, or to challenge one’s community. These changes are a step in the right direction for our culture, but many people’s actions show that they are focusing only on being an individual and are forgetting about being a part of a community. Being in a community allows individuality and shouldn’t preclude one or the other. Without a community how will anyone be able to discover what they agree and disagree with, the values they stand for, or even who they really are? The community serves as a path to finding out who we, as individuals, are.
Individuals have a responsibility to serve their community, but a community should also come together to protect and support individuals if they encounter a time of need. Each person in a community has different skills and experiences and together, we as a whole, are more knowledgeable and skilled. As said by Mother Teresa, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” This quote highlights the fact that alone we may have great ideas, but no one great ever did anything solely by themselves and without the involvement of others those ideas cannot be achieved.
It can be hard to keep one’s individual identity within a community where the majority has very similar beliefs and opinions... I believe a community should never stifle or try to hide a minority or uncommon opinion. Instead, it is a great opportunity to become more knowledgeable about a topic, which may reaffirm or modify opinions or show a different line of thinking that leads to the ability to compromise and find middle ground. As Pope Francis perfectly states, “The future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us.’ We all need each other.”~