Winter Olympics Guided Reading Plays
Set of 5:
1. 22nd Winter Olympics, Russia, 2014
2. A History of the Winter Olympics 1924 – 2014
3. Memorable Moments from Past Olympics
4. Winners and Record Breakers
5. What it takes to be a winner – this is a collection of 5 plays based on P.R.I.D.E. which stands for: POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE, RESPECT, INTELLIGENT CHOICES, DREAMS AND GOALS and EFFORT AND EDUCATION The cast in this P.R.I.D.E. set of plays differs from the previous four, in that the Narrator’s role is taken by the Coach, and the Curler is replaced by a fan.
These are a supplementary resource to the Winter Olympics Assembly/Class Play – Tracing the Games’ History from 1924 to the Present Day.
Play 1 22nd Winter Olympics, Russia, 2014
Narrator: Welcome to the Winter Olympics, 2014!
Speed Skater: Host country – Russia!
Figure Skater: Number of participating countries – over eighty!
Skier: Number of sports – fifteen!
Bobsledder: Number of events – 98! Twelve more than the last Winter Olympics in Canada 2010. And of these, women are taking part in Ski Jumping for the very first time!
Curler: Number of previous Winter Olympics – twenty one!
Narrator: Any idea which country will walk away with the most medals this year?
Speed skater: Well, I don’t know about walking away with any medals! More likely to skate
Figure Skater: Dance
Curler: Or ‘curl’ away with them!
Play 2 A History of the Winter Olympics 1924 – 2014
Narrator: I’m sure we wish them the very best of luck. It’s always fun to watch something a little different.
Curler: As long as it’s from the safety of a nice padded sofa, firmly and securely placed in front of the television!
Narrator: Ah! The arrival of television! Now that did make a difference to us spectators!
Curler: 1956 was the first time the Winter Olympics were televised.
Speed Skater: And 1968 was the first time they were watched in colour!
Skier: And 1998 was the first time there was snowboarding!
Bobsledder: And the first time ice hockey was played at the Games with women! Despite men having been competing since 1920!
Skier: Huh! That Canadian ladies ice hockey team sure showed ‘em! What a victory in 2010! Up til then the men’s Canadian ice hockey team had totally stolen the limelight!
Curler: And women are at last going to be allowed into ski- jumping this year! Though sport isn’t just about having the courage to go faster or higher, you know.
Play 3: Memorable Moments from Past Olympics
Narrator: And how wonderful for everyone there, to witness such an act of sportsmanship! Another amazing moment that should be recorded in all Winter Olympics history books!
Skier: Oh! And don’t forget ‘The Flying Tomato’
Skier: That’s the nickname for Shaun White, the world’s best and most spectacular half pipe snowboarder! Winner of gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada. He sure can do a mean tomahawk!
Narrator: I beg your pardon?
Skier: That’s a double McTwist 1260! Only he can do it! It’s non-stop thrills with this guy around!
Curler: Yes, very exciting. Bit like my sport.
Skier: (Laughing) What? Curling?
Curler: Indeed. We may not achieve the adrenalin rush of some of you athletes who leap off mountains and speed around corners at death-defying speeds! But we still provide great entertainment.
Narrator: Quite right. And may I just say, the Olympics have also produced heroes who haven’t won a thing!
Skier: Like Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards from Great Britain – who came last in both the 70 and 90 meter ski jumps at the 1988 Games at Calgary, Canada.
Narrator: And did that make him any the less a hero?
Skier: Far from it! If anything it had completely the opposite effect! Never before had an athlete been mentioned in a closing speech and had their name chanted
Play 4 Record Breakers
Narrator: Well, it’s not just about time. It’s more about recognizing that nobody is safe!
All 5 athletes: (Together, in alarm) What?
Narrator: Sorry. I didn’t mean to alarm you. What I meant was, nobody stays ‘the best’ forever. So whoever holds a world or Olympic record at the moment, may well lose it during this, our next Winter Olympics Games.
Bobsledder: Oh! I see what you mean!
Curler: Had us worried there for a moment! I for one don’t do ‘unsafe’!
Narrator: I was just making the point that all records are there for the breaking! So from that point of view, nobody is safe!
Speed Skater: Oh, that’s all right!
Figure Skater: Yes, we’ve all been trained to do our best.
Skier: It’s part of our training to never get complacent.
Bobsledder: You can never assume victory.
Curler: Sometimes it comes in the most unlikely shapes and forms! And of course you never know what will happen on the day.
Speed Skater: You can train and train … and still lose.
Figure Skater: You can be winning one minute; and then lose everything in a flash!
Skier: You can be the best – but have the worst luck!
Bobsledder: You can prepare for most things – but not everything.
Curler: You just never know – that’s sport for you!
Play 5 What it takes to be a winner
1. POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
3. INTELLIGENT CHOICES
4. DREAMS AND GOALS
5. EFFORT AND EDUCATION
The cast in this set of plays differs from the previous four, in that the Narrator’s role is taken by the Coach, and the Curler is replaced by a fan.
This set of 5 group readers is intended to promote the concepts behind PRIDE – standing for Positive Mental Attitude, Respect, Intelligent Choices, Dreams and Effort (Education). In short, the promotion of healthy, positive self esteem among young people, highlighting the fact that ‘being the best’ takes time, effort and all round commitment.
1. POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
Fan: Excuse me! Could I have your autograph?
Speed Skater: Yeah! But make it quick. Coach will be onto us!
Figure Skater: No time to lose
Skier: Not in our training schedule.
Bobsledder: Hours and hours of hard work!
Fan: But you’ve already got the skills! You don’t need to practice!
Coach: (Snorting) Oh really?
Fan: Yeah, really! You guys are, after all, the best in the world. Course, for the rest of us it’s different. It wouldn’t matter how many hours I spent practicing, I’d still be bottom of the heap! My school mates always said I was rubbish and they were right!
Coach: So. Let’s talk about the real issue here.
Fan: Which is?
Coach: Positive mental attitude.
Fan: Sorry. You’ve lost me!
Coach: Seems to me more like you’ve lost yourself.
Fan: Hey! About that autograph! I know you’re busy but come on! Have a bit of respect for your number one fan!
Speed Skater: (Laughing) Respect? You wouldn’t recognize respect if it came up and shook you by the hand!
Coach: Besides. You’ve got to earn it first!
Fan: I could do that!
Figure Skater: Yes, but you’ve also got to give respect, too.
Skier: Every time we, as a team, compete - we respect each other.
Coach: These competitors are a team when they go out.
Bobsledder: We’re not individuals looking for fame
Speed Skater: We’re a team, looking to each other for support.
Figure Skater: Without that kind of respect for each other, as team mates, we’d be nothing.
Fan: (Snorting) Huh! It’s easy for you! You’ve ‘made it’! You only have to walk into a room and everyone is falling at your feet!
Coach: And why do you think that is? They’ve earned that respect – through sheer hard work plus a lot of talent.
3. INTELLIGENT CHOICES
Figure Skater: And do you seriously think money’s what it’s all about?
Coach: First, let’s put this misguided pleasure seeker right about what it takes!
Bobsledder: Heartbreak – taking the good times with the bad.
Speed Skater: Peak fitness along with injury
Figure Skater: Sacrifice – hours and hours of your time
Skier: All to one common end.
Coach: Achieving your personal best
Bobsledder: Whatever it takes
Speed Skater: Physically or mentally.
Figure Skater: Wherever you have to be
Skier: In your home town
Bobsledder: Or half way around the world.
Speed Skater: No excuses.
Figure Skater: And for a lot of the time, just sheer hard grind.
Fan: Wow! That sure sounds a whole lotta fun! What a bleak picture you draw! C’mon, Coach. Tell me they’re exaggerating.
Coach: ‘Fraid not, young man. If you want to represent your country, you have to prove
yourself over and over again! And that’s not easy is it, people?
4. DREAMS AND GOALS
Coach: OK you lot! Liven up! Enough of these dreams! Time to come back down to
Fan: What a spoil sport! And we were having such fun!
Speed Skater: (Sighing) My Lamborghini!
Figure Skater: (Sighing) My desert island!
Skier: (Sighing) My chocolate fountain!
Bobsledder: (Sighing) My ..
Coach: (Interrupting) Oh please! Enough of all this indulgence! What’s going on here?
You guys are living your dream – what more could you want?
Speed Skater: (Yawning) Nothing! We were just having a little time out.
Coach: Time out?! In case you’ve forgotten, it’s me that calls your time outs, not you!
Figure Skater: (Yawning and stretching) OK gov. Chill out a little, won’t you?
Skier: (Rubbing eyes) Yeah, cool it, man. Let’s slow things down a little.
Coach: Slow things down a little? Try reverse – you’re pretty close!
Fan: Ooh! Someone round here sure could do with a chill pill!
Coach: Silence! Where are my prize athletes! Enough of this dreaming nonsense and on with proper business.
Fan: (Sulkily) No harm in dreaming!
Coach: Only when those dreams are based in reality.
5. EFFORT AND EDUCATION
Figure Skater: And why should you ever want to stop learning? Education is what helps us
achieve what we want.
Skier: It opens all those doors that would remain closed otherwise.
Coach: It enables each and every one of you to fulfill your destiny.
Bobsledder: Not just by wishing, or dreaming, but by sheer hard work.
Speed Skater: And determination.
Figure Skater: And courage.
Skier: And belief
Bobsledder: In yourself
Coach: And those around you.
Speed Skater: We feel proud to be here today. School children are the future.
Without them and their generation there would be nobody to take over from us.
Figure Skater: Studying is cool.
Skier: Doing your best at school is cool.
Bobsledder: Doing your best anywhere in life is cool.
Fan: But if you want to succeed at anything, you have to make the effort.
Coach: It would seem those teachers and I want the same thing. Everyone doing their best all of the time! That’s what makes
All: (Together) Winter Olympic Champions!
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