Hilltop Potato Olympics

Hilltop Hosts the 2022 Potato Olympics
Posted on 02/11/2022
Olympic hopeful and Minnesota Whitecaps hockey player Allie Thunstrom visited Hilltop second gradersWith the 2022 Winter Olympics going on worldwide, Hilltop Elementary School second graders held their own Olympic Games: the 2022 Potato Olympics. Hilltop students decorated potato “athletes” to participate in the Games and heard from an Olympic hopeful about her journey to the speed skating trials.

In the morning, second-grade classes heard from virtual guest speaker Allie Thunstrom, who has come close to competing in the Olympic Games twice and is a Minnesota Whitecaps hockey player. Ms. Thunstrom talked about her hockey career and her participation in two Olympic Trials for speed skating, placing within a few spots of qualifying for the 2014 and 2018 Olympics. She showed students clips of her speed skating races and hockey games and talked about her team, training, and how she got into these sports. She also answered student questions about how she became so fast, if she was a fast runner too, and what students can do now if they want to play hockey and skate like her.

After Ms. Thunstrom’s virtual visit, students paraded their potato athletes down the second- and third-grade hallway as part of the Olympic opening ceremony. Each second-grade class then participated in Olympic events like the potato bobsled and potato luge, sending their athletes on high-speed pursuits and experimenting with the best techniques for a successful run.

Thank you to Ms. Thunstrom for talking to students about her career path, and great job to all of the students and their athletes who were part of the 2022 Potato Olympics.