Residents and staff participate in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Shores Winter Olympics, encouraging fitness and health in the Covenant Shores retirement community. Photo courtesy of Janet Robinson

Residents and staff participate in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Shores Winter Olympics, encouraging fitness and health in the Covenant Shores retirement community. Photo courtesy of Janet Robinson

Mercer Island retirees get into Olympic spirit

Covenant Shores residents and staff have been participating in their own Olympic Games this week.

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:34pm
  • Life

As the 2018 Olympic Winter Games kicked off last week, a local retirement community in Mercer Island decided to host its own competition inspired by the events in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The “Shores Winter Olympics” began at Covenant Shores on Feb. 5. Fitness Coordinator Mihaela Dimitriu planned the games and choreographed the opening ceremony.

Other staff members also got into the Olympic spirit. New Executive Director Bob Howell kicked off the torch relay and Chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos wore his 1992 Albertville jacket, found at a thrift store, to offer the invocation.

“Unite all our campus through game,” Asimakoupoulos recited. “With fun competition, infuse us with joy, as we make health and fitness our aim.”

About 40 participants registered for eight sport events: javelin, weightlifting, “Up and Go,” “Sit To Stand,” beanbag shooting, basketball, cross-lodge ski biathlon and bocce ball.

The closing ceremonies were set for Feb. 13.

See the community’s website for more on Covenant Shores.




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Covenant Shores Executive Director Bob Howell kicks off the torch relay for the Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Covenant Shores Executive Director Bob Howell kicks off the torch relay for the Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

After the opening ceremony, residents could compete in eight different sporting events, from basketball to bocce ball. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

After the opening ceremony, residents could compete in eight different sporting events, from basketball to bocce ball. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Covenant Shores Chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos wears his 1992 Albertville jacket to the opening ceremony of the Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Covenant Shores Chaplain Greg Asimakoupoulos wears his 1992 Albertville jacket to the opening ceremony of the Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Covenant Shores residents pose for a photo after the closing ceremony of their community Olympic Games on Feb. 13. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Covenant Shores residents pose for a photo after the closing ceremony of their community Olympic Games on Feb. 13. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

The medals awarded at the 2018 Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

The medals awarded at the 2018 Shores Olympics. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

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