Teacher catches Olympic fever


Hunter Miller

Teacher Michael Voth wears his Canada hat in support of his native nation in the winter Olympics.

Ben Carder, Staff Reporter

Physics teacher Mike Voth, a native Canadian, is passionate about the Winter Olympics. The Red Ledger was able to catch up with him and ask about his love for the games.

The Red Ledger: How big are the Winter Olympics to Canadians?

Voth: “They are a very big deal. The last gold medal for Canada in the 2010 Olympics 80 percent of Canadians watched.”


The Red Ledger: Personally, how into the Winter Olympics are you?

Voth: “I am very into the Olympics like most Canadians. Hockey and curling are must win events for us.”

The Red Ledger: How do you keep up with the games while at school?

Voth: “There’s an app that keeps track of the scores and medal count and streams video of the events.”

The Red Ledger: Are you the only person in America that cares about curling?

Voth: “No there’s many Canadians in the metroplex that probably care about curling.”


The Red Ledger: Do you think it’s an injustice that there is no curling rink in the Dallas area?

Voth: “Yes. You would think of the 7 million people here you would find enough people that want to curl to have a rink.”

The Red Ledger: Have you been discriminated against for being a Canadian during the Olympics?

Voth: “Absolutely. People say things to me that stereotype Canadians like making fun of my accent, or Canadian bacon and maple syrup.”


 The Red Ledger: Is there any way you can tie in physics lesson plans with the Olympics?

Voth: “Definitely. If there was a sport that was built around physics it would be curling. I teach a video lab about it and have a book about physics and the Winter Olympics.”

The Red Ledger: What was your reaction to the women’s hockey final yesterday?

Voth: “I was very pleased. I celebrated very much.”

The Red Ledger: Final question, U.S. or Canadian donuts?

Voth: “There’s no comparison. Canadian donuts are a million times better.”