Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. emotionally react to a huge Olympic win Twitter/DaleJr

Just hours after the checkered flag waved at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on his way to the Olympics to cover the event for NBC. And from that moment on, it seems as if he has been enthralled by the experience.

Yet, his reaction to the U.S. women’s hockey team taking home the gold was downright epic.

“They did it,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “So cool to see this.”

And heck, Dale Jr. was in good company in the “losing his mind” department, as many in attendance shared their excitement over the big win, including the “Today” show’s Al Roker and Hoda Kotb.


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Dale Jr. has been more than happy to fill his fans in on the goings on at the Olympic Games, sharing a number of pics on his Instagram page of his Olympic adventures that have included everything from the snowboard competition, to skier Lindsey Vonn in her first downhill competition to short track speed skating, which he likened to “NASCAR on ice.”

Of course, while Dale Jr. looks as content as ever in his new role as a broadcaster in his professional life, he must be missing strapping into his car for a spin around the NASCAR track, right?

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Well, maybe, wrong.

“Everywhere I went, everything I did, I was thinking about the next race, even if it was two weeks away,” he said in a recent interview with the “Commercial Appeal.” “I just couldn’t enjoy myself. I couldn’t set that down and just leave it alone and go do whatever I wanted to do and disconnect from it. I would worry about my performance. Am I going to perform? Am I going to reach my expectations? Am I going to disappoint everyone?”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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