A Beginner’s Guide to the Winter Olympics

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Ashley Garrett

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I usually hate the months of January and February; they’re just the fill-ins between Christmas and Easter.  The air is uncomfortably cold, the vegetation is dead, and everyone is getting sick.  Sure, there’s the Grammys and the Super Bowl and even Valentine’s Day, but do they make up for the overall dullness of the winter?  No, not really.  But every four years, there is something that brings a little bit of color to an otherwise drab season.  I’m talking about the Winter Olympics.

The Olympics are simply the best.  It is one of the few times that the people of our nation look past our differences to support each other.  It gives the world an opportunity for people of all nationalities to come together and compete, but in a friendly manner.  Yet I feel that the Winter Olympics are poorly advertised compared to the Summer Olympics.  Unless you have been keeping up with foreign politics, there is a very good chance you do not even know where the Olympics are being hosted.  If you’re in that boat, don’t worry, I got you.  Here is my “Beginner’s Guide to the Winter Olympics of 2018.”

 

Setting?

This year, the Winter Olympics will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   The games will begin on February 8, with an elaborate Opening Ceremony on February 9.  The Closing Ceremony will take place on February 25.

In Pyeongchang, it is currently absolutely freezing.  Temperatures have been reported to be about 6° Fahrenheit, but it feels colder with the wind chill.  Hopefully, athletes and audience members will be prepared for the weather, but these extremely low temperatures may pose some problems during the events.

 

Who Will be There?

When watching the Olympics, expect to see all of the nations that you usually see during the Olympic Games.  Well, everyone except Russia.  The Olympic Committee has banned Russia from being represented at Pyeongchang, because the Russian government has supplied its athletes with performance-enhancing drugs in past Olympic Games.  However, Russian athletes can still go to the games and compete, but they will not represent Russia.  This means that their uniforms will have no Russian decor, and the scores of those athletes will not be counted.

This year, North Korea will also be joining the rest of the world in the Olympic Games.  This has been a controversial decision among political leaders, but it has been decided that North Korea will be allowed to attend the Games.

The nations of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore will also compete in the Olympics for the first time.

 

What Events Occur During the Winter Olympics?

There will be fifteen events at the Winter Olympics.  Here is a list:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsledding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure skating
  • Freestyle skiing
  • Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic combined
  • Short track
  • Skeleton
  • Ski jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Speed skating

Will Anybody I Know Be Competing?

Unfortunately, fan-favorites of the Summer Olympics like Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas will not be competing in the Winter Olympics. But big names like Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn will definitely be there.

 

Hopefully, this guide has educated you and sparked an interest in the upcoming Olympic Games.  Tune in to NBC on February 8 for the first Olympic event (curling).  Go Team USA!!

 

 

Sources used:
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics-2018-dates-tv-schedule-opening-ceremony-how-to-live-stream-and-more-on-pyeongchang-a3759381.html
http://time.com/4932670/2018-winter-olympics-when-where/
https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/ioc-bans-russia-from-2018-winter-olympics-over-doping-scandal/
https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/2018-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-dates-athletes-and-everything-you-need-to-know/
https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/news/6-new-national-olympic-committees-welcomed-to-winter-olympics-for-the-first-time
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