By Luke C.
Swish, swish. That will be the sound of the skis coming down the slopes of South Korea’s mountains in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. But what is this event exactly?
The Winter Olympics are a collection of winter sports that happen every four years in a city designated by the International Olympic Committee, or IOC. The sports are Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating (different from Short Track Speed Skating).
PyeongChang is a city in the Gangwon province of South Korea, which is in the northeast corner of the nation and is home to multiple ski resorts, due to its mountainous terrain.
The site for the 2018 Winter Olympics was chosen on July 6, 2011, by the IOC and a majority of votes, or 63 out of 95 total votes. It was chosen over Munich, Germany (25 votes) and Annecy, France (7 votes).
The games will be at two main clusters, one in PyeongChang, near the mountains. The other is at Gangneung, near the coast.
There will be many new and returning athletes, including Chloe Kim, 17 in the Snowboard competition. She is the youngest member of team USA, and was also the youngest woman to land back to back 1080s, or three full spins. Another is Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway in the Biathlon competition.
88 nations will be competing. However, Russia is banned from competing, due to a government-sponsored doping scandal. Russian athletes who have passed the test, however, will be able to compete, just under the Olympic flag.
The games start from Thursday, February 8 and will end on Sunday, February 25, with the opening ceremonies on February 9 and the curling competitions starting on the 8th. NBC Sports and internet platforms will live stream all of the events, so you don’t have to worry about timed delays.
So to all of the athletes participating in this year’s Winter Olympics, we congratulate your dedication to your respective sport. Team USA, we will be rooting for you!
For more information, go to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/index.