Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

By: Bailey Baldwin
Edited By: Cassidy Morrell
(National/Global)

     As you may know, every other year, athletes around the world get together to compete for fame, glory, and medals. This global competition is called the Olympics, and we have one coming up not too far from now over in South Korea. The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics started on February 9th and is coming to an end on February 25th. It’s officially the 51st games since its first appearance in the Athens in 1896.
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Logo
Athens 1896 Summer Olympic Games Logo
     There are some very unique things happening in this year’s Olympics, the first being North and South Korea putting down their weapons of war and joining together to become one team for the winter games. Russia has also been found of a huge doping scandal, banning them from this winter games and forcing those who were not guilty of using drugs to compete at these winter games under a neutral name. 
     The opening ceremony was on Friday, February 9th, but sporting events started as early as Wednesday, the 7th. So far, there have been 48 medals given out, as 16 sports have finished up competitions for medals. These sports include Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Luge, Short Track Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating. The country currently with the most medals is Norway with 8, but Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands are in hot pursuit, each with 6 medals.
     In the end, no matter who wins, the Olympics is a time to celebrate our differences and come together in a reunion of Earth. The tension between countries is being set aside, even just for two weeks, in order to grant everyone with a welcoming feel as we watch athletes from all over the world use their time to shine. I know I absolutely cannot wait for what is still in store, and I’m excited to watch the world come together for the next two weeks.

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