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What to Know About the Winter Olympics

Information behind the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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The destination of the 2018 Winter Olympics from above.

The destination of the 2018 Winter Olympics from above.

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The destination of the 2018 Winter Olympics from above.

Caleb Michael, Staff

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are nearing as athletes train in the Taebaek Mountains of South Korea. This location doesn’t only provide great land and just below freezing temperatures, but it also plays quite a role in politics. Here is a quick guide filled with useful tips and facts about the games starting on Thursday, February 8th to Monday the 28th.

The City.

The hosting city of the games, Pyeongchang, is very well prepared for the 2018 Winter Olympics from many perspectives from the athletes and spectators to the citizens and business owners.

The city recently opened up speed rail tracks for the KTX (Korean Train eXpress) from the capitol, Seoul, to Pyeongchang in December to take passengers both ways in less than an hour. This was very vital to hosting as Pyeongchang is pretty isolated.

This is the first time Korea has hosted the Olympics since the Summer Games were held in Seoul back in 1988.

Precaution and Political Tension.

The grounds for the events are only less than 50 miles from the demilitarized war zone separating North and South Korea. This distance, along with the very high tension between the U.S., South Korea, a U.S. ally, and Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, has caused over 36,000 foreigners to be stopped from entering the country and the government to conduct terror drills near the Olympic sites. Click here to see how they are preparing.

On January 9th, however, the minister of South Korea met with the North’s Head of Delegation to invite North Korea to participate in the 2018 Winter Games. It is hoped that this will lead to better relations between the quarreling neighbors.

New Events?

The 2018 Winter Games are introducing 4 new events this year including big air for snowboarders, freestyle skiing, mass start in speed skating, and mixed doubles in curling. These new additions were said by the IOC to add value, youth appeal, and gender equality to the games.

The Games Include:

  • 7 sports, 15 disciplines
  • 12 competition venues
  • 2,800 athletes
  • 102 medal events
  • 17 competition days
  • More than 85 National Olympic Committees
  • 92 competing nations
  • And 3 zones of venues in the neighboring counties Pyeongchang, Gangneung and Jeongseon

Find everything you need to know from the venues and times to info about the athletes here.

Live Broadcasting in All Time Zones.

For the first time ever, the Winter games will be broadcasted live in all time zones through the U.S. For the East, live coverage will start at 8 p.m. but replays will follow during the day on NBC.

Pyeongchang’s Mascot

Yes, Olympics do have mascots and they are not only particularly cute but have immense meaning this year. This years mascot is a White Tiger named Soohorang. As the guardian animal of South Korea, the species fits well and not to mention, its name comes from the Korean word “sooho,” which means protection. With this said, it is hoped that Soohorang will aid in keeping the games safe and sportsmanlike.  

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Caleb Michael, Staff
Hello, my name is Caleb Michael. I recently joined Telstar in second semester as a new student at Satellite High School. I also love to play violin, percussion, and run long distance.
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