2018 Olympics Just around the Corner

Posted on February 5, 2018 by

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. Here’s what to expect!

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from 8 February 2018 to 25 February 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. There are about 90 nations competing in 15 sports for the 102 medals up for grabs. This is the first time in 30 years that South Korea will hold the Olympics. Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.

Some Winter Olympic sports include the following: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed racing, bobsledding, and more. Games will be broadcast on NBC. South Korea is 14 hours ahead of the eastern coast of the US and 17 hours ahead of the western coast. So, if you want to watch things unfold live, you need to plan ahead.

Among the competing countries, it was announced that Russia will be banned from the 2018 Winter Games because of doping scandals. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did allow Russian athletes who can prove themselves to be innocent to compete in South Korea, but they’ll be doing so under a neutral flag with the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia.”

This week, however, the ban was overturned.

North Korea will also be sending a delegation to South Korea to compete in unity with the South Koreans under a neutral flag with the depiction of the Korean Peninsula.

The mascot for the PyeongChang games is a white tiger named “Soohorang.” “Sooho” comes from the Korean word for protection, while “rang” comes from the middle letter of “”Ho-rang-i,” the word for “tiger.” It is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” which is a traditional folk song from the Gangwon Province, which is where the games will be held.

After South Korea, Beijing will hold the next Summer Olympics in 2022.

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