2018 Winter Olympics

Written by Maya B.

Every two years, the Winter Olympics are held in a city somewhere around the world. This year’s Olympics were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and I am here to keep you updated on all the details about this year’s Olympics and history of past Olympic games. 

This year’s winter Olympics are a huge turning point in history, because this year during the opening ceremony, North Korea and South Korea marched in as one country. This is such a historical event, because the two countries have had tension between each other for years, even now. Now that we see that both countries marched together as one in the opening ceremony, everyone hopes that in the future, they could both be one.  

The Winter Olympics occur once every two years, the first one being held on January 25th, 1924. Before 1992, the Winter Olympics were held every four years from 1924-1926, then they stopped after that until 1948, because of World War II. After 1992, the Winter Olympics have been held every two years ever since. Two years ago, the 2016 Winter Olympics weren’t held, because the Summer Olympics were held in the same year. 

The sports included in the Winter Olympics competitions are: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsledding, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating. There are 15 in total. This year’s Winter Olympics lasted from February 9th  to February 25th, 2018. Ninety-two countries are participating this year. As of February 12th, 2018, the country with the most medals was Norway, with 9 medals in total (2 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze.) In second place was Germany with 7 medals in total (4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze), and in third place was Canada with 7 medals as well. (2 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze.) Every time any Olympic game is held, the medals will have elements of the country hosting it somewhere in the medal. According to the official Olympics website, they put the Korean alphabet into the medals, and they made 259 sets of the medals. Here’s how they look:  

As of the end of the Olympics (February 25th, 2018) The top three countries with the most medals were: Norway with 39 in total. (14 gold, 14 silver, and 11 bronze), Germany with 31 in total (14 gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze), and Canada with 29 in total (11 gold, 8 silver, and 10 bronze). 

This is the first time that South Korea is hosting the Winter Olympics, although they hosted the summer games in 1988 in Seoul. The South Korean currency is called Won. The Symbol is ₩. The time difference between New York and PyeongChang, South Korea is 14 hours. In the winter, it is usually cold there, which is probably why it was chosen to host this year’s Olympics, because you need high mountains and snow for skiers, bobsleds, etc. and a cold climate for the other competitors. The Opening Ceremony was, as always, a spectacular show. It featured many aspects of Korean culture, the Parade of Nations, and the lighting of the Olympic flame. This year, Russia was banned from the Olympics, because over 1,000 athletes were found using drugs to enhance their performance. But those who were from Russia that wanted to take part in the games competed under the flag of the Olympic Athletes from Russia. They used the Olympic flag instead of the Russian flag to represent their team. The Closing ceremony happened on February 25th, 2018. It included a giant EDM dance party, and the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, to signify that the games have ended.