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We all enjoy spending our time every four years sitting down on our couches and watching the best athletes in the world compete against each other in events ranging from sprints to archery to shot put and discus during the Summer Olympics, but did you know that right now you can go home and watch more of the best athletes in the world compete? The Winter Olympics take place every four years, staggered two years from the Summer Olympics, in various countries. The first Winter Olympic Games was held in Chamonix, France in 1924 and have continued throughout the years except for the cancelled games in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II.

This year’s Winter Olympic Games is being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, a location that at first seemed sketchy to many people due to the close proximity to North Korea, a potentially nuclear danger to the citizens and visitors to South Korea and a prime time to bomb the country with so many people there. Nevertheless, the world has persisted and held the games, keeping with their strong and lasting tradition. This is South Korea’s first year hosting the Winter Games and they strive to hold the best Olympics to their abilities as the games continue to grow and prosper.

The games were officially opened on February 9th, 2018, by South Korea’s president, President Moon Jae-In. They will continue until the closing ceremony which will be held on February 25th. A wide range of countries come to the games. In fact, 92 nations and a total of 2,920 athletes compete throughout the span of a few weeks that the games take place. These athletes will compete in the total of 102 events that encompass the 7 sports with 15 disciplines that are to be played. These sports include alpine skiing, the biathlon, bobsleighing, curling, skating, hockey, and the luge with many sub-areas.

The previous games took place in Sochi, Russia in 2014 while the following Olympics will be held in Beijing, China in 2022. The last time that the games were held in the United States was in 2002 when the games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. So far, only countries located primarily in the northern hemisphere of the world have hosted the Winter Olympiad, the main reason being lack of athletes in southern, warmer countries. Still, even some of the warmest countries have athletes that compete in the games. For example, Jamaica has continued to produce several bobsledders over the years even though they don’t have any snow in the country where they can practice. These athletes overcome great obstacles to compete for their countries.

Our own state of Indiana even has some of its own representation. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Goepper, now a 23 year old, took bronze four years ago in the Sochi Games in Russia, and this year his eyes are set on the prize, quoting, “I came here for nothing less than gold.” He has a lot of family and supporters with him as he once again tries to place on the podium. He will participate of February 18th for both the preliminary and final rounds of freestyle skiing after successfully making the U.S. squad. Make sure to turn on your TV to support Indiana’s own!

All of the athletes involved are the most elite in the entire world, but often times people don’t watch the Winter Olympics as much as they watch the Summer Olympics. These athletes spend their entire lives training in these events where they showcase their skills for both their home country and the rest of the world. Make sure to turn on your television and flip through your channels so you can find these athletes and let them entertain you with their amazing skills and their amazing abilities.

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4 Responses to “PyeongChang 2018”

  1. Westin Miller on February 14th, 2018 9:19 pm

    Awesome article Hayden! I am one who enjoys watching the Winter Olympics over the Summer Olympics. I enjoy the Winter Olympics because they are sports that are unique. We don’t witness them on a regular basis like we do with the Summer Olympic sports. My favorite sport is by far the biathlon. It takes a true marksman to win the competition.

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  2. Brady Johnson on February 15th, 2018 8:18 am

    Nice Article Hayden! I really enjoy watching these games every two years. I like how explained the history of the games and when they began. Good work!

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  3. Dixon Collins on February 15th, 2018 8:41 am

    I can’t wait to watch the Olympics each night. It’s nice to have a representative from Indiana competing in the Olympics. As you said, many people are on their toes being next door to North Korea. Great article!

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  4. jpric71 on February 21st, 2018 3:04 pm

    I don’t know much about the games. This article helped me understand a lot more. I was wondering about how the games were held consistently with wars. Great article!

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