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The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics will held in PyeongChang, South Korea

The Winter Olympics will held in PyeongChang, South Korea

The Winter Olympics will held in PyeongChang, South Korea

The Winter Olympics will held in PyeongChang, South Korea

Lauren Fels, Staff Reporter

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It is time for the Winter Olympics again. On average, many people do not know the actual details of this event and what it entails. The 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 9th-25th. This will be the second time South Korea is hosting the Olympics.

This year, there are four new events that have been added. Athletes can now compete in big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating, and mixed doubles curling. Overall, there are seven main sports- bobsledding, ice hockey, curling, biathlon, luge, skating, and skiing. Amongst the seven there are fifteen more detailed events such as mixed doubles curling.

There are a 102 medals in total that are able to be won. This year, the medals have several diagonal lines on them that are supposed to resemble the texture of a tree trunk. This symbolizes “the work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the games themselves.”

Senior Tina Dang said, “I am excited to watch the Winter Olympics this year because there are many added events and I am sure there will be some conflict since North Korea will have several athletes in South Korea.”  North Korea will be sending over twenty-two athletes but it has been assured that all will remain safe.  The two countries will actually be walking under the Korean unification flag in the opening ceremony. There will also be a joint women’s hockey team for the nations. Some say it will be an emotional moment while others say it will cause conflict.

Despite political issues, the Winter Olympics is a time to watch these talented athletes do what they do best while rooting on a country of choice.

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