Winter Olympics Held in PyeongChang

The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner, starting in less than a month on February 9th, and going until the 25th. The host city is PyeongChang, South Korea, where 102 events would be held. There will be 7 different sports in 15 disciplines, ranging from bobsledding to luge. This Winter Olympic season, there will actually be 6 new events: men and women’s snowboard big air, men and women’s speed skating mass start, curling mixed doubles and the Alpine team event. With these 6 new events taking place in less than a month, there will now be 102 “gold medal events,” the highest number of events in any Winter Olympics taken place so far. It will truly be a global event since approximately 90 different countries would be competing at the games. A total of 259 medals would be up for grabs for the athletes, all created by South Korean designer Lee Suk-woo. Suk-woo made sure the medals reflect the culture of South Korea, designing the medals to have diagonal “lines” running across them, “inspired by the texture of tree trunks” as well as reflecting the history of Olympics and the determination the athletes have. The teal ribbon that the medal hangs from is made from gapsa, a traditional South Korean fabric. The white torch with gold details that is being used in the torch relay has a lot of significance as well. The torch is exactly “700 mm in length, representing the altitude of PyeongChang, which is 700 meters above sea level”. There is a five-angled shape the flame has which is based on the Korean symbol of PyeongChang, as well as reflecting the spirit of sports. It is believed that we, no matter of our race, religion, gender, or culture, are all united through sports as we all share the common feeling of passion for them. The mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics is a white tiger named Soohorang, reflecting the vision PyeongChang has for this Winter Olympics: “to offer the Olympic movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons” by creating a “legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before”. It is believed that these winter games will introduce the world of winter sports to new and young generations. Make sure you don’t miss out next month for an exciting few weeks of sports and action in the Olympics!

– Katie Chen ’20

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