What to expect at 2018’s Winter Olympics


After a four year wait, the Winter Olympics are here.

By Lara Onuk and Aisha Siddiqui

The new year brings many new memories for numerous amounts of people all over the world. It has been a total of four years since the 2014 Sochi Olympics held in Russia. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. This is the first time in 30 years that Korea has hosted the Olympics. With athletes preparing from all around the world, the events will begin February 8th and continue on until the 25th. For those who are interested in watching, NBC will be broadcasting the Games on all of their platforms so U.S. time zones will have access to live coverage, instead of a delayed replay.

“I plan on watching the Games this year because I never really have before,” Tina Scura commented.

Although the Summer Games have over 100 different sports, the Winter Olympics only has 15. The include alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, biathlon, ski jumping, snowboarding, and Nordic combined, will all be taking place on the slopes. Over on the ice, there will be ice hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating, curling, as well as regular speed skating. And the last three sports, which are sliding sports, include bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge.

“I’m really looking forward to watching Mikaela Shiffrin, I’ve watched her ski multiple times and she’s amazing!” said Kendra Levendusky.

American World Cup Skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, who took home a top prize at 18 to become the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, has been called the “the best slalom skier in the world.” In Pyeongchang, she’ll be attempting to become the first person of any gender to repeat as Olympic slalom champion.

The total cost for the Games will be just over $10 billion. The stadium where the events will take place has a 50,000 capacity itself. And with 102 medals being up to grab this Winter Olympics, it is something that should definitely be watched!