The Olympics tend to draw the attention of viewers all over the world, and this year proves no different with 3.6 billion people tuned in every minute. Each year the Olympic Games have progressively added new events and grown to crowd sizes larger than before. Though three cities (Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang) were proposed as host countries, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea on Feb. 9. This will mark the country’s first year hosting any Olympic event as they won with a 38-vote lead over Munich’s 25 and Annecy’s 7 votes.
History of the Olympic Games dates back to Ancient Greece when wrestling and long jump were the main events; however, with the introduction of modern games beginning in 1892, the games now include a range of sports. While 42 sports are featured during the summer, only 15 are featured at the winter Games; the medals are limited, which makes the competition fierce and the rivalry stronger than ever. With gold shining on the first-place platform, teams from 92 nations have formed to bring home glory and honor to their countries. This year, figure skating and speed skating are expected to race their way to the most watched events of the games, followed by the snowboard and ski jump events.
With power teams returning, it is tough to say exactly which team will place where. Though, it is predicted that Canada will place favorably in four figure skating events, one being the ice dance collection as team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir return for the third time. The team hopes to place gold in both singles events and the pair skate event with multiple competitors in each discipline. Another team to watch for is our nation, who will be returning with Shaun White participating in the men’s halfpipe, and Jamie Anderson in the women’s snowboard slopestyle.
Surprisingly, these winter Olympics bring forth a combined effort of the hosting nation (South Korea) and its northern counterpart (North Korea). Normally each Korean country marches on their own for the opening ceremony, but this year they will march together as one team and create a joint women’s ice hockey team. This is not the first time the two countries have come together, but the news shocked fans and earned comments from major figures like the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia.
The 2018 winter Olympics looks promising with several headlining nations competing for gold and several smaller nations hoping to put themselves on the map. In two years, the Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan for the summer season with new changes added to the 2020 agenda.