Hey Everyone, you probably know the Winter Olympics are fast approaching, though you may not know what all Winter Sports are represented in the Olympics and other bits of information.
This year the Winter Olympics will be held Feb 9, 2018 to Feb 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
The Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang’s Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. local time. The opening ceremony will air at 6 a.m. ET in the United States.
Olympic enthusiasts can watch the Opening Ceremony live using NBC Olympics’ website and the NBC Sports app. There will be a U.S. primetime broadcast at 8 p.m. ET hosted by Katie Couric and Mike Tirico.
At the Opening Ceremony, all athletes will march into the stadium during the Parade of Nations. This year’s opening ceremony will celebrate Korean culture with possible K-pop performances with a theme of peace, history and modern culture. North Korea agreed to parade with South Korea under one flag.
The U.S. delegation will be led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Sports in Winter Olympics 2018
What to watch for as Team USA competes in each sport
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin
Three-time Olympian Lowell Bailey will try to secure Team USA’s first-ever Olympic biathlon medal
Elena Meyers Taylor is hoping to lead the women’s bobsleigh team to a medal.
World champion Jessie Diggins is leading the USA team after landing fifth in this seasons world cup standings.
Four-time Olympian John Shuster will be a skip, his teammate Joe Polo will be competing.
Nathan Chen is the one to watch for Team USA. Other figure skaters to watch: Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani. They are 2017 world bronze medalists and two-time U.S. champions in ice dance hoping to follow Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s historic gold in Sochi in 2014.
FreeStyle Skiing This new sport to Winter Olympics in 2014 will have many Team USA athletes to watch, main one being Gus Kenworthy
Easy, cheer for Team USA!
Long Track Speed Skating
This has long been a USA stronghold when it comes to the Winter Olympics. With many returning athletes will hope they can still be a major strong hold.
Erin Hamlin one to keep an eye on. Hamlin is two-time world champion. Hamlin wants the Gold.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo., are two dominant figures in the Winter Olympic sport for Team USA. The brothers are both former Olympians and were on the U.S.’s 2013 world championship team, which won the bronze medal.
Short Track Speed Skating
World record holder and Olympics medalist J.R. Celski will lead the U.S. men’s team for short track speed skating in Pyeongchang. On the women’s side, 17-year-old Maame Biney already made history in December as the first black woman to qualify for the short track speed skating U.S. Olympic Team. She won bronze in the women’s 500m at the 2016-17 Short Track Junior World Championship.
Matthew Antoine slides back into Olympic competition after earning bronze in Sochi in 2014 and completing several years of successful international appearances.
With a successful 2015-16 season, Annie O’Shea became the fastest of the women’s team and is poised to be one to watch in Pyeongchang. Olympian Katie Uhlaender is also trying to best her fourth-place finish in Sochi.
We have always thought this was a cool one. 2013 world champion Sarah Hendrickson is the only member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team in ski jumping returning in 2018.
Chloe Kim, 17, easily secured her spot on Team USA in December. The California-based snowboarder was the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a competition last year and sits at the top of world rankings for the sport. She’s a favorite to win gold in the halfpipe event in Pyeongchang.
The city is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Time.
How to watch
NBC plus NBCSN are how to mainly watch it. Along with nbcolympics.com for free streaming.
How many countries will participate in the Winter Olympics 2018
A total of 92 countries are expected to compete in this Winter Olympics. Six new countries will participate this year, they are, Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
Side note information
South Korea is the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the country is using their time in the spotlight to help ease tensions with their volatile neighbor, North Korea. The two countries plan to march under the Korean Unification Flag at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, according to CNN. While both North Korea and South Korea have athletes competing for the respective countries, the bordering nations also banded together to create a women’s hockey team that will play under the Korea Unification Flag. Not only is the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics breaking participation records, but it’s also aiding in this diplomatic breakthrough. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between these two countries evolves after the Games are over.
The Russian thing when it comes to the Olympics
The Olympic heavyweight country was found guilty of hiding steroid use during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, according to The New York Times. That resulted in a lifetime Olympic ban for those found guilty of being involved in the scandal, and the entire country of Russia is banned from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Thankfully, there is a way for the hardworking Olympic athletes in Russia who weren’t found guilty of using steroids to compete in PyeongChang. While the Russian national anthem and Russian flag will be absent from the games, clean Russian athletes can participate in their respective sports under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) flag.
USA is always strong in the Winter Olympics and remember though there is some stiff competition from some of the other countries. We know Team USA will be giving it all to get the Gold medals as they always do, and we will be inspired by what we see.
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