Olympics are the leading tournament across the world with more than 200 nations taking part in it. The event takes place separately in winter and summer after every four years. Athletes from all the participating countries take part in these games and try to enlighten the name of their countries. Summer and winter Olympics take place separately after two years alternatively. This year’s winter Olympics are in progress nowadays. PyeongChang, a South Korean city is hosting these winter Olympics 2018. Due to it being the most awaited and anticipating tournament, people want to know everything about the tournament. This article will let you know the ten things that everyone wants to know about this year’s winter Olympics.
1-Which Sports are there in these Olympics?
The first and the most important thing that you need to know about 2018 winter Olympics are the games included in these Olympics games. There are a lot of traditional games like figure skating, ice hockey, skeleton, ski jumping, and many other games that have been played. Along with these traditional games, many new games have also been played in these winter Olympics.
2-The Unified Korean Ice Hockey Team
The second very astonishing thing that you need to know about these winter Olympics is the combined ice hockey team of Korea. In spite of a lot of tensions between North Korea and South Korea, the combined ice hockey team of both the counterparts has taken part in these winter Olympics. We can even hope that these winter Olympics may melt the snow of tensions among the two neighboring countries.
3-North Korean Athletes Taking Part in these Olympics
The next very important thing you need to know about winter Olympics 2018 is that North Korean athletes are also taking part in these games. Until December 2017, there were no hopes that North Korean athletes will take part in these games. But, more than 10 athletes from North Korea are taking part in these games under their own country’s flag. This has decreased the tension among the two neighbors. Earlier, both the countries were at the verge of war.
4-Obscure Sports are back
You also need to know that many of the obscure sports are back in winter Olympics 2018. About 15 obscure sports like skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating are being played in these Olympic Games. Only one thing you need to worry is the time difference of Pyeongchang with other cities of the world. You may have to get up early and wake till late night to enjoy all these traditional as well as obscure games.
5-Familiar US Athletes are back
It is quite interesting to note that many familiar athletes from United States are taking part in these games. Five gold medalists of 2014 winter Olympics are taking part in 2018 Olympics. Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn are taking part in these games. Both these are gold medalists and taking part in their fifth and four Olympic games respectively.
6-Ban on Russia
Russia is facing ban in these Olympics because the country has broken anti doping rules. However, the tournament committee has not banned the Russian Athletes from taking part in the games provided that they have passed anti-doping test. Now, the athletes from Russia are taking part in these games under the banner of Olympics.
7-NHL Players are not in 2018 Olympics
The most saddening news about 2018 winter Olympics that you need to know that NHL players have not taken part in these Olympic Games. This means that the Winter Olympic 2018 is deprived of big names of hockey. Instead, amateur players are on the world stage. Since 1998, this is the first time that NHL players are not playing in Olympic Games.
8-Look of Winter Olympic Medals
The design and texture of 2018 winter Olympics is innovative and looks like tree trunk. It has about 580 grams weight and stands for Korean cultural development. On the face of the Olympic medal, there are diagonal lines along with Korean Alphabetical consonants. The number of medals prepared for the event is about 259.
9-Watching 2018 Winter Olympics
The Olympic Games 2018 will live stream on BBC TV, Eurosport, and all other digital platforms across UK and USA. Time difference between Pyeongchang and major UK and USA cities will be critical for watching these games live. Pyeongchang has time difference of about 9+ hours from UK cities and 14+ hours from American cities. Thus, you need to wake early and sleep at late nights to be able to watch the games.
10-Next Winter Olympics
Last but not least you also need to know about the next destination of winter Olympics. Beijing will host the next winter Olympics in 2022. These winter Olympics are 23rd winter Olympics and the next would be the 24th.