While winter seems to be over, and high temperatures are abundant here in Arizona, the Winter Olympics are just kicking off!
The XXIII Olympics Winter Games are being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. This will be South Korea’s second time hosting the Olympic Games, but its first time hosting the Winter Games. The events will take place February 9 through February 25 this year. According to www.pyeongchang2018.com, 102 events from the following fifteen sports will be featured: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsledding, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating. At the start of February, a total of 95 teams have qualified at least one athlete and six nations will make their Winter Olympic debuts this year. Originally, only 258 athletes (247 men and 11 women) from 16 countries participated in the 1924 “International Winter Sports Week”. The opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics were held on January 25, 1924 in the Alpine village of Chamonix, France. Norway and Finland dominated the games, together winning 28 of the 43 medals awarded. The United States and Great Britain won four medals each.
The first Winter Olympics had a hand in one of the most unexpected athlete stories of all time. American ski jumper Anders Haugen came in fourth place in his event in the 1924 games, but was awarded a bronze medal 50 years later in 1974, when a mathematical error in the records was discovered! No doubt 2018’s Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang County will have some crazy things happen also, hand-in-hand with athletes making history.
By Rebecca Wood
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