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2018 Winter Olympics highlights

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The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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An experience that all cultures share is the love of sports and competition. Originated as an old Greek tradition, the Olympics are an international sporting event in which nations compete to go for the gold, silver and bronze medals. The winter Olympics focus on sports played on snow and ice, which include skiing, bobsledding, figure skating, luge, ice hockey, curling, and more variations of these sports. There were many notable events in this year’s winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Opening Ceremony this year began with a historical showing of peace. North Korea and South Korea marched together under one flag, depicting a unified country. Many cheered at this display of reunification, but some South Koreans opposed the idea. Also of note, was  United States Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to stand at the peaceful display. Though it seems counterintuitive to President Donald Trump’s claim that he supported the peace talks between North Korea and South Korea, Vice President Pence refused to stand until Team United States came out.

Another interesting flag that was paraded was a generic flag with the five-ringed Olympic logo. The interest was not in the flag itself, but rather that it was carried by Russia’s team in place of the flag of Russia. Additionally, the team was not heralded as Team Russia, but as Olympic Athletes from Russia. Because of a doping scandal from four years ago, Russia was barred from participating as a country this year. As for the technological aspect of the Opening Ceremony, many were mesmerized by the light formations made by the drones.

In addition to having international participation, many around the world enjoy watching the Olympics for its competition and its spectacles. Ashley Alegria, senior, especially enjoyed watching figure skating. “I think it’s very beautiful and interesting to watch,” she said, “My family and I were sitting at the edge of our seats.” She rooted for the United States’ Nathan Chen, but also enjoyed watching the performances of Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who won the gold medal for Men’s single skating. Other highlights from figure skating were the 15-year-old Russian contestant, Alina Zagitova, who won gold in women’s single skating, and Mirai Nagasu, the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

In women’s ice hockey, Team USA was able to bring home the gold against the four-time defending champion Team Canada for the first time since 1998. The teams played into overtime, both with scores of 2-2. The game ended when the United States’ Jocelyne Lamoureux hit the final goal, securing the first USA gold in ice hockey in 20 years. On the men’s side of ice hockey, the Olympic athletes from Russia won the gold, followed by Germany with silver and Canada with bronze.

This year’s Olympics featured many contestants who would be considered part of Generation Z. The children of the technological age made their impressive debut in the Winter Olympics; Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old snowboarder for team USA, won Olympic gold in Women’s Halfpipe after gaining attention with her tweets about ice cream during her qualifying runs. Red Gerard, another 17-year-old American snowboarder, woke up late on competition day after a night binge watching Netflix, then proceeded to win USA’s first gold medal of the games.

At the end of the competition, Norway ended up with the most amount of medals in all three tiers. The final medals count for each country can be found here

Olympic medal winners can be found here

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