The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics

Yasmine Correa and Ruby Carter

The Winter Olympics are here and there are 95 different countries competing in a variety of sports. Some of the contestants that were competing are Australia, Austria, Ecuador, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and many more. The Winter Olympics begin on February 9th and close on February 25th in 2018. The hosting city is located in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. Did you know that horses and dogs once participated in the Winter Games?

Every two years the winter olympics are held in a different place for all of the countries to compete in different sports. Countries from all around the globe compete in games to win a medal of some kind. The athletes from each country compete in different winter olympic sports, the most popular being figure skating, skiing, and ice hockey.

The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. 250 athletes coming from 16 nations competed in the 16 events of the first Winter Olympics. In 1972, the Winter Olympic Games were the first to be held outside of Europe or North America. They were held in Sapporo, Japan. Since then the Winter Olympic Games have been held in a variety of counties.

Winning an olympic medal is an amazing feat for some athletes. “An Olympic medal is the greatest achievement and honor that can be received by an athlete. I would swap any world title to have won gold at the winter olympics,” said Jeff Fenech. Many athletes aim to win an Olympic medal at least once in there lives.

To learn more about this years Winter Olympic Games visit https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/general/competition-schedule.htm.