2018 Winter Olympics Review

Julianna Tague, Staff writer

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Alongside performances by K-Pop artists, elaborate dance routines from women dressed in traditional Korean garb, and programmed drones by Intel, Moon Jae-In, the president of South Korea, officially opened the twenty-third Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. History was made during the past two weeks of events in many respects.

 

Tension was high during events before the opening ceremonies, as relations between North and South Korea have been rather cold in recent decades, to say the least. The world waited on the edge of their seats to see what exactly leaders of the two countries would do to resolve their issues for the sake of the Games, if anything at all. Their inquisitions were answered as athletes from North and South Korea walked into the Olympic stadium during the Parade of Nations under one name: Korea. Carrying a joint flag with an outline of the entire Korean Peninsula were Won Yun-jong of South Korea and Hwang Chung-gum of North Korea. The Korean athletes proceeded to compete under one flag for the rest of the Games, and officials from both North and South Korea worked to repair relations between their nations. This show of unity removed worries of North Korean terror attacks on PyeongChang and provided a glimpse of hope for the ease of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

 

The United States boasts several history-making performances in a varying spread of sports. Halfpipe snowboarder Chloe Kim took home gold at the age of seventeen, becoming the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal. In addition, cross-country skier Jessie Diggins anchored the women’s relay and put up an incredible fight against Stina Nilsson of Sweden, inching ahead to take the win in the last few tenths of a second of the race. 22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail, Colorado took gold in both the women’s giant slalom and women’s combined alpine skiing events. Skiing alongside her was 33-year-old Lindsey Vonn, who took bronze in her last Olympic event, stating that her ski was for her grandfather, whose ashes she had recently scattered.

 

Overall, the United State, with a grand total of 23 medals, nine being gold, came fourth in the international count; Norway boasts a total of 39, with Germany and Canada coming just short with 31 and 29 total medals. It’s evident that, from the opening ceremony to the closing, athletes from around the world were able to share their stories and were proud to compete at the Olympic level. Stay tuned for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Beijing!

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