Things you should know about the Winter Olympics

It’s official! This weekend the Olympic Winter Games will be inaugurated which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hundreds of athletes and Olympic fans will meet in that city and after months of effort and dedication they will arrive at the competition to give the best of them and win a few medals that will raise the name of their country.

The games will be from 9 to 24 February and will feature 102 competitions of 15 different sports such as: cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, figure skating, biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, freestyle skiing, luge, Nordic combined, snowboarding, speed skating in Short track, skeleton, ski jumps, ice hockey and speed skating.

Although these games are usually less known and do not have the boom that the Olympics or the World Cup, this is the twenty-third edition after its first appearance in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Do you want to know more about them? Here we tell you some facts.

Things you should know about the Winter Olympics

  1. Its name was not always the Winter Olympics; at first it was called “the International Winter Sports Week” because the Scandinavian countries wanted to keep the Nordic games.
  2. 2018 is the first year that qualifies more than 1 Mexican athlete. There will be three athletes who will put on high the name of Mexico.
  3. Games have been held in the following places: Chamonix (France), Saint-Moritz (Switzerland), Lake Placid (USA), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) ), Squaw Valley (USA), Innsbruck (Austria), Grenoble (France), Sapporo (Japan), Sarajevo (Yugoslavia), Calgary (Canada), Albertville (France), Lillehammer (Norway), Nagano (Japan), Salt Lake City, Turin (Italy), Vancouver, Sochi (Russia).
  4. Due to the games, a high-speed train was created that will go from Seoul to PyeongChang. It usually takes around 2.5 hours. However, from now on it will take around 69 minutes.
  5. There will be two pets this year: ‘Soohorang’ and ‘Bandabi’, a white tiger and a black bear. ‘Soohorang’, refers to the ‘protection’ and traditional music of Gangwon. While ‘Bandabi’, it represents the ‘half moon’ and the celebration of the Olympic Games.
  6. The anti-doping system will be just as safe and high as in Sochi. Recall that during that edition, Russia lost 13 of its 33 won medals and in the ranking it fell from first place to fourth in the medal table.
  7. The medals are inspired by the Korean culture and were woven with a characteristic fabric of the area. The material is called spend and is used to make Hanbok’s traditional clothing. In addition, its shape is inspired by the texture of the trees of the place.
  8. In PyeongChang will also be held the twelfth Paralympic Winter Games. These will be from 9 to 18 March 2018.

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