The Winter Olympics are here! On February 9th, the Olympic flame will reach PyeongChang, South Korea. There will be a huge opening ceremony with thousands of athletes from 90 countries. These amazing men and women will compete for 17 days across 15 sports.
Fun facts leading up to the Games:
- 6 countries will participate in the Olympics for the first time, namely Equador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
- This year there will be more than 100 events. This includes new events in alpine skiing, curling, mass start speed skating and big air snowboarding.
- North Korea and South Korea will march under the same flag and their Women’s Hockey team will include players from both countries.
- Russia hosted the last Winter Olympics in 2014. Since then the International Olympics Committe has banned Russia from participating in the games. After an investigation they found that Russian athletes cheated by using performance enhancing drugs. Russia has announced they they will send athletes to the games. These athletes will compete as “Olympic athletes from Russia.” They will not be able to carry the Russian Flag or play the national anthem.
- This year’s games are expected to be the coldest in more than 20 years. Temperatures are forecast to fall to -15C (5F) in the first few days. Brrr…..
Stay tuned in to every day to learn about the 15 disciplines at the Games. We will start with the skiing events tomorrow!
Which Country has won the most medals in history of the Winter Olympics?
Norway has the most with 329 medals including 118 Gold medals. The United States is in the second place with 282 medals of which 96 are gold.