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2018 Winter Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Olympics was held in PyeongChang, South Korea, February 9 through February 25. It was the 23rd Winter Olympics. Approximately 90 countries participated in the Olympics, Russia being excluded for its doping ban. However, the athletes of Russia were allowed to compete independently if found to be clean.

Participants from the U.S. will be competing with other countries for gold, silver, and bronze. Shaun White, who is a local favorite, competed in a qualifier for snowboarding in the Olympics. The qualifier did not occur until January 13. After getting 14th place in a 12-player cutoff, Shaun White scored a perfect 100 in the halftime qualifier and advanced to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

In the Winter Olympics, Shaun White for the United States achieved gold in snowboarding halfpipe, and Redmond Gerard for the United States achieved gold in slopestyle. The U.S women’s hockey team won gold in hockey against Canada. The U.S Olympic team achieved 4th place in total metals, below Canada, Germany, and Norway. The U.S Olympic team ended up bringing 23 total medals; 9 golds, 8 silvers, and 6 bronzes.

The United States was in a predicament as to whether to go because of the location’s proximity to North Korea. North Korea and South Korea have agreed to send a North Korean delegation to the 2018 Olympics under one, united Korean flag.

The Olympics costed $10 billion, five times less than Sochi’s Winter Olympics, and handed out 102 medals, which is a record, in 15 different sports. It was the first time the event was live in all U.S. time zones. This year’s Olympics has the first African women ever to compete in it, representing Nigeria’s first Olympic team in the sport of bobsledding.

The 15 sports that were in the Olympics were alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating.

Students at Saint John School shared their thoughts on this year’s Winter Olympics, as well as their favorite events and people to watch.

In Mrs. Mohan’s Sixth grade class Christian Mallard said, “[I like the Winter Olympics] because it’s sporty. I like skiing and snowboarding. I like the awards ceremony because [the Olympians] all get happy.”

Also in Mrs. Mohan’s sixth grade class, Jake Watson stated, “I don’t pay attention to it really, but I like sports. I have not seen it before.”

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2018 Winter Olympics