2018 Winter Olympics: Unity among Tension

Samhita Pendyal

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The world gathers around their television screen every four years to watch an international winter sporting event that includes participants from 92 countries. The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea and lasted from Feb 9 to Feb 25 and involved 102 events in fifteen sports. This Olympics saw the addition of big air snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing.
The country with the largest number of athletes was the United States, with 244 athletes. The following countries are participating for the first time: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Singapore. In contrast, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have participated in every single Winter and Summer Olympics since modern times.
The 2018 Olympics started out with some mounting tension due to the ongoing disagreements between North and South Korea, such as the missile crisis. The tensions were temporarily set to the side as North and South Korea marched under one Korea and had their women’s hockey team play as one joint team. Kim Jon Un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, came to watch the Olympics along with a delegation.
There was also the Russian doping scandal, which forced Russia out of the 2018 games, and if Russian athletes were clean, they were forced to participate under the Olympic Flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” If they won a gold medal, the official Olympic anthem played.
Every Olympics begins with a torch relay from Greece to the starting ceremony. For this Olympics, the relay started on Oct 24, 2017 and ended on Feb 9, 2018, the starting of the ceremony.
At the end, Norway won with 14 gold medals, 14 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals; followed by Germany with 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals; and Canada with 11 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 10s bronze medals. The US placed fourth with 9 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals.
There were many memorable things events during the 2018 Olympics. A new best score was set in figure skating, and there were two podium sweeps in speed skating and cross-country skiing by the Netherlands and by Norway, respectively.
As the Winter Olympics came to a close, we are reminded once again of the unity people share across the world.

2018 Winter Olympics: Unity among Tension