2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics begin on February 8 and this year, the events will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Winter Olympics are held every 4 years, so we thought it would be a good idea to let you in on some fun facts that you may find interesting for this year’s games.

• PyeongChang is just 60 miles south of the DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone, that separates South Korea and North Korea.

• The total medal count for the events is 102, and these medals will be the heaviest ever (gold, 1.29 pounds; silver, 1.28 pounds; bronze, 1.09 pounds).

• This wasn’t the first time PyeongChang tried to host the Winter Olympics. It’s actually the 3rd! They lost to Sochi, Russia in 2014 and Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

• There are a total of 15 different sports, and there will also be a few new events. This includes mixed doubles curling, a nations team event for alpine skiing, big air snowboarding and mass start speed skating.

• About 90 countries will be participating this year and there will be an estimated 2,800 athletes looking to earn a medal for their country.

• The NHL, or National Hockey League, has decided not to participate in this year’s Winter Olympics. The reason for this was because the organization did not want to pause their regularly scheduled season to allow athletes to attend the Olympics.

Share these fun facts with your friends or family if you found them interesting, especially if you plan to tune into the events.

Dr. Nima Patel

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