Winter Olympics continue to excite

Kendall Aronson, Campus Carrier Asst. Arts & Living editor

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea are now in full swing, kicked off by the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. The games will continue until Feb. 25. Here are some things to keep watch for while you cheer on Team USA. 

The Pyeongchang Olympics introduced four new events to the Winter Olympics. 

Mass start speed skating has been described as “NASCAR on Ice” by U.S. Speedskater Joey Mantia. It involves 24 speed skaters on the ice simultaneously completing 15 circuits around the track. The only previous mass start speed skating was held 86 years ago at the 1932 Olympics. 

Mixed doubles curling has also premiered during the games this year. It is the same familiar curling we all know and love, but this time it consists of paired teams of men and women. 

Big air snowboarding consists of competitors going down a large slope and performing one large jump which is then scored by judges. Each athlete has three attempts to make the jump, and the middle score is used. 

Alpine skiing team event made its Olympic debut this year. Two men and two women from each nation compete against one another in head-to-head slalom races. 

The U.S. won the medal count in Sochi 2014, and with a variety of accomplished athletes we continue to have a shot at winning during this Olympic season as well. 

The U.S. continues to be successful in snowboarding. Our first medal was gold, won by Red Gerard, a 17-year-old snowboarder from Colorado, in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle. 

Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old from California, has also taken home a gold medal in Women’s Halfpipe. Kim qualified to make the Olympic Team for Sochi when she was 13, but was unable to compete because of her age. Many say that she is becoming the new face of U.S. snowboarding. Fellow American Arielle Gold won the bronze in the same event. 

Shaun White returned to the Winter Olympics in style this year. After missing the podium in Sochi, he won gold on Tuesday night in the halfpipe. This will be his third gold medal in the event, after Vancouver and Turin. 

Another star of the American team is alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. She took gold in two events in Sochi at the age of 18, becoming the youngest woman to win slalom in Olympic history. She now is attempting to win gold in five events in these Olympics. 

The 2018 Winter Olympics have already been historic. North Korea and South Korean athletes marched during the opening ceremony together and the teams are competing on a joint team for the first time in women’s hockey. Russia has been banned from the Olympics because of widespread doping charges against Russian officials and some athletes. That being said, 169 Russian athletes are still competing in the games under the Olympic flag. Six countries will be competing in the Winter Olympics for the first time this year: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. 

The United States has already had a strong start to the Olympics, and are set up to continue. The games are available to stream online or with Berry’s Xfinity package.

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