PyeongChang Winter Olympics
The winter Olympics are just under a month away! On the 9th Feb the world will look to South Korea for the opening ceremony and the sports that will follow. A total of 89 teams (88 countries and the neutral IOC flag team) have qualified with at least 1 athlete through to the Winter Games. There are some usual countries participating, but also some making their debut. Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia and Singapore are attending their first Winter Olympics this year. We all love an underdog so I’m sure the crowds will really support these countries on their first winter games.
The sports of the Winter Olympics
There are 15 sports in the Winter Olympics:
Cross Country Skiing
Short Track Speed Skating
Within these sports there are 102 events where athletes will have a chance to win gold. There are 6 new events in these games, including mixed doubles curling, Womens big air snowboarding and team alpine event.
What countries should we look out for?
If we look at the Sochi 2014, Russia came out on top with 33 medals (13 gold), followed by Norway with 26 medals (11 gold) then Canada with 10 gold. Although the United States had 28 medals, only 9 of them were Gold, leaving them in 4th place. Due to some doping scandals the medal table has since changed. Norway topped the medal table, and we can expect them to be fighting to be at the top in this year’s Olympics. This time Russia are not participating in the Olympics, but their athletes and participate under a neutral flag. We can expect North America (USA and Canada) along with the Northern European and Scandinavian countries to do well this year. China finished the 2014 Olympics with 9 medals (3 gold). This year they are going to try and get into the top 10 on the medal table.
Now us Brits, we’ve never been great at Winter Olympics. Although we do have winters here, we don’t get the snow like the Northern Countries, so getting kids out to snowboard and ski means taken them on holiday, or finding an artificial snowboarding site to practice on. Last time we finished with 4 medals, 1 gold. Fingers crossed this time we can leap further up the medals table!