Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Highlights

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is officially underway, with the Opening Ceremony taking place last Friday. South Korean figure skater, Yuna Kim, who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, ignited the Olympic Cauldron to kick off the two week long event. It was one of the biggest openings for the Winter Olympic Games in history, with almost 3,000 athletes from 92 countries competing. It was a spectacular night of colourful fireworks, entertaining performances. Here are a few of our highlights: The Children of Peace The main characters of the night were five Korean children each representing one of the elements (fire, water, wood, metal and earth), which according to Korean traditional belief make up the universe. The Ceremony followed them on a journey through time, on a quest for the meaning of peace and harmony. Team USA walk out to ‘Gangnam Style’ American Luger Erin Hamlin…

Everything you need to know about the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 2018

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be kicking off on Friday 9th February. With only a couple of days to go, everyone is beyond excited – and the cold temperatures in Pyeongchang isn’t stopping anyone. The theme for the ceremony is ‘peace’ – a fitting topic seeing as North and South Korea have agreed to march under one flag in the ceremony. Its bound to be an exciting opening ceremony that you won’t want to miss! Here’s all the info you’ll need to know about the opening: Where is it being held? The opening ceremony will take place in the Peyongchang Olympic stadium, which was made specifically for the games. Its a stadium with a pentagonal design, and can seat up to 35,000. The build of the stadium cost $58 million and will be dismantled at the end of the Olympics. Adjacent to the stadium is the Olympic…

Sarah Schleper to compete in fifth Olympics

Fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Sarah Schleper, will be making an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonghcang this February! Not only will she be competing, but she’ll also be flag bearer for the Mexican delegation at the opening ceremony on February 9th. Although originally from Vail, Schleper married Federico Gaxiola in 2007, became a Mexican citizen in 2014, and has been competing for Mexico, including the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creak, and the 2017 Worlds in St Moritz. Schleper has had an eventful skiing career, taking part in 186 World Cup races, and achieving 4 podium finishes, and one victory. Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics. In an interview with VailDaily, Schleper talks about how excited she is to be representing Mexico this Winter Games. “Mexico is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful nation” she said. “We have a lot of Mexicans coming…

Sneak Peak: Inside the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Village

With under a month to go before the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Olympic village and all its facilities seem to be all ready to go! Which is a huge improvement from previous years… The apartments are basic, clean, and appear to be fully functional – and thankfully don’t seem to be in the same state as the Rio village back in the 2016 Olympics, where teams called it ‘uninhabitable’, having problems with plumbing, electricity, gas and cleanliness, forcing them to move to nearby hotels. Talk about horrific! Well, the Olympic village in Pyeongchang seems to have raised the bar higher this year. Let us take you through a little tour of the village below: The village has been built right next door to the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, and consists of eight 15-story buildings. The village is fully equipped with dining and laundry facilities,…

Meet Ghana’s first Olympic Skeleton Bobsled athlete

Akwasi Frimpong is Ghana’s very first Olympic Skeleton athlete, making his first appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February! Frimpong is a sprinter, bobsledder and skeleton athlete. He’s had a long and hard journey that has taken him to where he is today. In light of Olympic history’s first Ghanian skeleton athlete, we want to share his story. Akwasi is Ghanian born, but moved to the Netherlands with his parents at the age of 8. After moving to the Netherlands, it took Akwasi and his family a long 13 years to finally earn a Dutch residence permit. His struggles living as an undocumented immigrant from a young age has helped shaped him into the self-assured Dutchman he is today. One of the biggest challenges was finding a school that would accept him despite his illegal residence in the country. Luck was on his side, when he met Peter Jansen,…

Nigerian Women’s bobsleigh team set to make history at Winter Olympics 2018

The Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team will be making their first ever appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this February! They will be making history as the first African sled to compete at the Winter Olympics, and the first time Nigeria will be represented at the Winter Olympics. Make no mistake, this isn’t a sequel to ‘Cool Runnings’, the team – Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga – are taking their Olympic qualification very seriously, and are looking for a medal this coming February. The team were on the way to qualifying last November, completing the fifth of their five required races in Calgary – which was on the same track that the Jamaican bobsled team rose to fame at the Winter Games in 1988 – iconic! However, to fully qualify for the Olympics, the team had to maintain their world ranking until 14th of January. There’s no doubt…

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