The Winter Olympics 2018

Natalie Abramat, News Editor

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The days are starting to count down as the best of the best prepare for the world games. The competition is rigorous and often very dangerous as the winter Olympics are sure to pack some action. The Winter Olympics often contain figure skating, speed skating, skiing, snowboarding, curling and various others.

     “My favorite thing about the Winter Olympics is seeing all the teams get together at the opening ceremony,” said Katelyn Savage ‘18. The Winter Olympics will feature various teams from countries people may have not even heard about and as a surprise turn around, North and South Korea will walk together in the ceremony to represent unity despite North Korea’s issues.

     However, Russia still continues to be banned from the Winter Olympics after it was revealed that the team had multiple athletes who cheated in the games with doping. Doping is known as administering drugs to an athlete to enhance their skills in a competition, not to mention, it is also illegal. Still, there is much to look forward to in the games. In Figure Skating, the United States has selected their ladies, men, dance and pairs teams. Curling, Bobsled team, cross country skiing, snowboarding, and Ice hockey have also been chosen.

     “I’m excited for the Ice Hockey portion of the Olympics. It’s fast paced and we have a good selection of players. I’m also excited for speed skating because it takes skill to keep yourself on the ice, while skating extremely fast. They both take a lot of skill for the sports.” Darby Dempsey ‘19.

     The Winter Olympics will be very competitive as many of the athletes have trained for years to get to where they are now. Illinois has a few athletes representing the United States in the Olympics. Bradie Tennell for Figure skating, Kendall Coyne for Ice Hockey, Shani Davis for long speed skating, and Michael Glasder for ski jumping. These are just a few examples of people who went big and bold in order to achieve success. The Olympics is a dream seen by many young and old athletes, but in order to get there one must train everyday day, all day long, and the expensive price tag that comes along with can make or break a family or even a person.

     The average a person spends training for the Olympics is more than six hours a day, six days a week. In the London Games of 2012, a study showed that elite athletes trained more than 10,000 hours before the competition. Whatever the outcome is, the world will be wishing the best to most elite in hopes that their athletes can bring back the Gold for their country.

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