2018 Olympics

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Emma Jones, Staff Writer & Social Media Manager

This year’s Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 8 to February 27. This is the first time since 1988 that South Korea has hosted an Olympics.

The above picture is of the official symbol for the 2018 Games. The official website for the Pyeongchang Olympics says that “The first character in the emblem also represents a gathering place where the three elements of Cheon-Ji-in – heaven, earth, and human – are in harmony. The second character symbolizes snow and ice, as well as the athletes’ stellar performances. Pyeongchang – ‘A square where the earth meets the sky, and where athletes excel in snow or on ice.’” This year’s mascot is Soohorang, a comical white tiger representing peace and trust for all. South Korea’s president has expressed excitement and honor to be the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

There will be 102 events, both individual and team, in 15 sports, including Bobsleigh, Curling, and Biathlon. For the first time, NBC will broadcast the games live in all time zones. The games will not appear at primetime, but now audiences are less susceptible to spoilers then when they had to wait for the delayed tape.

Here are some things to know for this year’s upcoming games. Russia has a state-supported dope scheme that allows athletes to take performance-enhancing drugs, causing them to be suspended from 2018 Olympic Games. Individual Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under the flag “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR), according to Time magazine, but Russia will not be recognized. North and South Korea have restarted peace talks with the combining of Olympic teams. The Koreas will march in the ceremony together under the Korean unification flag, a huge leap for potential agreements. The 2018 Olympics are sure to be one-of-a-kind this year.