Anticipating PyeongChang: What to Expect from the Winter Olympics

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Back in glacial terrain, with stunning costumes, wild snowboarding tricks and sharp-bristled curling brushes, the 2018 Winter Olympics held in PyeongChang, South Korea are sure to bring enjoyment for the whole family.

According to CNN, this will be the second time South Korea has hosted the Olympic Games.  In 1988, the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul.  The games this winter will run from Feb. 8-25.

There are seven primary areas with which to compete, including the bobsled, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing, all of which have 15 “varied disciplines across all sports,” CNN said.

Many EHS students are anticipating the varied sports in the Winter Olympics.

“I’m really excited about them,” senior Grace Desse said. “I am looking forward to watching snowboarding and figure skating.”

Several top athletes from the U.S. team are reappearing this season, alongside a series of new faces.

The United States will again feature snowboarder Shaun White, who is competing for his third gold medal at his fourth Olympic competition.  According to USA Today, White received a perfect score of 100 at the Olympic-qualifying race in Snowmass, Colo. on Jan. 13 to move onto PyeongChang.

Nathan Chen will debut in men’s figure skating.  He won the 2017 National title, the Four Continents Championship and he finished sixth at the year’s world championship, NBC said.  His “prestigious” Grand Prix Final gold medal may guarantee him a place on the podium this winter.

In women’s figure skating, Bradie Tennell, 19, is an underdog with promise.  She garnered the bronze medal at the 2017 Skate America competition and won the U.S. junior national championship in 2015.  Karen Chen and Mirai Nagasu will also compete for titles—neither Gracie Gold nor Ashley Wagner will be making an appearance this Olympics season, according to NBC.

For her fourth and perhaps final time, Lindsey Vonn will return to the slopes in alpine skiing.  After overcoming knee and arm injuries, the “most decorated world cup ski racer in U.S. history” is ready to make a comeback after missing out on Sochi in 2014, according to Team USA.

Senior Paige Frick is a fan of the female empowerment in the Olympic Games.

“I am super excited about the ice skating! I’m also excited about the speed skating because this is the first year with a black girl on our team.”

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