The Winter Olympics – 2018

 

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big sports fans as well as language geeks! You might ask what Sport and Language have in common…. The answer is a lot! Sport is a way to bring people together, from all nationalities, all languages. Sporting events like the Olympics opens up that country, culture and language to the world. Next year’s Winter Olympics is less than 3 months away.

PyeongChang 2018 – 평창 동계 올림픽

The host city for the Winter Olympics is Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Olympics start with an opening ceremony on the 9th and finish on the 25th. This means we have 14 glorious days to watch some of the world’s best sportsmen and women compete in the winter games. There are estimated to be around 90 countries participating in these winter games.

 

Venues

 

Alpensia Sports Park – will be the focus of the games. The park includes the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, the ski jumping centre, Biathlon, Cross country centre, Sliding centre for luge, bobsleigh and skeleton. Also the Alpine Centre is at the park

Gangneung Olympic Park – Ice Hockey, Curling Centre and an Ice arena for speed skating and figure skating.

 

Stand-alone venues – Bokwang Snow Park for freestyle skiing and snowboarding, Jeongseon Alpine Centre for downhill and super-G skiing and the Kwandong Hockey Centre for the womens ice hockey.

The countries

Of course, there are the usual candidates of Canada, USA, Norway, UK, Sweden, Iceland – the areas of the world where it can get rather cold! It is still unknown whether Russia will compete in the games. But this year there’s an unusual team in the bobsleigh…. Nigeria. An area of the world where Winter doesn’t exactly happen! This is going to be amazing to watch. Does it remind you of a film though? The answer is YES! Cool Runnings was its name and was a true story about the Jamaican bobsleigh team in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. It will be fantastic to see the Nigerian bobsleigh team do well in the Winter games!

Ecuador, Eritea, Kosovo, Malaysia and Singapore are scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut in PyeongChang.

 

What does this mean for South Korea?

Thousands of athletes will compete at these games, tens if not hundreds of thousands will visit the country to watch and experience the games. Millions will watch from home. This is South Korea’s opportunity to show off their country, culture and language to the world.

 

In the next few weeks and months we will look into the Olympics in more detail!