Haley Golembiewski ‘20: Friday, February 9th, marks the beginning of the 2018 Winter Olympics held for the first time in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Winter Games consist of 15 sports, including: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nomadic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating. Together, these sports consist of 102 events. You can watch the upcoming games live as many broadcasters play coverage all over their networks.
Those athletes competing in Alpine Skiing, ski straight down a downhill track dodging and racing around markers strategically placed all around the track. In Cross Country Skiing, athletes must navigate their own way through rough terrain, however in Freestyle Skiing, they compete in races earning points by performing a series of jumps, flips and sliding on guardrails and boxes. Ski Jumping consists of three obstacles, the jumping ramp, take-off table, and a landing hill to earn points. Cross-Country Skiing and Ski jumping combined create Nordic Combined, whereas, mixing Cross-Country Skiing and rifle-shooting form a Biathlon.
Trials for Figure Skating held in San Jose, California from December 28 through January 8, qualified many athletes for the upcoming Winter Games to form Team USA.
Four teammates make up every Bobsleigh team who race down a narrow, curving, ice track in a bobsled competing for the fastest time. Luge and Skeleton complete on the same type of track. One person places themselves aerodynamically on a one or two person sled feet first in Luge to maneuver their way through the course. Unlike Luge, in Skeleton, you face forward and lay on your stomach as a single rider.
The main difference between Short Track Speed Skating and Speed Skating remains the length of the track for each event.
In Curling, a team of players slide stones on ice trying to get them into three different marked circles (kind of like shuffleboard) using brooms.
Make sure to tune in on February 9 to watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Go Team USA!
List of all Team USA athletes: https://www.teamusa.org/pyeongchang-2018-olympic-winter-games/team-usa/athletes