The Winter Olympics – PyeongChang 2018 is here and you are bound to be on your feet if you love the unique games on show, not forgetting the snow too! Anytime the lesser-known cousin of the Summer Olympics comes around, you are sure that there will be fireworks as the event spans 15 days, with 15 sports and 102 medal events! There is some news about North Korea, the United States and Nigeria’s Bobsleigh team too! You may want to use Bobsled if that catches your fancy instead.
The Winter Olympics which kicked off today, February 9 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea and will draw the curtains on hopefully, a wow event on February 25, 2018, has already begun with some fireworks which have turned heads already.
The verdict? Expect more “incidences”.
The first incident that pointed to the fact that the Winter Olympics will be a momentous one was the unprecedented visit of North Korea’s Leader – Kim Jong Un’s younger sister – Kim Yo Jong.
She was part of North Korea’s delegation to the event and a representative of the ruling Kim family. She and the VIPs in their dignitary box were warmly welcomed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife even as they watched the opening ceremony. Kim Yo Jong had arrived earlier in the day on an unprecedented visit to the South by a member of the North’s ruling Kim family.
Of course, there are political undertones as North Korea is using the Olympics to douse the tension between both countries and at the same time foster comradeship.
Who says the Olympics doesn’t bring people together anymore?
The second incident was the entrance of the United States.
The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence and his wife arrived after the warm welcome by South to North Korea and they were well received too. There seemed to be a strain on relations between the U.S. and North Korea though, as the Vice President and wife sat beside their hosts and next to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife. It was obvious that he and his wife didn’t interact with the North Koreans.
The Asian rulers stood again as athletes from both North and South Korea marched as one team behind a blue-and-white “unification” flag for the first time since 2007 while the Americans sat. They did stand though when the U.S. team marched for the parade of nations.
One incident though that took all of us by storm was the qualification of the first Bobsleigh/Bobsled team from Africa – Nigeria’s bobsleigh team (Bobsled) for the Winter Olympics. So, here it is, most African countries do not have snow or some of the entrapments that make for successful participation so the purpose of the Winter Olympics is lost on the people until four young Nigerian ladies based in the United States decided to do their country proud by participating in a sport no African team had never been in nor qualified for – Bobsleigh/Bobsled.
The good thing is that these ladies just began training for the Olympics two years ago and their dreams have come true! So, watch out for the Nigerian flag in Bobsleighing!
Now, let’s look at the weirdest sports on show at the Winter Olympics (in our opinion):
Mass Start Speed Skating: This sport is making a debut at the Winter Olympics and isn’t quite like what you’ve seen before. In this sport which isn’t quit speed skating, up to 24 skaters jockey to be in three to cross the finish line first. The issue is that the course for these skaters is designed for six skaters. This sport is in the Team Pursuit Event.
There are other weird events at the Winter Olympics worthy of mention like the Biathlon, Curling, and Moguls (no, not the business kind).
The usual suspects will also be live among which are Bobsleigh, Ice dancing, figure skating and all.
Make sure you look out for Nigeria’s bobsleigh team!
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