5 things that happened this Olympics


Arohan Rimal, [email protected]

Possibly new friendship:
The 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang started with Olympians from two of the most unlikely countries marching together. Host country South Korea and its long-time nemesis, North Korea, marched under the same white flag with the map of both countries. However, the countries competed under different flags, wearing their respective uniforms. Many people believe this act might finally ease the tension between the two nations.

Dope cost a medal:
Dope can be addictive, but addictive enough to kiss your sport goodbye? Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of systemic doping evidence found during different drug tests. However, the International Olympics Committee allowed players, who could prove their innocence, to participate under neutral flags and uniform. Even after the ban and the generous offer, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for using a restricted performance-enhancing drug. Krushelnitsky was found using meldonium, a stamina-increasing drug. The bronze medal Russia won for mixed doubles curling will now be given to Norway who finished fourth in the competition.

Room for more sports:
Four new winter Olympics events were added to the list of official Olympic winter sports this season. New disciplines were added to pre-existing snowboarding, alpine skiing, speed skating and curling events. The Olympic committee executive board passed big air discipline in snowboarding, which allows skaters more time in air and thus, more aerial tricks. Mass start speed skating is a shorter version of the old form of speed skating. The two other disciplines added are team event in skiing and mixed doubles in curling.
The Winter Olympics also featured six new countries. Ecuador, Nigeria, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia and Singapore all competed for the first time in the Winter Olympics at PyeongChang.

Support from furry friends:
Soohorang was the designated mascot for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. According to the Olympic committee, the white tiger appears in Korean folklores and is important to Korean mythology and culture. Sooho means protection in Korean, whereas Rang represents tiger. Soohorang was accompanied by Bandabi, mascot for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Bandal, which means half-moon in Korean, represents strong will and courage.

Record medals won:
History was made this season when Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen became the most medaled winter Olympian of all time. After winning the bronze in the woman’s cross-country skiing sprint, she now has 14 Olympic medals, seven of which are gold. However, she does not have an individual gold this season. Following her with 13 medals (eight gold) is fellow Norwegian biathlete and cross-country skier Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.