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Looking for a way to display your American spirit? Tune in to the 2018 Winter Olympics, airing on NBC tomorrow night.
It seems like only yesterday we were cheering on our teams at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. This year, the games are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a city approximately 80 miles east of Seoul.
To get ready for the action, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts to commemorate this year’s competition:
- The first Winter Games took place in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The 2018 Games will mark the 23rd Winter Olympics.
- Four new events have been added to the competition. This year, viewers will be able to watch big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating and mixed doubles curling.
- Lee Suk-Woo designed the 2018 medals that feature lively diagonal lines and 3D consonants from the Korean alphabet. The design was inspired by tree trunks that were made to symbolize the “the work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the Games themselves.”
- The 2018 Mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang. The tiger is an animal that is highly regarded in Korean mythology and culture; the white tiger is seen as a symbol of trust, strength and protection.
South Korea may be 15 hours ahead of Chicago, but Americans will be able to stream all of the events in real time. The first figure skating competition will begin tonight at 6 pm.
Will you be watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Which event do you enjoy watching most?
Enjoy the winter games!