2018 Winter Olympics

Skylar Britt, Reporter

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 2,952 athletes from 92 different countries will compete in 15 different sports until this year’s games close on Feb. 25.

While there are many different events in the games over the 16-day period, most athletes will not even come close to winning a medal. However, a commonality among the athletes’ interviews is that they are all just excited to be at the Olympics, and what an honor it is to represent their country.

Some fan-favorite athletes from the United States include snowboarders Shaun White, Chloe Kim and Red Gerard, as well as skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, among many others.

As it goes with every Olympics, some athletes leave accomplishing what they came to do, leaving with a medal around their necks, while others go home empty-handed. This is the case for many American athletes thus far. The medal count for the United States of America is much lower than it was predicted to be for this years’ games. With several days left of competition, Norway is in the lead with 33 medals, 13 of them being gold. Right behind them is Germany with 24 medals, and the gold medal count is 12. Canada follows in third with 21 medals. The United States is lagging behind in fifth place with only 16 medals, six of them being gold.

The closing ceremonies take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5-7 a.m. however, for those who are not early risers, the ceremony will be available online afterwards, and highlights of the show will be posted on websites such as YouTube. The torch will be passed to the next host country, Beijing, China, as they begin to prepare for the 2022 winter games. The next summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in the year 2020.