What an amazing couple of weeks! Despite not being the shining stars of this year’s Winter Olympics, we’d like to say a big well done to every single member of the UK team; you did us proud in many ways and it looks like you had a good time out there – nice one guys.
To celebrate this year’s snowy spectacle of athletic excellent, we’d like to tell you seven things you probably didn’t know about the 2018 Winter Olympics:
One. First of all (and it was a bit of a buzz that Korea was hosting the games in the first place), PyeongChang is the smallest city to host the Winter Olympics since 1994. That’s quite a long time.
Two. A pentagonal, 35,000 capacity Olympic stadium has was built in Pyeongchang especially for the games. Despite its colossal stature and impressive design, it’s only to be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and will be ripped down after the Winter Olympics is over.
Three. Although they are asked, the NHL (National Hockey League) has decided not to be a part of the 2018 Winter Olympics. They said they didn’t want to disrupt their own fixtures to participate in the games; the Stanley Cup must be far more important.
Four. A brand new discipline launched at this year’s Winter Olympics the Nordic Combined couples cross country skiing and ski jumping to create one heck of an exciting wintery event.
Five. Pyeongchang is the third Asian city as well as the first ever South Korean location to host Winter Olympics. The first two Asian cities to host were Sapporo and Nagano, both based in Japan.
Six. The Mascots for this year’s Winter Olympics are Soohorang (White Tiger) and Bandabi (Black bear). Both of these creatures are significant to South Korean culture.
Seven. The Pyeongchang Olympic Emblem is said to represent harmony. It consists of five colours: yellow, green, blue, red and black. These tones are based on the iconic motif of the Olympic ring as Korea’s five cardinal colours.
So, there you have it: seven things you probably didn’t know about the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. We hope you enjoyed all of the action and if you want to stay safe as the ‘Beast from the East’ ravages the city, check out our tips on staying safe.