What to Expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics

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The Olympics are a very big deal. There are the Summer Games and Winter ones, but this year, it’s Winter’s turn, and the games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. So what do we expect from each sport? Well I’m here to tell you.


First off, we need to start with Snowboarding. This is a very common sport played in lots of places, and the U.S. has our returning champion, Shaun White. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he crashed during a Half-Pipe, and landed fourth place. He says that he has never recovered from the loss, but he is prepared for Pyeongchang. Expectations for him are at a height after the crash, as he is one of the best snowboarders to take to the olympics every.


Next is figure skating. In the end of 2017 the movie I, Tonya came out, which opened lots of minds about figure skating. This year, Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not be attending, which is upsetting for lots of Michiganders, because both of them are Michiganders. We do have Adam Rippon, and internationally famous solo figure skater, and Bradie Tennell, who made it through skating finals strong and tall.


After that, we have bobsledding. With Jamie Greubel Poser, Aja Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Steve Langton, Chris Fogt, Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, and Justin Olsen, all very good athletes. A couple are returning champions, while others have won in other places.


Then we have Ice Hockey. We have Matt Gilroy, Brianna Decker, and James Wisniewski. Wisniewski is actually from Canton, MI, so we are all rooting for him. These teams are also expected to do above average, because most of the players are new.


Speed Skating is also a cool sport that I would like to include. Team USA has two speed skaters from Michigan, Ryan Pivirotto from An Arbor, and Jessica Kooremen from Melvindale.


And now onto skiing. Since skiing is such a big category, I will just move onto some of the skiers. We have lots of people from Colorado, Utah, and California, such as Gus Kenworthy, Tess Johnson, Alex Haul, and Maddie Bowman.


This year’s Olympics seem to be  looking pretty good for the U.S. We all tend to expect a lot from our athletes, so lets hope they don’t let us down.

Shaun White at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he scored 4th place at the halfpipe.

The logo for the Winter Olympics this year in PyeongChang.

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What to Expect from the 2018 Winter Olympics