If you are looking outside the window in the UK these days, you might not think of snow, sunshine, fun, excitement and celebrations, but you are rather looking forward to spring…. But lots of excitement, fun, drama and celebrations – perhaps – are just lurking around the corner. It is Winter Olympics time again! Yes! Very exciting!
Athletes from around the world will meet from 9th -25th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They will compete in 102 events, ranging from more traditional disciplines like Alpine skiing, bobsleigh, ice-skating and ice-hockey to new disciplines like snowboarding, freestyle and moguls skiing. They are all very exciting to watch! Lots of emotions, drama and fun ahead!
Team GB are aiming for the most successful Winter Olympics in their history hoping to get five medals. Who might be the candidates for medals?
Definitely watch out for the snowboarder Katie Ormerod who has been in the top three quite consistently since the last winter season. James Woods and Izzy Atkin are freestyle skiers and could achieve the first ski medal for Team GB ever – spectacular to watch.
Dave Ryding might be the best known British winter athlete as he won a silver medal in the Kitzbuehel World Cup in slalom last year and has been on good form this season too. Who knows, he might surprise the audience in South Korea with a top ranking too.
Short track speed skater Elise Christie and cross-country skier Andrew Mushgrave might be other candidates for a surprise as they have been performing well this season in their respective disciplines.
Apart from medals won or lost, one of the most exciting developments might have happened already behind the scenes: North and South Korea have agreed to march under the same united flag! The two countries will also field a joint team for the women’s ice hockey. This is amazing.