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The 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
(Wikipedia)

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Wikipedia)

Jacob Saltzman

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The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this year have been exciting, shocking and interesting. While there were many huge victories in the Olympics this year, there were also problems.

During the opening ceremony, a series of cyber attacks broke out. These attacks prevented access to the internet and wifi. Even the event websites were taken down. The cyber attackers claimed to be North Korean, but this turned out to be false. According to The Verge, Russia was behind the cyberattacks. Somehow, they managed to disguise their IP addresses as ones from North Korea. Some believe that this was done in light of the banning of Russian athletes for doping. The Post  reported that the attackers took down at least 300 computers.

Despite these incidents, the olympic games still went well this year. Norwegian cross-country skier, Marit Bjoergen accepted her cross country medal upon stage. Also, Colorado won more medals than 78 other countries. This year, there were 244 American athletes playing for the Olympics. The United States; finished the Winter Olympics with 23 medals. Three countries had surpassed the United States, Canada with 29 medals, Germany with 31 medals and Norway with 39 medals. United States Olympian, Jamie Anderson won a gold medal in the women’s snowboard slopestyle. Red Gerard won a gold medal in the men’s snowboard slopestyle. Another tremendous win for the U.S. was the fact that this year’s women’s cross-country team won their first medal which happened to be gold. These are only a few of the remarkable athletes who prevailed on the U.S. Olympic team.

Meanwhile, another big doping scandal hit the Olympic games. Russian athlete, Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a doping drug test and was banned from the 2018 Olympic games. Due to this incident, Russia was banned from the Winter Olympics this year. In conjunction with the cyberattacks and the doping scandal last year, it will be very difficult for Russia to participate in the Olympics again for awhile.

Overall, this year’s Winter Olympics had some ups and some downs. Many countries, such as Norway, the United States, Sweden, Germany and South Korea really finished strong this year in the games. It is sad that the games are coming to an end. This year was competitive and inspirational, especially for the athletes who accomplished winning great gold medals this year. Hopefully, we will see Olympic games as incredible as the ones this year in the near future.

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One Response to “The 2018 Winter Olympics”

  1. Mr Bennett on March 1st, 2018 12:38 pm

    Great focus on the politics behind the games… many would argue that the Olympics shouldn’t be a political event, but I don’t see how this is possible.

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