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2018 Winter Olympics

Kaitlyn Williams, Writer

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially started!

The host city Pyeongchang will hold its first ever Winter Olympics and stands as the smallest city to do so since 1994 when Norway hosted them. With the games located in the Taebaek Mountain region, the state capital Seoul lies only 110 miles away.

This year, Olympic officials decided to add a brand new high speed rail train to transport fans to and from the event. The track officially opened in December 2017, and many say it will reduce transport time from he capital by half which now only takes about one and a half hours.

Also, a $109 million dollar stadium has recently been built only for the Olympics. This stadium seats 35,000 people so everyone can enjoy, but surprisingly enough, the venue will only function for hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. Korean officials will tear it down when the ceremonies come to an end.

Not only did it cost $109 million dollars to build the stadium, but also the budget for the whole event totaled approximately $13 billion dollars. However, this represents an excellent improvement over the last games whose budget reached $50 billion dollars.

Unlike previous years, another change in this year’s games includes that the NHL will not release their players to participate in the games owing to them not agreeing to take their break in their regular season. Instead, amateur players will occupy the ice rink to try and make a name for themselves.

Sadly, Russia will also not participate in the games owing to their approval of a statewide doping program. Russian athletes can still compete, but they must pass a drug test to prove their cleanliness from drugs. No matter what happens, the tournament records will show zero medals for Russia.

2018 Winter Olympics–who will take the gold medals?

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