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Winter Olympics Open in South Korea

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From February 9 to February 25, the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Every athlete is aiming for gold in one of the 15 sports available so the competition is fierce. To kick it all off, the world’s eyes were on the opening ceremonies. Here are some of the highlights.

There are 2,952 athletes this year representing 92 countries. All of these countries proudly held up their flags as they marched around at the opening ceremony…except for one. Russia. Due to the state-backed doping epidemic that Russia was found guilty of doing the country wasn’t allowed to have their flag represented during the ceremony. The team is not allowed to be called team Russia either, but rather are referred to as the Olympic athletes from Russia. Even with this turn of events, the Russians still have a large team of 160 competitors.

 

Speaking of flags, the Tonga flag-bearer stole the show… again. Viewers may remember the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the greased up, muscular Taekwondo athlete named Pita Taufatofua. Those not lucky enough to see Taufatofua the first time, got to see him this year as he made a second appearance during the winter Olympics. Taufatofua this time made up the one man team from Tonga and he will be competing in cross-country skiing. Even though the weather was freezing, he represented his country the same way he did during the summer Olympics.

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Winter Olympics Open in South Korea