From amazing athletic feats to the spectacle of host country South Korea, there are so many reasons to binge watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
We can always count on the Olympic Games for a show of grace, strength, and endurance, among other amazing physical feats. The 2018 Winter Olympics runs from Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 25th, promising two weeks of thrills and victories in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. This year’s slogan is “Passion. Connected,” so we made a list of what we’re most passionate about seeing at these games.
1. A glimpse into the Republic of Korea. South Korea has hosted the Summer Olympics before, in Seoul in 1988, but this is the first time the country will host the Winter Games. Pyeongchang is also only the third Asian city to host the Winter Games.
2. An adorable — and meaningful — mascot. The Olympic mascot, Soohorang, is a white tiger, Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho” means protection in Korean, symbolizing protection of the athletes, spectators and participants at the games. “Rang” comes from the Korean word for tiger and also from “Jeong-seon A-rang-i”, a popular traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.
3. Exciting new events. Air snowboarding consists of one big jump with a trick — with judging based on innovation and bravery. Freestyle skiing will showcase skiers performing aerial flips and spins. On the ice, “mass start” speed skating features up to 28 skaters racing without designated lanes, and curling (the sport where players slide stones towards a target area on the ice) adds mixed doubles teams to the competition, bringing a new dynamic to the sport.
4. Dramatic venues. As if it isn’t cool enough to watch the physical skills and thrills under normal daylight conditions, this year the luge, ski jumping and biathlon events will take place under floodlights.
5. A modern twist on figure skating. You might just find yourself singing along to figure skating performances this year. For the first time ever, skaters are allowed to skate to music with lyrics. Can’t get enough of this graceful sport? Slip on a Team USA Figure Skating Charm Bangle to root for your favorite contender.
6. An inspiring torch relay song. Korean R&B singer Insooni got the Olympic spirit going last July, 200 days out from the Games, when she unveiled the song, “Let Everyone Shine”, which is the theme of the 2018 Winter Games.
7. Tried-and-true athletes and new breakout stars. Alpine skier and Olympic Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn will make a comeback at the 2018 Games after a 2014 injury. U.S. Figure Skating Men’s Champion Nathan Chen will make his Olympic debut with a plan to set a record with six quad jumps. They’re just two of many U.S. competitors to watch.
8. U.S. patriotism. Show your support for your favorite American athletes with our Team USA Collection. The Blue Hope Rope represents the power of the Olympic Games, and can be a personal reminder to you that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
9. HOCKEY! The Men’s Hockey final will take place on the last day of competition — an ideal event to watch with your fellow Olympic fan-friends. For extra good luck, wear the Team USA Ice Hockey Charm Bangle and raise your arms high with every score.
10. Those iconic, incredible, inspiring Olympic moments. Remember at the last Winter Olympics, four-time U.S. Figure Skating National Champion Jeremy Abbott fell on his quad jump and slammed hard into the boards — then got up and kept going? His jaw-dropping will to carry on made it one of the best moments of the 2014 Games. Who will provide the best Olympic moments this time around? We can’t wait to find out.
Written by Mandy Carr