This February, from the 9th to the 25th, athletes from all over the world will compete during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
This will be the 23rd Winter Olympics. (Remember, they are held every four years. How many years have the Olympics been around? Multiply 23 x 4 to find out!)
During the Olympics, many nations come together in peaceful competition. What’s your favorite Olympic sport? A complete list of sports is found at www.olympic.org/sports.
Many Olympic athletes start playing their sport when they are your age. If you love skiing or skating or hockey, we hope you play them as often as you can. Maybe one day you’ll be an athlete we are cheering on at the Winter Olympics!
You’ve probably seen people snow skiing. In the Olympics, skiers go down mountainsides very fast. Sometimes they have to maneuver around poles and other obstacles. Did you know Olympic skiers sometimes go 75 or 80 miles per hour?
Competitors in this interesting game push “stones” to a goal at the end of a long, narrow ice track. While the stones are moving along the ice, the players use “brooms” to sweep the ice in front of the stones to make them go faster or slower.
Ice skaters compete by themselves or in pairs. They jump and turn and glide, usually with music playing during their performance.
Bobsleigh teams can be made up of one, two, three, or even four people. They race, one bobsleigh at a time, through a track made of ice. Some of them go as fast as 150 miles per hour!
Hockey players skate incredibly fast and make sharp turns. They use J-shaped sticks to hit a hard disk (called a puck) into a net at the end of a long court made of ice.
Imagine flying through the air wearing snow skis! Ski jumpers soar hundreds of feet through the air and land gracefully at the bottom of the jump hill on both feet.