By: Carson Young, staff writer
The Olympics are starting today with mixed doubles curling which means there is one man and one woman per team from eight different countries. Today is the Olympic debut for the sport. They will be competing in a shortened match with 5 stones instead of eight different stones.
Tomorrow the figure skating team event starts with men’s and pairs short programs and is likely to offer the first glimpse of U.S. champion Nathan Chen. The last American to reach the podium in figure skating was Evan Lysacheck in 2010; Chen has a chance to be on the next American on the podium.
Opening ceremony is on Friday February 7 at six in the morning. The drama will be on who will kindle the cauldron at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. The best bet is Yuna Kim, the 2010 figure skating champion who retired after taking silver in Sochi in 2014. The rest of the Olympics will start after the opening ceremony.
I am projecting that Germany will win 40 medals having 14 gold medals, 12 silver and 14 bronze. Norway will win 37 medals total having 14 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 12 bronze. The US will win 29 total medals having 10 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 9 bronze medals. France will have the fourth most medals with 24 medals, 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. Coming in 5th place will be Canada with 33 total medals but only having 7 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.
Chloe Kim says this about this year’s Olympics “It’ll be a good experience to go through such a crazy event with my family,” Kim told TIME. “But at the same time, I’m very worried, ’cause it’s the freaking Olympics. I want to do really good. I’ve got to nail it.”
Nathan Chen says this about this year’s Olympics “I think that my very best performances are the times when I completely block everything out and it goes on auto drive — I don’t think about anything,”