Team USA is Headed to the Winter Olympics!

By: Krystal Manuel, reporter

Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Nathan Chen are three American athletes who have shown themselves to be powerful Olympians in past Winter Olympics are anticipated to bring home gold in this year’s Olympics. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China, starting on Friday, February 4, and ending on Sunday, February 20.

The Olympics is an international multi-sport event that happens every two years, alternating between the Summer and Winter Games. The first modern Olympics took place in Athens in 1896, with 43 events and 280 athletes competing. The Olympics began to be seen as an international event after 1924, in which the Games took place in Paris and had 3,000 athletes compete.

In the same year, the Winter Olympics debuted and it was the first time a closing ceremony was featured in the event.

Team USA’s roster for the Winter Olympics has been finalized in preparation for the event. So far, there are expected to be about 200 American athletes. The oldest athlete expected from the US is 40-year-old snowboarder Nick Baumgartner. The youngest athlete is 16-year-old figure skater Alysa Liu.

Expectations for American athletes are high and many are expected to win medals. The notable figure skater Nathan Chen recently broke his own program record at the US Figure Skating Championships and is favored to win Gold this year. At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Chen earned a Bronze medal and placed 5th overall.

Shaun White, an American snowboarder with the most Olympic gold medals, will participate in his last Olympics this year at the age of 35.

WCTA students are anticipating the Winter Olympics occurring in less than a month.

When asked what he is most excited about for the Olympics, Phillip Xayadeth, a sophomore in Cybersecurity, said, “I am very excited to see Shaun White snowboarding again. He is my favorite snowboarder because he is really talented and does cool tricks.” With this, Ciara Patag, a senior in Business, said, “I love watching figure skating during the Olympics and I am excited to watch Alysa Liu compete at her first Winter Olympics.”

Because of the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and precautions being taken to avoid outbreaks, the general public will not be allowed to watch the Beijing Olympics in person. However, there are numerous media outlets that will broadcast the events, including NBC and Peacock, where fans can stay tuned. Now, as millions await the Olympics, athletes from across the globe prepare to win medals!

WCTA student watches figure skater Nathan Chen compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Photo credit: Krystal Manuel.

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