Winter Olympic Games
By Neža Jelen Križovnik
The Olympic Winter Games are a major international sport event held once every 4 years, for sports practiced on snow and ice.
This year, the 23rd Winter Olympic Games are being held in Pyeongchang in South Korea. They started on February the 9th and will end on 25th of the same month. There are 92 nations participating with 2920 athletes. There are 102 events held in 15 different sports (Biathlon, Alpine skiing, Bobsled, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Ski Jumping…). The slogan is Passion. Connected.
Passion symbolizes PyeongChang as the stage where people can exchange inspirations and experience Korea’s unique hospitality and Olympic spirit. Connected signifies the openness of PyeongChang where all generations can participate regardless of location, through Koreas cutting-edge technology and cultural convergence.
This year there are 71 Slovene athletes presenting our country at the Games.
There are 10 Ski Jumpers (Jernej Damjan, Peter Prevc, Tilen Bartol, Anže Semenič, Timi Zajc, Urša Bogataj, Špela Rogelj, Nika Križnar, Ema Klinec, Maja Vtič),
the Ice Hockey team (Luka Gračnar, Matija Pintarič, Gašper Krošelj, Blaž Gregorc, Sabahudin Kovačevič, Aleš Kranjc, Žiga Pavlin, Matic Podlipnik, Jurij Repe, Mitja Robar, Luka Vidmar, Boštjan Goličič, Andrej Hebar, Žiga Jeglič, Anže Kuralt, Jan Muršak, Aleš Mušič, Ken Ograjenšek, Žiga Pance, David Rodman, Marcel Rodman, Robert Sabolič,Rok Tičar, Jan Urbas, Miha Verlič),
11 skiers (Boštjan Kline, Martin Čater, Klemen Kosi, Miha Hrobat, Žan Kranjec, Štefan Hadalin, Ana Drev, Tina Robnik, Meta Hrovat, Ana Bucik, Maruša Ferk),
7 Biathlonists (Jakov Fak, Klemen Bauer, Miha Dovžan, Mitja Drinovec, Lenart Oblak, Urška Poje, Anja Eržen),
8 Snowboarders (Rok Marguč, Žan Košir, Tim Mastnak, Tim Kevin Ravnjak, Tit Štante, Kaja Verdnik, Urška Pribošič, Gloria Kotnik),
2 Nordic Combinators (Vid Vrhovnik, Marjan Jelenko),
one Freestyle Skier (Filip Flisar) and
one Sledder (Tilen Sirše).
Vesna Fabjan was carrying our flag at the opening ceremony.