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Inspiring, Heartwarming and Funny Stories From The PyeongChang Winter Olympics

The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in people, and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are no exception.

As athletes set aside their countries’ differences and test themselves against the best of the best, a sense of mutual respect puts everyone on a level playing field. And that can make for some inspirational, funny and heart-warming moments.

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Winter Olympics More Than Just Sports

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are on now, in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The location is very significant. South Korea and North Korea are not on friendly terms. But the Olympics may be bringing them closer together, politically.
North Korea is a “dictatorship.” That means, one person rules it. That person is Kim Jong-un, known as the “Supreme Leader.” He is known for being extremely strict and harsh with his country’s people. He keeps his country separated from the rest of the world. It is usually hard to know what is going on in North Korea, because free communication is not allowed in or out of the country.
But the Winter Olympics may help to thaw relations between North and South Korea.

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Highlights From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday.

During the closing ceremonies, all of the athletes walked into the arena together.

At the end of the closing ceremonies, a display is always put on by the country that will host the next winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, will host the 2018 games.

Here are just a few of the interesting events that defined this year’s Winter Olympics for Canada and internationally…

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Winter Olympics Spark Discussion Of Gay Rights

The Olympics are about athletics and competition.

However, with representatives from so many different countries coming together in one city, it is often about “politics” and “political issues” as well.

In other words, different countries have different rules, laws and beliefs.

Sometimes, countries’ beliefs clash.

That has been the case in Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Some Inspirational Stories From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Watching the best-of-the-best compete for gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is inspirational.

But beyond the performance of the athletes, there have already been many other inspirational moments at these Olympics.

Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov fell and broke his ski during the Men’s Sprint Free Semifinals.

In true Olympic spirit he tried to keep going, knowing that although he no longer had any chance of winning, he needed to finish the race he had started.

However, his ski was broken in half.

He would end up limping across the finish line in front of the world, not to mention his fellow Russians who were cheering from the sidelines.

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Spectacular Opening Ceremony Kicks Off 2014 Winter Olympics

The eyes of the world are on Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place.

Last Friday, the official opening ceremony took the audience on a Russian journey. It began with the Russian alphabet, with each of the 33 letters highlighting a famous Russian person or achievement.

Later, the athletes flooded into the stadium, grouped according to country. Canada, with 220 athletes, has one of the largest teams in this year’s winter Olympics. The Canadians came into the stadium, a sea of red, behind flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser.

“It’s an amazing feeling being able to carry the flag and lead in this awesome powerful Team Canada,” Hayley Wickenheiser told CBC News. “I’m a very, very proud Canadian right now. It’s great to be Canadian in moments like this; you realize how lucky we are to live where we live. I hope everyone back home is proud and enjoys the games.”

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Highlights From The 2012 Summer Olympics

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the spectacular 2012 Summer Olympics.

• U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps now holds the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history. He has 22 Olympic medals, four more than the next highest Olympic medal holder (gymnast Larisa Latynina, from the Soviet Union, who has 18).

Not only that, but he has 18 gold medals—twice as many as any other Olympian.

Phelps won six medals in the 2012 Olympics.

• Four of the world’s top badminton women’s doubles teams were kicked out of the Olympics for throwing their matches.

The women deliberately tried to lose by serving wildly and hitting shots into the net or out of the court. Why?

If they had won their first matches, they would have had to play more difficult opponents. By losing their first matches, they would have been able to play easier, more beatable teams.

However, you’re not allowed to “throw” a match by losing on purpose so they were eliminated from the Olympics.