Winter Olympics 2018: What You Need to Know

The games of the XXXIII Olympiad take place in PyeongChang, Korea February 8 – 25. Public Market will be watching from our screen in the Food Hall (or in the cozy confines of The Periodic Table), and we hope you’ll join us.

Enjoying the Olympics fully always require some advance preparation. We hope the following tips help you plan your viewing schedule.

WHAT SPORTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS?
While the Summer Games seem to have 100 different sports, the Winter Olympics have just 15. On the slopes you’ll find alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding. Over on the ice, you’ll see curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, and speed skating. And last but not least, there are the sliding sports bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

WHICH AMERICAN ATHLETES ARE “ONES TO WATCH”?
There are always a number of athletes with gold buzz around their names. This year is no exception. You’ll want to catch some of the following competitors:

Nathan Chen
Sport: Male Figure Skating
Age: 18

Chen’s skating appears to defy the laws of gravity. Part of the hype comes from a record he’s already broken: landing five quadruple jumps in one performance, making him the first male figure skater to do so.

Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs
Sport: Bobsled
Ages: both 33

Meyers Taylor is a highly decorated bobsledding veteran with two Olympic medals. Gibbs is a relative newcomer who joined Meyers Taylor as a brakeman after Sochi, partly because she can deadlift 425 pounds. Together, they make a fearsome duo.

Lindsey Vonn
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Age: 33

Vonn, a legend on the slopes, had to skip Sochi due to an injury. But she’s back for her fourth Olympic Games, and still the most successful female ski racer in history. Will this be her final Olympic appearance?

Jordan Greenway
Sport: Ice hockey
Age: 20

Another history-maker, Greenway will be the first African-American to represent the U.S. on the hockey rink at the Olympics. He’s still in college at Boston University, where he plays forward.

LIVE-STREAMING VS. INTERNET HIGHLIGHTS VS. BROADCAST?
Trust us, the easiest and best way to watch the games is by sitting down for some #GoodEats at Public Market or Periodic Table and cheer the action with some friends at the Food Hall.