Only one out of three Griswold High School freshman watched the Olympics, but two said the most interesting sport that they heard of was the freestyle snowboarding, the other said that curling was the most interesting. Curling is where a group of players use a technique called “sweeping” to clear ice from the path of a stone, while one player pushes the stone across a patch of ice into a goal. Players can not touch the stone with anything else other than the equipment.
Two out of three Helix Sophomores watched the Winter Olympics with all three choosing a different “most interesting sport” that they saw: Snowboarding, the Biathlon, and Skiing. The Biathlon is a winter sport that is a mix between downhill skiing and shooting a small target with a rifle. A player races down a hill on skis with their competition, and once they get down a hill, they are required to shoot at a target a certain number of times, if they fail to do so, they have to complete a penalty lap.
One hundred percent of the Junior class watched the Olympics, with different responses to what sport they found most interesting: Skiing, Figure Skating, and Curling. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Russians won the Figure Skating, walking away with a gold medal. Norway won the Cross-Country Skiing event with a gold medal. Finally, the United States walked away with a gold medal in Curling.
Out of Helix’s Senior class, two out of three did not watch the 2018 Olympics. Once again, there were three different answers for the most interesting sport they ever heard of, a list that included the Biathlon, the Skeleton, and the Luge. The Skeleton is much like the Bobsled, but with only one person participating at a time. Contestants have a sled where they lay down head first and run on the same track as Bobsled. For two days, contestants run twice and their best time is figured out at the end after they have run four races. Men and women both compete with the same rules. Luge is also known as Alpine Skiing, which is a downhill skiing event where contestants weave between flags that are lined-up down the snowy mountain side. In order to complete this sport, contestants must be very flexible and able to lean from side to side. The rules are the same for both men and women and winning is based on how close the runner can get to the flags and how quickly they can finish the track.
After Norway, which finished with thirty-nine total medals, coming in second was Germany with fourteen gold, ten silvers, seven bronze, and thirty-one medals in total. Third in line was Canada, who scored eleven gold, eight sliver, ten bronze, and twenty-nine in total. Fourth was the United States, with nine gold, eight silver, six bronze, and twenty-three in total. Last but not least, coming in at fifth place was the Netherlands, winning eight golds, six slivers, six bronze, and twenty total medals all together.