By Raymond Rolak
Pyeongchang, South Korea– Poland is scheduled to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25th. It will be the nation’s 23rd appearance at the Winter Olympics, having competed at every games since their inception in 1924. The Polish team consists of 62 athletes in 12 sports, which is the largest contingent ever. This surpasses the 59 athletes that competed in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
In the very eye-appealing ice-dancing discipline, Poland qualified one couple, Natalia Kaliszek / Maksym Spodyriev. This was based on its placement at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. This marks the country’s reappearance in the sport at the Winter Olympics, after missing the last edition in 2014.
Poland has eight men and six women qualified in speed skating despite they don’t have an adequate training rink. The entertaining women’s team pursuit qualified Katarzyna Bachleda-Curuś, Karolina Bosiek, Natalia Czerwonka and Luiza Złotkowska. The Netherlands are expected to dominate in speed skating. The opening ceremony of the Olympics took place with President Andrzej Duda and Sports Minister Witold Bańka on the spot to watch athletes taking part in the opening parade. Speedskater Zbigniew Bródka carried the red-and-white Polish flag in the ceremony
Kamil Stoch of Poland is favored to medal in ski-jumping as he previously won two Olympic gold medals.
The Olympics features 102 medal events across 15 sports this year. New events like mixed-doubles curling to old-staples such as hockey, snowboarding and figure skating, will have plenty of action to keep fans engaged. NBC-Television will be showing most of the coverage. Sports fanatics can spend their weekends binge-watching all the Winter Games has to offer.
There are a variety of ways to live-stream the Olympics this year, including www.NBCOlympics.com , NBC Sports App, BBC Sport and Eurosport Player. NBCOlympics.com is the main hub for schedules, event info, results and more.
J.R. Celski has a long list of career accomplishments. He has three Olympic medals: two from 5,000-meter relays and one from the 1,500 meters in 2010. He finished fourth in the 1,500 at the 2014 Olympics, and he has nine World Championship medals. The 27-year-old Californian has persevered through many injuries and is ready to medal again.
UNIFIED KOREAN Womens Ice-Hockey Team
The joint North and South Korean women’s ice hockey team created history as they competed on the first day of action at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. But the team suffered an 8-0 defeat by 2014 bronze medalists, Switzerland.