The main winter sports event of 2018 is Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, has started. In South Korean PyeongChang, the Olympic flame was lit, and this means that we will witness an unforgettable sporting event that will last until February 25.
The diary of the Olympics is to show the most important things that happened during the competition day. We will try to make sure that you do not miss anything important and knew not only the results but also all interesting events, which, of course, these Games will be full of.
National Team of Ukraine
Despite the fact that the official opening took place today, on February 9, the competitions at the Olympic Games have already started.
The first athlete who performed in the sport's struggles was the freestyler Tetiana Petrova in the mogul discipline.
Mogul is a discipline of ski freestyle when the athlete is skiing downhill on a hillocky hill (on moguls) and jumping on trampolines.
Unfortunately, in the first qualification, Tetiana came 29th (46.19 points) out of 30 participants and could not make it to the final.
However, the chance to go further remains. According to the rules, after the first qualification, the top 10 players go to the finals, and the rest will continue to fight for 10 more passes in the second qualification.
It will be held on February 11, at 12:30 Kyiv time.
On the eve of the official opening, the first and the second group rounds of mixed doubles curling competitions took place.
Also, the qualification for ski jumping (K-98) among men took place.
The third and the fourth group rounds of mixed doubles curling competitions took place.
A short program was held for men in figure skating, As well as a short program among couples.
In freestyle, the first qualification for mogul among men was held.
Hero of the day
His name is Pita Taufatofua. He is the only representative of the island state of Tonga at the Winter Olympics and he attracted a lot of attention both before the Olympics and during the opening ceremony.
Before the Olympics, he became famous for his story. Pita participated in the last Summer Olympic Games as a Taekwondo player. But it was not enough for this ambitious representative of Tong - he decided to challenge himself at the Winter Games too.
Pita was retrained to be a skier and will participate in cross-country skiing competitions.
At the 2018 Olympics, he did a thing he got remembered for at the opening of the Summer Games 2016.
He covered himself with oil and with bare torso carried the flag during the parade of the countries participating in the Olympics.
If it was unusual at Summer Games, given the weather, it's quite "why not, if there are such traditions." But in winter in PyeongChang at below zero temperature, this caused little concern for the health of the athlete.
The scene of the day
The passage of athletes from South and North Korea at the opening ceremony of the Games under a single flag was quite touching. It is truly a historical moment.