When English speakers say, “It’s like watching paint dry” it means that it’s really, really boring. And that’s what many people say (and I used to think) about curling.
But it’s really actually interesting to watch, once you know what’s going on. Here’s a “Beginner’s guide to curling, the world’s best sport ever” (from Sports on Earth), which explains it in a way that’s very easy to understand.
And then there’s Norway’s team with their crazy pants. Read about why they’re wearing such colorful pants — and they even had hearts on them for Valentine’s Day.
Also on the World Curling Organization’s site, you can find quotes by athletes and coaches, all the latest news, and videos, like this one about the history of the sport, which started in Scotland as far back as the early 1500s.
More videos on the World Curling TV YouTube channel
But she did it by practicing. A lot. And being supported by her family.
Here’s a video from a couple of years ago about snowboarder Chloe Kim and how she got started:
And here are a couple more videos about her from The Kid Should See This.
This article from VOA News explains that one of the hurdles the South Korean and North Korean women’s ice hockey players had to overcome was language: hockey terms in South Korea are mostly loan words from English, but in the language they use in the North, loan words have been removed.
Here are some of the examples, with the Hangul added (from Language Log):
If you want to read about how the game went, here’s an article from the New York Times: “United, They Fall: Korean Hockey Team Loses, 8-0, in Olympic Debut”.
The 23rd Winter Olympics start today in PyeongChang (平昌・pronounced ピョンチャン in Japanese), South Korea. Here’s a short video introducing this year’s games:
And this article from the Big Think explains some of the security in place, including drone technology like this one, where a drone catches a drone: