2022 Winter Olympics

By: Caelyn Hippen

What are the Olympics?

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The Olympics are an international sports event that takes place every 4 years. This year, the Olympics are taking place in Beijing. There are almost 3,000 competitors from 91 different countries. The Olympics have been a tradition for nearly 100 years. Another interesting thing about the 2022 Winter Olympics is that, in an attempt to increase gender equality, mixed events have become a core part of this year’s games.

What is the history of the Olympics?

The Olympic Games are a 16 day festival that originated in Ancient Greece as many as 3,000 years ago. The Olympics were then revived in 1896. The first modern Olympics had 280 athletes from 12 nations, in 43 events. The games were named for their location at Olympia, as the games were started to honor the gods. The Winter Olympics were later added.

How many events are there?

The 2022 Winter Olympics is expected to set a record with 109 events in 15 sports. The sports for this year’s games are: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled (the sport where 2 to 4 people slide down a track in a runner sled called a bobsled), cross-country skiing, curling (sport played on ice where athletes slide rocks made of granite closer to the target, known as the house), figure skating (watch Alysa Lui, she is team USA’s youngest athlete this year), freestyle skiing, hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.

What is the most popular sport in the Olympics?

This year, the most watched Olympic sport in the USA is figure skating. According to Google, skating overall has always been one of the most popular sports. In 2014, the most watched sports in the USA were figure skating and ice hockey. In 2018, ice skating overall was the most watched sport across the world. Figure skating has 5 events to watch – men’s individual, women’s individual, pairs, ice dancing, and the team event.

Are there new events this year?

The 2022 Winter Olympics will feature 7 new events. These events are: women’s monobob (this event is new this year for the women, in previous years this event has only been available for men), men and women’s big air skiing (sport where athletes ski down a ramp, fly into the air, and perform as many flips and spins as possible before reaching the ground), mixed team relay in short track speed skating, mixed team ski jumping, mixed team snowboard cross, and freestyle skiing mixed team aerials.

Where did Saint Valentine’s Day come from?

By: Ella Tabor

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Saint Valentine’s Day occurs on February 14th every year. On this day we celebrate love around the world by gifting our love interests chocolates, candies, teddy bears, flowers and more. Many have wondered “Where did this romantic tradition begin?”

My apologies to the romantics, however, the origins of Valentine’s Day have hardly anything to do with romance. Then why do we connect February the 14th with love?

Well, The legend roots itself in Christian and ancient Roman history. There are 2 versions of the story of Saint Valentine that are mainly told, the only real difference being their position in the church.

The legend depict Saint Valentine as a priest (or a bishop in the 2nd version) of Terni, who performed secret marriages to young lovers after the Roman emperor Claudius outlawed marriage for young men, believing that single men made better soldiers.

When Claudius caught wind of this, he ordered him to death. According to legend, while Valentine was imprisoned, he healed his captor’s blind daughter. He fell in love with her and before his beheading on February 14th, he sent her a letter.

This letter is believed to be the first Valentine’s greeting ever sent. He signed the letter with, “From your Valentine”. An expression still used to this day.

The validity of this story is argued. Historians have not decided between the 2, or if there is truth in either of them. “The two stories that everyone talks about, the bishop and the priest, they’re both so similar that it makes me suspicious”. Says Bruce Forbes, a professor of religious studies at Morningside college in Iowa.

Even though the story of Valentine was around, Valentine’s Day only started becoming a celebration of love starting in the Middle Ages, mainly thanks to English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Around the 1370s, Chaucer wrote “Parliament of Fowls,” in this poem he said, “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day when every bird comes to choose its mate”. Inspired by Chaucer, soon others started writing their own poems of love called “Valentines” for their lovers.

Thus connecting February the 14th with love.

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Sports schedule for: Feb 14-19

3:45pm2:20pm / 5:00pmBoys/Girls Nordic Ski MeetComo Park Picnic Pavilions
4:00pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. St. Paul AcademyHOME
7:00pm Boys Basketball vs. HumboldtHOME
8:00pm Boys Hockey vs. KennedyHOME
Boys – 2:00pm Girls – 3:00pm Boys / Girls Nordic Ski State MeetGiants Ridge
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmC/JV: 2:45pm/6:45pm V: 6:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Basketball vs. RooseveltMPLS Roosevelt High School
4:30pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. MPLS SouthHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. SimleyHOME
Boys – 9:00am Girls – 10:30am Boys / Girls Nordic Ski State MeetGiants Ridge
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmC/JV: 3:15pm/6:45pm V: 6:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Basketball vs. HardingHarding High School