3 things winter Olympics superfans will love: The Rabbit Hole


The Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea hit the slopes (and the slides, and the ice, etc.) six months from this week. Here are three things to hold Olympic fans over in the meantime.

We may be smack dab in the heart of summer, but believe it or not, six months from this week the 2018 Winter Olympics will be here. Well, not here, but in the rural winter sports resort city of Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Not to be confused with Pyongyang, North Korea) Now, maybe the winter Olympics aren’t as flashy as the summer games, but in their respective sports, they’re just as prestigious a stage. So what’s an Olympics superfan to do until opening ceremonies finally get here? Here are three suggestions:

Watch a winter sports movie

When it comes to winter Olympic sports movies, there are a lot to choose from: classics like Cool Runnings based on the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team, Miracle about the 1980 face off between the U.S. and Russian hockey teams, or even Blades of Glory. If you wanna get a little more of a deep cut, check out Men with Brooms, a 2002 romantic comedy featuring Leslie Nielsen about, you guessed it, curling.

Learn more about Pyeongchang

Unlike recent Olympic games in Sochi or Vancouver, Pyeongchang is a relatively small place to have the whole world watching. If you’re not planning on making the trip to the games, you can still learn more about the city, which is about 100 miles outside Seoul, before the games start up. There isn’t a ton of travel info out there about Pyeongchang, but we found a pretty comprehensive guide from the site Japanvisitor.com, which explains the big theme for these games is how compact they’ll be. The furthest venues will still be within 30 minutes of each other.

Stay in the social media know

In the months leading up to the games, you can also stay informed by following the official Pyeongchang 2018 Twitter account, which has been putting up behind the scenes training videos from Olympic hopefuls, venue progress updates, and more.

And, of course, all true Olympic superfans know the Olympic superfan to follow ahead of the games is SNL star Leslie Jones. During the 2016 Rio summer games, Jone’s enthusiastic livetweets were so epic, NBC invited her to attend as an official correspondent. It’s unclear whether Jones is as passionate about figure skating as she was about gymnastics, but here’s hoping.

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For more ways to further fuel your fandom, check back next week!