Winter Olympics continues for the second week

Ella McGuire, Sports Editor

The 2022 Winter Olympics are now in their second week, and with COVID, some things have been changed from the usual festivities.

The 2022 Olympics began on February 3 and will end on Sunday, February 20. This year, the Olympics is taking place in Beijing.
With COVID cases rising, Beijing did not sell tickets to the Games. Instead, Olympic authorities “selected” people to watch the Games. This way, the number of spectators are limited to keep the athletes safe.
In accordance to COVID safety, the audience must follow strict guidelines; this includes the athletes and the spectators. However, the guidelines will change with the number of cases.
Guidelines aren’t the only thing changing, though.
For the first time in over 20 years, Jamaica is now entering a bobsled team. There will be three teams competing in the bobsled events: four-man, two-man, and women’s monobob (single person).
Additionally, Shaun White, a three-time gold medal snowboarder on the US team, returned for his last Olympics but fell short of a medal.
Finally, the Women’s US hockey team is an exciting team to keep up with. The team has 23 players on their roster, and 15 of them have already competed in the Olympics. The team will play Finland in the semifinals on Monday.
There are two athletes in the Olympics who are from Maryland. The first is Summer Britcher from Baltimore. She is a luger. The second is Ashley Caldwell from Montgomery County. She is a freestyle skater.
NBC has been streaming the Games all February.
As of Sunday night, the United States has won 11 medals including five gold. The first US medal overall went to Julia Marino who is bringing home a silver for snowboarding.