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Farewell Pyeongchang, Hello Beijing

Seoul Korea  Han River Night view

The closing ceremony in Pyeongchang ended another chapter in Olympic history. In a flashy display of fireworks and ingenuity, organizers created a program that infused components of ancient Korean culture with elements highlighting strong economic and technological advancements. Among its many exports that were on display, K-pop was front and center with performances from EXO and former 2NE1 member, CL.  

From the onset of these games fierce rivalries among athletes from the around the globe and tensions among participating nations had the world watching in anticipation. Audiences witnessed many firsts including a visit to the south from Kim Yo-jong, sister to Kim Jong-un who along with top North Korean officials cheered on athletes from both countries as they walked as one during the opening ceremony. While tensions ran high among world leaders much of the nail biting action remained between athletes. Among the most memorable were those between Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova, figure skaters whose undisputed talent help define a new standard for their sport at these games and added to their groups medal count competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia. (OAR's).

After finishing fourth in the medal count the United States also had much to celebrate. The men's curling team lead by John Shuster won their first gold medal in the sport. Adding to the list, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics. While Nathan Chen who was poised to win gold at these games but placed 17th after his short program gave a brilliant comeback performance in his free skate program to finish 5th overall after landing six quadruple jumps. Countless other moments created an unforgettable two weeks for competitors and spectators alike and as we say goodbye to South Korea and look ahead to the games in Beijing in 2022 check out these library resources to keep the party going.

  • Kanopy:  stream a variety of documentaries on Korea using Kanopy
  • RBDigital:  check out the latest issue of Billboard Magazine on RB digital to read the highly anticipated feature on BTS.
  • hoopla:  download or stream Korean feature films and ebooks using this service.

Gloria Melchor

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Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I graduated and received my Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University where I majored in Biology. I recently graduated with my Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from University of Oklahoma. I have many pastimes, one of which is reading (how obvious, right?), watching and playing soccer (even with my limited skills), spending time with my friends and family, and traveling whenever time and my bank account permits.

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