February 9 marked the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 30 years since the last time South Korea hosted the Olympics in 1988. The games were held in PyeongChang, South Korea, at high-altitude villages 80 miles east of Seoul. It was here that athletes from all across the globe came together as one and competed for their country's honor and glory!
Before today, the Summer Games of 1988 was the last time the Olympic games were held in South Korea. This was a significant event in the country's re-entry into the world as a rebuilt society. Tensions with North Korea were already in place and at the time, North Korea was expressing anger about not getting a chance to co-host the Olympics. Major concerns involving North Korean’s plot in disrupting the games arose in 1988 from these tensions, and they were banned from participating during that year.
During the PyeongChang 2018 Games, we witnessed great athleticism from all around the world, South Koreans and Korean Americans included. Some of these notable performances came from the following athletes:
Lim Hyojun - KR Gold in Men's 1,500m Speed Skating
Chloe Kim - USA Gold in Ladies' Halfpipe
Yun Sungbin - KR Gold in Men's Skeleton
Choi Minjeong- KR Gold in Ladies' 1,500m Speed Skating
Ladies' Speed Skating - KR Gold in 3,000m Relay
Ladies' Unified Korean Hockey Team - One point against Japanese team
The significance of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games stemmed from the ever-growing threat of North Korea throughout all of the world. Although unable to co-host as two separate countries due to time constraints, both North and South Korea entered the Opening Ceremony while marching under the Korean Unification Flag and also played under the Unification flag in Ladies' Hockey. These gestures were possibly a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bridge the political divides between the two countries. In the near future, now that the Olympic Games are coming to an end, we could very well see true diplomacy talks occur following this great event!
For now, let's continue to remember the unification of these two nations along with the rest of the world through the Winter Olympic Games of 2018! Our 2018 PC Limited Edition Collection did very well this Olympic Season, receiving a lot of support all around the world! There is still time left to get some memorabilia so don't miss your chance!