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Going for the Gold: Dig Deeper – PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Photo courtesy of NBC Olympics

It’s a great time to be a sports fan! Still reeling from the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, the city is buzzing with excitement. Villanova Men’s Basketball remains at the top of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games commence tomorrow; the opening ceremony beginning at 6 a.m. ET (live) and 8 p.m. ET (taped).

The games will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC; the NBC Sports App and NBCOlympics.com will also provide steaming coverage from Feb. 8 to Feb. 25. View the full event schedule and stay up to date with results by downloading the official app of the Games. Here are some helpful links to get you ready for the competition:

 https://www.olympic.org/ (Official website of the Games)

Olympics 2018: Everything you need to know about the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea

U.S. team for PyeongChang largest of any nation in Winter Olympic history

The games, hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea (not to be confused Pyongyang, North Korea) will be brutally cold, the wind chill hovering around 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the “mountainous region of PyeongChang, the coastal area of Gangneung and the town Jeongseon.” Unsuccessfully securing the bid for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, the town of PyeongChang finally prevailed, beating out “Munich and Annecy, France, to host the 2018 Games.” Interested in learning more about PyeongChang? Take a look at the the resources below:

Perseverance Pays Off

Pyeongchang vs. Pyongyang: What’s the Difference?

CIA World Factbook: Korea, South

Economist Intelligence Unit: South Korea

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) The Olympic Rings are illuminated at a snow festival site on the day of the PyeongChang 2018 one year to go on February 9, 2017 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Library also has a number of resources on the history of the Olympic Games:

A Brief History of the Olympic Games,” David C. Young

Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2016,” John Robert Gold & Margaret M. Gold

Sport 2.0 : Transforming Sports for a Digital World,” Andy Miah

Female Olympians: A Mediated Socio-Cultural and Political-Economic Timeline,” Linda K. Fuller

Sport, Protest and Globalisation: Stopping Play,” Jon Dart & Stephen Wagg

The Victor’s Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium,” David Potter

The Ancient Olympics,” Nigel Jonathan Spivey

Villanova Olympians

Enjoy the Games, Wildcats! Here’s hoping we’re witness to another “underdog” victory!


Photograph of Merrill SteinResource links provided by Merrill Stein, subject librarian for political science, psychology, public administration and geography.


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Last Modified: February 8, 2018