Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics make history as least viewed games on record


Lauren Clair, Reporter

At least sixteen athletic records were broken at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics this February. Even the amount of people who observed the games has set a record.

“It’s really cool,” junior Alexa Reynolds said, “that Mirai Nagasu is the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics.”

Popular viewed sports within Utica include snowboarding, figure skating, and curling.

“[My favorite event was] men’s U.S. gold curling match.” junior Mackenzie Robertson said.

Although many people enjoy watching the international games, the national views dropped from 21.3 million in 2014 Sochi games to 19.8 million views in this year’s 2018  Pyeongchang games.

“People aren’t really as familiar with winter sports,” Robertson said, “you’re gonna get more people [wanting] things like volleyball.”

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Sports like volleyball, swimming, and cycling are hosted at these games.

“They’re bringing in new events and stuff [in the summer],” Robertson said, “like they did this winter for mixed doubles curling.”

Anticipation rises for the Summer Games where new events such as wrestling, baseball, and even skateboarding will be added to the list of disciplines, which will hopefully bring more viewers to the screen in the future.