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Three Facts on Sweden and Winter Olympics 2018

It seems like ski is the national sport of Sweden as I spotted so many people during my first ski trip. So, it does not come as a surprise to me when I found out that five out of seven medals which Sweden gets were from skiing. Let’s dig out more about Sweden in the current Winter Olympics in PyeongChang with these facts.

As a newbie in the sports-watching world (is this even a term?), I found three interesting facts about the Swedish team. Starting from the top, the opening ceremony…

#1 The golden opening

Niklas Edin was the flag bearer in the opening ceremony. Shiny. He is from the men’s curling team and in the 2014 Winter Olympics, he won the bronze medal. Speaking of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony and Sweden, it makes sense when an online news crowned this team as the number one in ’10 best and most surprising outfits’. One cannot doubt the Swedish fashion style. Although, I am not surprised that black was the dominant colour in the team’s outfit. That is so typical of Swedes.


#2 The youngest Swede in the Olympic ice hockey history

Despite some blues from the ice hockey as several players who play in the USA and Canada could not join the Winter Olympics this year, there is a blessing in disguise. Meet Rasmus Dahlin who is only 17 years old when he got selected to join Swedish ice hockey team for the current Olympics. One of the biggest achievement that I did when I was 17 years old was getting the drivers license.


#3 The medallist

According to the official website of the Winter Olympics, Sweden has seven medals consist of four golds and two silvers. Alpine skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing are the three sports contributing to the medals. Charlotte Kalla won the first gold in “Ladies’ 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon” while Frida Hansdotter won the latest gold (so far) in “Ladies’ Slalom”. With the observation done during my latest ski trip and the Winter Olympics facts, I think we all can agree that ski is the national sport of Sweden.

The PyeongChang 2018 is still ongoing. Support Sweden and watch their games. Oh, in case you want to know about the schedule you can have a look here (the time is in GMT +1). If you would like to know more about Swedish legendary athletes, head out to the official website of Sweden here. How many of the legendary Swedish athletes from the list that you know of?

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