The Winter Olympics are open!

Get psyched for PyeongChang with a video of Canadian Olympians discussing their superstitions
winter games The mascots are ready and so is PyeongChang 2018! (Yooran Park | Dreamstime.com)


If you got up super-early this morning, you would've been exposed to a treat — the opening ceremony of the Winter Games!

After all kinds of fanfare and buildup (as well as a couple days of competition...the Olympics like to get a headstart), PyeongChang 2018 has begun. Even with the Russia ban, there are still 2,925 athletes from 92 countries participating in 102 events, making this a record-breaking Winter Games in many ways. For example, the United States team has 242 athletes in it. That's the most ever for a country at the Winter Games.

Canada, the True North strong and...superstitious?

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Canadian superstar snowboarder Max Parrot training in PyeongChang on February 7. (Getty Embed)

Meanwhile, Canada accounts for 225 of those athletes. That's about 7.6% of the competitors there—a crazy impressive number considering that we have less than a tenth of the population of the U.S.! (Of course, the most successful country in the history of the Winter Olympics is the small country of Norway, which has won 332 medals. Size doesn't matter, people!)

Anyway, watching these Olympics live will be a bit of a challenge. Depending on where you live in Canada, South Korea is anywhere from 12.5 to 17 hours ahead of you. For example, the opening ceremony that took place at 8:00 p.m. Korean time began at 6:00 a.m. in Toronto. Yikes!

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The Canadian Winter Olympic team enters the stadium in PyeongChang during the Opening Ceremony last night, er, this morning, Go Canada! (Getty Embed)

Still, don't worry. Broadcasters will be repeating all of these events throughout the day — you won't miss a thing! And to get you ready to cheer on all of Canada's 225 athletes, here's a video of many of them discussing their superstitions.

Enjoy the Games, and good luck to all of the competitors. We'll be updating big events as the Games go on!


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