Olympic Class Shares Their PyeongChang Experiences

The GW students collecting data for the International Olympic Committee blog about the 2018 Winter Olympics.

February 20, 2018


Lee Hee-Beom, (center) a GW alumnus and president of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, joined GWSB interim dean, students and alumni. (Photo courtesy of Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti)

The George Washington University graduate students collecting data in the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea are documenting their experiences on a GW blog. From trying new foods to visiting authentic South Korean spas, the group of students, volunteers and alumni give firsthand accounts of their time at the Games.

GW Today is sharing a sampling of some of the students’ blog posts, unedited:

Messages of Hope and Peace at Opening Ceremony
On Friday evening, I attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympics. Not only did the Opening Ceremony mark the beginning of the Games but was also a celebration of Korean culture. The two-hour program was absolutely spectacular. Read more.

USA House
McKenzie Steele
We had the opportunity to visit the USA House! This is a place that not many people get to see, since it is one of the national houses that is closed to the public. Read more.

A New Helper
I was looking forward to learning how PyeongChang organizers would integrate technology into the Games; they did not disappoint. Read more.

A Great Big Warm Willkommen!
Heather Gartside
Willkommen means welcome in German! That’s exactly what we were last night in the Austria House. Read more.

Canada House and Blurry Selfies with Celebrities
Katie Joyce
After a hard day at work, a few of us decided to visit our neighbors from the north at Canada House. Their house is homey as its residents and their location right next to the Gangneung Olympic Park makes it the perfect spot for after some sporting events. Read more.

Witnessing Shaun White’s Redemption
Katie Joyce
I was lucky enough to be training at the Half Pipe slope when Shaun White redeemed himself of his Sochi disaster. Waking up early to get to the mountain was rough, but you can feel the excitement and anticipation building when the runs began. Read more.