7 Warm Messages The 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Spread To The World

7 Warm Messages The 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Spread To The World

A time of national glorification and athletic spirit.

As the 2018 Winter Olympic games begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the world came together once again for a 17-day festivity of sports and talents. Despite the differences between these nations, the Winter Olympic Games has promoted a sense of renowned nationalism among the athletes, bringing the world towards a united front. The 2018 Opening Ceremony incorporated great technology and skill to bring the stadium to life while broadcasting Korean culture in its wake. The stunning plays on light and fireworks brighten the arena with lively spirit and eventful cheer, with these five messages making the 2018 Winter Olympic Games one of the most memorable of the year!

1. Hope and Everlasting Peace

With the introduction of the shifting prairies and the white tigers and phoenixes, the Koreans exemplified a subtle yet strong sense of peace by depicting the journeys of the children from now to the present. Along with the traditional music choices of Korea, over a thousand performers joined together to create an astounding master piece surrounding the message of hope. The blend of colors creating the arena floor acts as a representation of the different spheres coming together to create an artwork of harmony and balance.

2. Unification

No doubt, the marching of North and South Korea as a unified state brought skepticism and fear; however, this marks a historical turning point as Korea becomes a joint nation for the first time. Not only does this march have significant symbolism, the Olympics itself creates a new front of athletic nationality.

3. Technological Advancement

Never before has a ring of fire or a snowboarder made up of drones lit up the skies of the Olympic Games. Nonetheless, Korea's presentation brought fundamental evidence to the advancements of technology that has been brought upon by human development. In comparison to other Olympic Ceremonies in the past, none of the countries have relied on and presented technology as much as the Koreans have, which thus showcase the technological advancement and superiority this nation has brought to the world.

4. Bright and Prosperous Future

The overall spirit that conducts itself over the athletes and their supporters is compounded by smiling performers and breathtaking projections that channel into a column of gold and a prosperous future. Each and every performance during the ceremony brought forth charged emotion and hope, which alluded to the Korean's message of peace and prosperity. With the unification of the world, the gold colors and bright charisma of each performance was yet another calling for greatness.

5. Appreciation and Nationality

Nationalism is nonetheless the fundamental factor fueling the Winter Olympics, and as the different flags wave brightly in the frigid air, nothing warms the heart more than the gratitude toward this opportunity. With each flag projection across the arena floor, the numerous cheers brings about a greater sense of appreciation and national spirit.

6. Musical and Cultural Appreciation

Not only does this represent traditional Korean culture, the performance portrays the culture itself as beautiful, gratifying and extremely complex. The many layers and emotions brought by the hundreds of drummers exemplifies the nature of Korean culture itself.

7. Spirit

As fireworks go off outside the arena, anticipation for the games sparks greater spirit among not only the athletes but also the fans. The previews of the beautifully constructed alpine slopes and ice rinks were enough to have the views drumming with anticipation. And thus, without further ado.....

Let the games begin!

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A Thank You Letter To The Best Teammate I've Ever Had

There's no "I" in team.

We all have those amazing memories when it comes to sports. Sometimes it is from winning tough games, but most of the amazing memories that we have come from the teammates that we shared those wins with. Teammates are the people who you spend so much time with that you eventually become a family. Teammates do more than help just win a game; they can be there through everything. There's always that one teammate that stands out from the rest, and this letter is for you.

Thank you for being selfless.

Looking back, I remember a lot of teammates. Some were great and some were not that great. I've had teammates who have only cared about their playing time. I've had teammates that have only cared about if they score more goals or more points than anyone else. You did not care about that. If the coach told you to play a position that you did not want to play, you still played it without a complaint. If I was tired at a certain position and wanted to switch you, you did it. You never complained about where you were playing or how many goals you had; you just wanted the team to win.

Thank you for having my back.

The best kinds of teammates are the ones that support you no matter what you do. I got a red card? That referee is stupid. I got into a fist fight during a game? You were the first one next to me swinging. Some girl makes fun of me on social media for messing up in a game? You were roasting her in her mentions. Even if I was right or wrong, you always supported me no matter what I did.

Thank you for seeing me at my worst and building me back up.

There are always times in an athlete's life where we run to the point to where we need to throw up. There are times where we go through games and miss too many shots. There are times where we get a little too mad at our coaches and feel as if we cannot deal with it anymore. You were the one that got me through it. When I was in the middle of a run and my lungs were burning, you stayed right next to me and reminded me that there wasn't much longer to go, even if there was. You always reminded me how capable I was by yelling at me and telling me to go score. You've seen me tired, sweaty, crying, screaming and throwing up. After all that, you still went out of your way to build me back up and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for making me love the game.

Without people like you, I would have had a very rough ride through my sports career. I have had teammates that have made me go home crying because they were so mean and rude. I have had teammates who have only cared about themselves. Without you, I would've forgotten what a good teammate is. Looking back, all I remember is the celebrations, the screaming random songs in cars and us hating each other's exes automatically... Then talking about all these things at practice. Thanks for being a leader with me. Without you and the rest of the team, I would not have loved the sport that I played.

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UFC 241: Showtime For Nate Diaz

The Long-Awaited Grudge Match Has Been Made


Former UFC Lightweight Champion and Former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis gets himself an opponent he has been waiting for since he was sitting at the throne in the UFC's Lightweight division. Coming off of a knockout of the year candidate after he knocked out top welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson with a flying superman hook is booked in a fight that could very well be the fight of the year. It was announced that the returning Nate Diaz will meet Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in the Co-Main Event slot at UFC 241 in the welterweight division.

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At UFC 241 Nate Diaz will be returning to the welterweight division is a bout that will be huge as the main event is the rematch between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel "D.C." Cormier in a rematch that has been way too far overdue.

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