Olympic Fever


Hello everyone,

The Olympics finally got underway last week. Did you watch the opening ceremony? It was interesting to see how it would go without any spectators in the stadium. It took a long time for all of the countries to present their teams. All of the big countries had huge teams, and it was nice to see some of the world’s smallest countries being represented too. We don’t know much about many of the smaller countries, such as Kiribati, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, etc. Where are they? What is their culture like? We got some idea of their native fashion from what they wore in the opening ceremony. I hope athletes from those countries can win something. It’s always nice to see an underdog win. Did you know that there are 193 recognised countries in the world, but there are 205 Olympic teams! Why? This is because there are some teams from areas that are politically disputed, for example Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kosovo, and so on. They aren’t formally recognised as countries, but they can enter a team into the Olympics. As you can imagine, it took hours for all of the teams to parade around the stadium. I was surprised to see Ireland as one of the first countries out. In previous Olympics they begin with A. But in katakana Ireland begins with “ア”, so they were one of the first teams in the Japanese alphabet. My favorite part of the ceremony was when a giant floating globe was made by many flying drones above the stadium. It was impressive to see what drone technology is capable of.

So how are the Olympics going so far? We are now on day 5, and both USA and Japan lead the gold medals with 8 each, closely followed by China with 7. So it’s a very close race for the gold medals so far. Ireland has nothing yet. They aren’t a big name in the Olympics, but hopefully they can get a few medals in boxing. Good luck!












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