Ladies, gentlemen (and lemurs), boys, girls and animals of every species, welcome one and all to a new thread for 2018 celebrating the winter Olympic Games! While the games do not start for exactly a month as I create this thread, anticipation is growing as qualification is underway and teams are announced. To start we can use this thread to talk about the teams, medal hopes, predictions and qualifications occurring in many winter sports. I would suggest watching some before the games to build up some knowledge that may help you understand what's going on as certain sports can be confusing ( for my fellow UK members the BBC sport website shows bobsled and skeleton and Eurosport shows biathlon, alpine skiing and cross country skiing and will also show the games like the BBC) When the games start feel free to talk about the sports, ceremonies, winners and losers. So long as it links somewhat to the games it's fine by me! This thread like the Olympics will be international and despite certain issues please do not turn this thread political or barrate other nations for doing poorly or well. Please let's keep this kind and fun, like @bongorob and his EPL thread it's a chance for animal lovers who like sport as well as animals to talk and have fun. I hope you enjoy the next month and 2 weeks. Heck if this goes well perhaps I will do this or others will be inspired to do this with other major sporting events. So as they say: let the youth of the world come together here (with a love of animals) and enjoy a great sporting spectacle! Please feel free to ask me any queries you have or suggest how the thread could be improved upon feel free to ask!