Politics threaten Olympics

Illustration by Walt Campbell

The cold air chills one’s body, the wind whispers in one’s ear. The white snow falls. These all signal the start of winter, and with it the 2018 Winter Olympics. As they come near, the United States must make a controversial decision of whether to attend.

According to The Guardian, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has raised doubt about the United States’ participation in the upcoming games.

Haley said, “There’s an open question of U.S. participation in the 2018 games, and it would depend on what’s going on at the time in the country,” according to Fox News.

The controversy of U.S. participation surfaced mainly because of the escalated tensions and threat of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea.

President Donald Trump recently took this war of words to Twitter.

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button’ is on his desk at all times,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Will someone from his depleted and food-starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

If it weren’t for Trump, the conversation of U.S. participation in the Olympics would be non- existent. It is necessary that he stops his radical actions that put 326 million American lives on the line.

Although tensions have surfaced rose between North Korea and the United States, it seems North Korea and South Korea have gained ground in peace talks.

According to CNN, North and South Korea met for talks at the demilitarized zone and is entering will enter the 2018 games under one flag.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the International Olympic Committee received multiple “interesting proposals” from the countries and that it would discuss with delegates from both countries in Switzerland on Sunday.

In terms of whether the U.S. should participate, many Americans believe the United States should.

In a poll by the Tylt, as of Jan 11, 21 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. should “#ProtectUSAthletes”and stay out of the games and 79 percent voted for “#Don’tKillDreams” in hope that the U.S. would participate.

South Korea has reassured countries that the Pyeongchang winter games would be the “safest in Olympic history”, as the amount of troops was doubled and extra precautions have been taken to defend the country against cyber attacks.

South Korea has also had a history of holding peaceful international events such as the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, according to The Guardian.

It seems safety concerns have been resolved therefore as a staff we believe the United States should participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics and allow athletes to decide whether to participate for



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