The 2018 Winter Olympics are about to kick off — so, hey, why not take a moment to consider
what Winter Olympic sport you should watch based on your zodiac sign? I mean, you can and should watch whatever Winter Olympic sports you like during the two-and-a-half-week-long athletic extravaganza. But if you’ve been wondering if any sports in particular might appeal to you based on your sign’s purported character and personality traits, here are some suggestions.
2018 Games will be taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea from Feb. 9 (with some competitions beginning a day early on Feb. 8) through Feb. 25. It’ll be the second time South Korea has hosted an Olympics competition — the first time occurred in 1988, when Seoul hosted the Summer Games — but the first time the Winter Olympics have occurred in the country; what’s more, the 2018 Winter Games mark just the third time the Winter Olympics have occurred in an Asian city. (The other two cities were both in Japan — Sapporo hosted in 1972, while in 1998, the host city was Nagano.)
What’s more, this year’s Olympics are certainly shaping up to be… interesting. From the controversy surrounding whether or not
Russia will be allowed to compete to some unexpected results in the team selection process for some events, talk about the Games has already been looming large, even before the whole thing even begins.
But what if you’re not sure which sports to watch? Well, if you
believe in astrology — or even if you just find it fun, whether or not you think it’s accurate — certain sports will likely appeal to some signs more than others. Signs known for their daredevil nature, for example, probably won’t be enthused by curling; they might, however, enjoy some of the more extreme sports that are on the docket. (Hi there, skeleton.)
Here are a few ideas for you, based on what astrologers tend to read in ~the stars~. The
schedule for the 2018 Winter Olympics should help you figure out when to tune in for your sport; you can also find info on the airing schedules for a number of TV networks here.
May the best athletes win!
Aries (March 21 –April 19): Luge
Aries are the thrill-seekers of the zodiac, so the fast-paced, exhilarating speed of the luge should be right up the proverbial alley of those born under the sign of the Ram. One of the oldest winter sports in existence,it
made its Olympic debut in 1964; in this year’s Games, the event will take place from Feb. 10 through the 15th, with the races for medals occurring on the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. The scariest thing about the luge? No brakes. Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Cross-Country Skiing
The endurance and strength required for cross-country skiing will appeal to steady, practical Taurus folk, so tune in for those events during the 2018 Winter Olympics; they’re occurring on 10 different days, so there will be plenty of chances to catch the top skiers of the world in action. Expect the Nordic countries to walk away with the big prizes in these races — the
sport originated in Norway, so athletes from that area of the world tend to dominate in it. Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Ice Hockey
Geminis learn quickly, adapt to new situations easily, and play well with others, making them excellent at team sports. Ergo: Ice hockey! There will be games almost every day of the Olympics, although the medal-winning events aren’t until the very end of the Games. Somewhat astonishingly, this is only the sixth Winter Olympics to feature
Women’s Ice Hockey — it wasn’t accepted as an Olympic sport until 1992 and didn’t make its official debut until 1998. Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Alpine Skiing
Crab folk tend to be loners, so Cancers might consider tuning into one of the Winter Olympics’ signature solo (well,
mostly solo — there’s only one team event) sports: Alpine skiing. Alpine skiers have been competing in the Winter Games since 1936 — one of the longest-running sports on the program. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Snowboarding
What else should dramatic, theatrical Leos watch but snowboarding? By far the coolest Winter Olympic sport (as well as one of the most recent — it was developed in the 1960s and
joined the Olympic lineup in 1998), the snowboarding events always put on a good show. Events will be occurring on 12 days, eight of which are days medals will be in the mix. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Ski Jumping
Virgos are incredibly detail-oriented, so the precision required for successful ski jumps will almost certainly keep this sign glued to Olympics coverage. The
sport dates back all the way to 1808, too, so there’s also plenty of history to look into if that’s your jam. Qualifying rounds for the 2018 Winter Olympics will occur on Feb. 8 and 16, with medal competitions taking the stage on Feb. 10, 12, 17, and 19. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Curling Curling is by far the most peaceful and democratic winter sport, which is definitely in Libra’s wheelhouse; as such, this balanced, just, and fair sign won’t want to miss it during the 2018 Games. Although medal events will only occur on Feb. 13 and the last three days of the Olympics, other matches are on the schedule literally every single day — so don’t miss out! Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Bobsleigh
Commonly known as the bobsled, bobsleigh competitions usually consist of small teams of two or four people steering a heavy sled down an icy track at fast speeds; you
absolutely have to trust your teammates, making it a perfect sport for honesty-loving Scorpios. Although bobsleigh events for men have been part of the Winter Olympics since 1924, women’s bobsleigh events weren’t added until 2002, making this year just their fifth time appearing in the Games. Tune in Feb. 18 through the 21st, as well as Feb 24 and 25, for bobsleigh events; medal races will take place on the 19th, the 21st, and the 25th. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Freestyle Skiing Freestyle skiing actually consists of several different events, but what they all have in common is that they’re the stunt-driven and super cool. Energetic, enthusiastic, free-spirited Sagittarians will no doubt love the myriad events on offer here, from acrobatic aerial skiing to the bumpy, challenging moguls. 12 days of events are on the schedule for the PyeongChang Games, so there’s plenty to choose from. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Speed Skating
Capricorns are always incredibly preoccupied with time — so what better sport to
watch than speed skating? Every fraction of a second counts in these races, both for short track speed skating and the more standard variety. We may never see another Dan Jansen in our time, but the sport is still worth keeping an eye on — good thing there are events gunning for medals on a whopping 12 days, right? Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Skeleton
True story: Until now
, I did not know a sport called “skeleton” even existed. It does, though! It’s a lot like the luge, except that riders race face-down and travel head-first instead of racing on their backs going feet-first. Honestly, it looks terrifying — but apparently it’s the safest of the three sliding sports, according to Salon: The steering mechanism on a skeleton sled is “subtler and more precise” than it is on luge sleds, and it’s a lot lighter than a bobsled, so it won’t cause as much damage if it rolls over on you. All of which is to say that Aquarians — who can be cautious, but still somewhat eccentric — might dig this fascinating sport. Catch it Feb 15 through 17. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Figure Skating
You knew this was coming, right, Pisces? Romantic, balletic figure skating is all you. Singles, pairs, team — no matter which area you’re watching, this sport combines artistry with athleticism in a way that Fish folk will love. Fun fact: Figure skating is the sport that's been
on the program at the Winter Olympics the longest. You’ve got 12 days of events, five of which include battles for medals, to look forward to during the 2018 Winter Games.
The PyeongChang Olympics kick off with a few competitions on Feb. 8, then begin in earnest on Feb. 9. Raise your hand if you can’t wait!