It’s almost time for the Winter Animal Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. We noticed that the humans put out an announcement introducing their coverage team. We decided that would be a good idea, so here they are:
General Coordination and Coverage – Riki T. Tavi (mongoose) – our Asian Correspondent
Interpreters – Lexi (German Shepard) and Yuma Cho (Raccoon Dog) – you may remember Lexi as the ace translator we discovered during the cat food crisis a couple of months ago.
Cross-Country Tracking – Harold Hare – member of the gold medal-winning 2014 Snowshoe Hare team.
What it is: Teams compete to see who can locate the most food on a prepared track. There are separate events for carnivores and non-carnivores.
Favorites: badgers, hares, wolverines
Freestyle Skiing – Margaret Malamute – member of the 2014 Olympic Mixed Sled-Dog Team
What it is: Teams compete for a combined score based on how quickly its members get down the mountain. The skier must remain upright and no equipment is allowed.
Favorites: Dall sheep, reindeer
Freestyle Sledding – Edie Ermine – gold medalist, 2014
What it is: Teams are scored on how quickly its members are able to get down the mountain in the same position (back, front, sitting).
Favorites: ermine, seals, penguins
Ice Hockey – Bruno Brown Bear – member of the 2014 Brown/Grizzly Team
What it is: Teams compete to see how many chunks of ice they can get into their opponents goal. Players will be ejected for drawing blood on an opposing team member.
Favorites: polar bears, black bears
Luge – Penelope Penguin – silver medalist, 2014
What it is: Teams are scored on how quickly its members can get down an iced track on their backs
Favorites: penguins, polar bears
Raptor Grab – Arnie, member of the 2014 American Kestrel team
What it is: Teams compete to collect the largest number of fish in the shortest period of time. Points are deducted for bringing back game not marked with the Olympic. Participants are disqualified for bringing back prey that is not a fish.
Favorites: Red-Tailed Hawks, Golden Eagles
Sleigh Pull – Rodney Reindeer, gold medalist in 2014
What it is: Teams of four animals compete to pull a sleigh of two (friendly) adult black bears. Participants are disqualified for tipping the sleigh over. Note: bears may not be as friendly at this point.
Favorites: caribou/reindeer, moose
Underwater Relay – Oscar Otter, bronze medalist 2014
What it is: Teams of four animals compete to finish a circular obstacle course underwater with each member completing one quarter of the circuit. The winner is the fastest team with the fewest missed obstacles.
Favorites: otters, seals
We animals don’t tell time like the humans do. So just remember that all of the competitions will be during the day. But when it’s daytime in South Korea. So you might just want to set some kind of recording device or leave the channel on all the time.
See you in February!