How to Add a Little Family History to This Year’s Olympics

By RachelF

The opening ceremonies are right around the corner! Here’s how to add a little family history to your Olympics experience this year.

Family History Olympics Siblings Reunion

Friday’s opening ceremonies will officially begin the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This year’s games offers plenty of opportunities for genealogists to practice their love of family history, from teams of siblings to family reunions!

Team USA has seven sets of siblings competing in this year’s Olympics, including Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando who were the first set of twins to play Olympic hockey back in 2010.

Skiers Bryce Bennett and Ryan Cochran-Siegle are staying true to their family history this winter as both men come from a long line of Olympians.

This year’s Olympics offers hope that as North and South Korea march under the same flag, families who have been separated for years by the political struggle will finally be able to have a family reunion.

Nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 nations will compete in this year’s games, which are the first winter Olympics to be held in South Korea. Brush up on your history of South Korea with this vintage map.


For the schedule of events, check out the Olympics homepage.