The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These will be the largest winter games in history, attracting nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries. We'll preview the events and highlight some of the competitors, at least 16 of whom have ties to the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.
Let the Games Begin: 2018 Winter Olympics Open Friday
Junshiro Kobayashi of Japan competes in the Men's Normal Hill Individual Qualification at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Ann Killion, sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle