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Winter Olympics – February 9-25
Two years ago we had the thrill of the Summer Olympics and now it’s time to root for your home country again. The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are the first Winter Olympics in Asia in 20 years and South Korea spent $13 billion to put on a great show.
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When you roll into a meeting with a whole host of people ready to tackle the competition, Team U.S.A. feels you. The 242-person team representing the U.S.A is the largest team representing any country in the history of the Winter Olympics.
While members of Team U.S.A. are not paid to participate in the games, they earn a little more than pride for winning a medal. Unlike your bonus checks that will still be taxed, this year, thanks to the elimination of the “Victory Tax,” most athletes will not be taxed on their medal bonuses. (Athletes earning more than $1 million a year like Shaun White, still have to pay taxes on their earnings). How much are the bonuses worth?
- Gold medal $37,500
- Silver medal $22,500
- Bronze medal $15,000
Lastly, we always talk about some of the greatest insights into sports are through social media. USA Today came out with a list of athletes you should follow on Instagram to keep up with the games. See it here.
Want more? Check out our Five Things To Know About The Winter Olympics.
NBA All-Star Game – February 18
The best in the NBA (National Basketball Association) will meet up at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (home of the LA Lakers and LA Clippers) for the NBA All-Star Game.
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Sometimes the cocktail reception is more fun than the actual dinner and usually that’s the case with the all-star game. The skills competition, including the famed slam dunk competition, usually take the cake for the big excitement. Not anymore. This year’s game has a new format. Teams were chosen by the top vote getters in each conference. In this case, LeBron James and Steph Curry picked their teams, regardless of conference, old school gym class style. While it would still stink to be picked last, at least you’d still be an all-star. It should definitely make for a more interesting game.
Daytona 500 – February 18
The Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) season which runs until November. The race is 500 miles long, hence the “500” after Daytona.
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If you’re dreaming of a beach vacation from your cubicle. The Daytona race originated on the beach in 1903. Although the race, as expected, looked a little different than the babes of Baywatch cruising up and down the coast. Check out the photos here.
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