Recommended Reading: The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle To Keep Track Of Time

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games kicked off yesterday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and those of us in the United States are getting ready to watch the opening ceremonies later this evening. For some people, it will be all about the speed skating, for others the downhill skiing, and for others still the ice hockey tournament. But regardless of which events are your favorites, they almost all involve some element of timing – and it turns out solving each event’s unique challenges is much harder than it looks. 

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