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What part has the Oil and Gas industry played in the 2018 Winter Olympics?



From the fuel in the planes carrying the Athletes to the elastic used to hold googles securely to a competitor’s face, the Oil and Gas  industry has played a more important part in the 2018 Winter Olympics than you may have realised.

With the Winter Olympics currently taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea we thought we would show you the things which are used during the events, made possible by the oil and gas industry. 

Ice rinks

It would be extremely unhelpful for an ice rink to melt during a figure skating routine, so in order for the ice to stay cold and hard a special ethylene glycol-based fluid is used. This petroleum based product, often used in heat-transfer fluids, not only keeps your car engine from freezing in winter but helps maintain temperature precision of the ice and encourage peak performance during hockey and speed skating competitions.


The Oil and Gas industry helps skiers speed downhill at the Winter Olympics

Many Olympians probably don’t realise that they are representing the Oil & Gas industry by participating in the games. If they want a shot at the gold medal, skiers rely on hydrocarbon and fluorocarbon compounds—which take the form of waxes, fluids, and powders—to accomplish the two contradictory tasks of gripping the snow on the uphill while also gliding on the downhill. 
The googles which they wear need to stay firmly in place when they travel down the slopes at 80 - 90 mph. Thanks to the elastic band, which is made from petroleum-based products, the goggles stay secure.


If you are one of the small number of people who have never watched the Winter Olympics or the film Cool Runnings you might be wondering what Bobsleigh is. According to, “Bobsleigh is a winter sport invented by the Swiss in the late 1860s in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled.”

Originally the skeleton sleds were made of wood, but these have been replaced steel sleds which gained the name bobsleighs because of the way crews bobbed back and forth to increase their speed at the start. Most of the world’s top teams train and compete mostly on artificial ice tracks in sleek high-tech sleds made of fiberglass and steel. 
The steel industry is heavily tied to the Oil & Gas industry and one could not exist without the other. Therefore, anything made of steel is a direct by-product of oil & gas.

The Oil and Gas industry contributed to the equipment used at the 2018 Winter Olympics

The Mascots 

The 2018 Winter Olympic white tiger and brown bear mascots, Soohorang and Bandabi, are cute, fuzzy and larger than life, but the people inside the costumes would not be able to spread their Olympic spirit without the by-products that oil and gas make possible for these costumes. The hard plastic and latex (for the costumes and blow-up versions of the mascots), the colours/paint, the wiring within the costumes, transportation of the characters, and the general manufacturing process for all the materials that go into the fur and fabrics used are all direct products and by-products of the oil & gas industry.

The oil and gas industry is extremely important in all areas of our lives and even more important are those people who work in the industry. 


If you are looking for a job in an industry which powers competitions like the Winter Olympics, register with Fircroft today and explore what oil and gas vacancies are available. 

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