The 2018 Winter Olympics is scheduled on February 9 to 25. Let's take a quick look at the location, the mascot, venues, new events, how to watch the Games and ticket sales.
In 2011, Olympics officials have announced that a South Korean city had beaten top bids right Annecy, France, and Munich, Germany.
This year's host city is Pyeongchang, South Korea. The city is approx. 60 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, and it is around 80 miles (or 125 km) east of Seoul. It takes about 90 minutes by train between Seoul and Pyeongchang.
This is actually the second time that South Korea will host the Olympic Games (the first one was the Summer Olympics in 1988).
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympics is the 23rd Winter Olympics. The first Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924.
Time Differences and How to Watch the Games
South Korea is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 15 hours ahead of Chicago, and 14 hours ahead of New York. South Korea is 9 hours ahead of London.
For USA viewers, NBC shall broadcast the games online and on TV. In the UK, fans can watch the Games on BBC TV and other digital platforms.
Competition for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games begins on February 8 Thursday. Open ceremonies shall then be on the next day, February 9 Friday. Closing ceremonies will be on February 25 Sunday.
According to the Games' website, the men's ice hockey final is set on the last day of competition, whereas ski jumping, luge and biathlon events are scheduled at night under floodlights.
You can read more about the schedule here.
Sports - Are There New Events this Year?
There will be 102 events in 15 sports, thus making it the first Winter Olympics to exceed 100 medal events.
For 2018, the International Olympic Committee has added four new events.
On the ice, there's mixed doubles curling and mass start speed skating.
On the slopes, athletes will now be able to compete in mixed team alpine skiing and big air snowboarding.
Overall, athletes shall compete in 7 sports (biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing), with 15 various disciplines across all sports.
Athletes participating in the games are vying to win and take home at least one of the 102 medals up for grabs.
According to the official website, designer Lee Suk-Woo created the medals which feature dynamic diagonal lines and 3D consonants from the Korean alphabet that stretch across the face.
Amongst the bronze, silver and gold medals, the heaviest is the gold one at 586 grams. In total, 259 sets of medals have been made for this year's Olympic Winter Games.
List of sports and the corresponding number of medals available:
Alpine skiing - 11
Biathlon - 11
Bobsleigh - 3
Cross-country skiing - 12
Curling - 3
Figure skating - 5
Freestyle skiing - 10
Ice hockey - 2
Luge - 4
Nordic combined - 3
Short track speed skating - 8
Skeleton - 2
Ski jumping - 4
Snowboarding - 10
Speed skating - 14
The official mascot of the 2018 Winter Olympics is Soohorang, a white tiger. According to the Games website, the tiger is "closely associated with Korean mythology and culture" and is a "familiar figure in Korean folk tales as a symbol of trust, strength and protection."
The official mascot of the 2018 Winter Paralympics is Bandabi, an Asiatic black bear, native to the Korean peninsula. The bear is symbolic of strong will and courage.
Olympics Hosts in the Future
Winter Olympics 2022 - Beijing, China
Summer Olympics 2020 - Tokyo, Japan
Summer Olympics 2024 - Paris, France
Summer Olympics 2028 - Los Angeles, USA
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