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What You Need to Know about the 2018 Winter Olympics

Tags: Winter Olympics.
Posted on Friday, February 09, 2018 by "T".

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.

Host City
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.

Schedule
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.

The Medals
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 Mascots
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

 

Want to place a few bets on the 2018 Winter Olympics? Then we recommend that you check out our betting bonuses

Source:
https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018

 


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16 comments for "What You Need to Know about the 2018 Winter Olympics"

 godoy2/9/2018 1:22:02 PM GMT
and with great fear that I see these winter games near a country like korea of death with his current dictator but I hope it is well played and well disputed with much peace and joy
 CALICUL2/9/2018 1:34:11 PM GMT
to be honest i do not know anything about winter games. I do not watch this either on TV or on the Internet. People do the same in general. These games i believe have many followers with aged 50 years or more. The rating shows that these games are being watched quite a bit.
 Sandmanilo2/9/2018 5:24:36 PM GMT
Thank you very much for this preview. I'm not sure if I will watch all the events of Winter Olympics, but some of them will definitely be on my schedule. Hope that our russian team will win the hockey final. Good luck to all competitors.
 ivanjkp2/9/2018 8:11:48 PM GMT
Posted by Sandmanilo:
Thank you very much for this preview. I'm not sure if I will watch all the events of Winter Olympics, but some of them will definitely be on my schedule. Hope that our russian team will win the hockey final. Good luck to all competitors.

Well to shame that many from Russia is baned for this Winter games because doping scandal i think 111 of them or more and more worst then that is to this year no medal for Russia they will be count like indenpended country ....Russian hockey team will be called OAR .....

To edit myself Smile
Russian will be neutral athletes at the Games in Pyongyang and only 168 come from original roster of 500 that the official news says ....
 pajalnick2/10/2018 8:04:50 AM GMT
as probably many people understand in the history of the doping scandal, of course, some Russian athletes are really to blame .... but when the olimpiad is not allowed to the leaders of the Russian team who have nothing to do with doping it is wrong .... politics is now above the sport and it's sad
 doubletop7772/10/2018 9:00:57 AM GMT
I love to watch the Olympics, Summer or Winter, and i will be tuning in to watch. It's just the multitude of events you can watch and i am surprised every four years at what i become addicted to, Curling for instance
 Mober2/10/2018 10:22:27 AM GMT
I like winter olympics. It has many games that i watch when i have the time, like ski.
What i liked very much also was the video that google has with the daily recap.
A quick view with info on what happened. May the best athletes win Smile
 dule-vu2/10/2018 11:58:34 AM GMT
when I was younger watched more of this,but today I dont like lot of this sports!what can I watch and to be fun,at least some fun!hockey ok,ski jumping ok,but other nothing special for me!maybe I missed some good sport!
 CALICUL2/10/2018 1:35:17 PM GMT
there is the possibility for Russian athletes to compete for other countries or can not do that. I knew he could compete under another country flag but now i do not know if the law is permissible. I have the impression that these Russian competitors were forced by Putin to dope. 1,000 Russian athletes from over 30 sports disciplines have been involved in a centralized doping system with the support of secret services. This is an inadmissible thing and only politicians can organize such a horrible thing. Angry
 bowie19842/10/2018 11:32:36 PM GMT
Posted by doubletop777:
I love to watch the Olympics, Summer or Winter, and i will be tuning in to watch. It's just the multitude of events you can watch and i am surprised every four years at what i become addicted to, Curling for instance

Yeah, agree. Watching women curling especially when scandinavian teams are playing is very... Khm, nice to my eyes.
 demodawggy2/11/2018 6:52:50 AM GMT

... Big Smile< ...It's nice to see that North Korea's second in command is shaking hands and being friendly with South Korean leaders during the opening ceremonies...! Smile Thumbs Up

.... Big Smile< ...Hopefully it's legitimate and the North isn't just using the event to propagate further propaganda...! Smile Thumbs Up Heart
 Calmplay2/11/2018 9:00:15 AM GMT
I'm not a big fan of the Winter Olympics neither but I like sports betting so for sure I will have a close look at it as maybe I will find interesting markets that will earn me some extra cash if rightly choose...
 Mober2/11/2018 11:09:14 AM GMT
More sports to be for sure, but i dont think this will be easy for most of the bettors.
Not games that you usually bet at, so you can say the knowledge is limited here.
But you can always get lucky and hit big in a good combo Smile Good luck.
 Mysik862/12/2018 6:29:45 PM GMT
Like guy from Poland, I must say that the ski jumping competition was insane... I don't like that the judges want to put Germans / Norwegians on the box at all costs. I don't like that nowadays sport is more and more fake... Like the Norwegian took 6000 (!) anti-asthma medications - what's wrong with the sport???
 bowie19842/13/2018 2:11:16 AM GMT
Posted by demodawggy:
.... Big Smile< ...Hopefully it's legitimate and the North isn't just using the event to propagate further propaganda...! Smile Thumbs Up Heart

Isn't it weird that they did not have some weird rocket missile test during the games? One would think they would time those so they could have all they eyes on them...
 pajalnick2/13/2018 10:23:26 AM GMT
Posted by Mysik86:
Like guy from Poland, I must say that the ski jumping competition was insane... I don't like that the judges want to put Germans / Norwegians on the box at all costs. I don't like that nowadays sport is more and more fake... Like the Norwegian took 6000 (!) anti-asthma medications - what's wrong with the sport???

here is one example of the fact that now there are a lot of politics in the sport .... some athletes who previously used dope participate in these games without problems ..... but for example some athletes from Russia who have never been charged with doping are not allowed to run without explanation reasons

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