2018 Winter Olympics in Korea: Everything You Need To Know

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Some of the world’s best athletes are gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics that are set for February 9th – February 25th.

 

Which city is hosting?

The host city this time for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games is PyeongChang, South Korea.

After two previously unsuccessful attempts, the South Korean city won the rights this time to hold the Winter Games, beating top bids like Munich, Germany and Annecy, France.

This is the second Olympic Games held in South Korea, after hosting the Summer Olympics in 1988. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Opening and closing ceremonies will be housed at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure with capacity for 35,000 spectators.

 

What are the events?

Competitions for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games begin on the 8th of February, Thursday.

Opening ceremonies will take place on the 9th of February, Friday; meanwhile, the closing ceremonies will be held on the 25th of February, Sunday.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will hold 102 events in 15 sport disciplines. Some of the sports include skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, curling, and snowboard.

Image from: ABC News
Image from: ABC News

There are four new events added to this year’s Winter Olympics: big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating and mixed doubles curling.

You can find the full event schedule for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games here.

 

What is the mascot?

The mascot for this year’s Winter Olympics is a white tiger named Soohorang. The white tiger has long been associated with Korean history and culture. It symbolises trust, strength, and protection offered to the athletes, participants of the Games and spectators.

Image from: CNN
Image from: CNN

 

What do the medals look like?

The medals for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games are created by Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean designer.

Image from: ABC News
Image from: ABC News

The medals are crafted with a texture to resemble tree trunks, with dynamic diagonal lines and three-dimensional characters from the Korean Hangeul alphabet.

According to the website, the tree trunks symbolises

“……the work that has gone into developing Korean culture and the Games themselves.”

The gold medal weighs at 586 grams, the heaviest of all medals. A total of 259 sets of medals have been casted for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

 

How to watch?

If you are in the United States, NBC, for the first time ever will be broadcasting the live coverage of the Games on television, on its app, and online, instead of a delayed replay. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, you can watch the Games via BBC on television or BBC iPlayer online.
Other online US-based TV streaming services where you can watch the Games via NBC Sports are YoutubeTV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, and Hulu with Live TV. Do keep in mind though that you will need a US IP address in order to access these online sites or you will not be able to access the content from abroad.

 

Why you should book a trip to South Korea for the Games?

Some of the world’s most talented athletes will be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.

Image from: NBC Olympics
Image from: NBC Olympics

You get to watch athletes live like Jamie Anderson, Nathan Chen, Gus Kenworthy, Chloe Kim, and Shaun White, competing for the gold medal.

Apart from the games, you also get to explore Korea’s top attractions, best food and its rich history. Korea is well-known for its beautiful blend of the old and the new. You get to spend days exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Hwaseong Fortress, stroll around in bustling Seoul, visit temples and food markets in the evenings too.

Image from: Visit Seoul
Image from: Visit Seoul

Some of the main attractions in South Korea that you definitely shouldn’t miss are the Gyeongbokgung PalaceN Seoul TowerNamiseom IslandBukchon Hanok VillageMyeong-dong, and Insa-dong.

 

Which country will be hosting the next Winter Games?

After South Korea, Beijing will be the next country to host the next Winter Games in 2022.

You might have recalled Beijing hosting the Summer Olympics in 2008. The next Summer Games will be in Tokyo in 2020, followed by Paris in 2024 and then Los Angeles in 2028.