The 2018 Winter Olympics are said to start within the next few days . There are some things that people should know about the Olympics 2018 that are interesting and can affect the relationships between countries. Many people all over the world get excited about these games.
Winter Olympics 2018 Overview
Host city: Pyeongchang, South Korea
Opening ceremony:9 February
Closing ceremony:25 February
Stadium:Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
TV coverage: NBC (USA) & BBC (UK)
Watch Live Online: fuboTV (free trial)
Motto: Passion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정. (Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating: 92
Athletes participating: 2,925
Events: 102 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
The Winter Olympics 2018 will begin on February 8, 2018 and they will continue to February 25, 2018. The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, February 9th even though the events will start on the 8th. The games will be held in PyeongChang which is a city that is located in the country o South Korea. This will be the first time any city in South Korea had the honor of hosting the winter games. This city if located in the providence of Gangwon. Due to the high elevation this is an ideal area for skiing and hiking. Most of the winter events will be held at the Alpensia Sports Park which is part of the Alpensia Resort or winter sports.
In the Olympic 2018 games there will be 15 different sports that include both individual and group events. There are a number of sports that are set to happen on the slopes of the mountain. They include skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, freestyle, combined styles, snowboarding, and ski jumping. There will be many events that will be held on the ice. They include bobsledding, curling, ice hockey, the luge, short track competitions, and speed skating. Out o these 15 sports there will be 102 events where people will compete to be the top three in the world.
During the Winter Olympics 2018 there are six new events that have been added. They include team events such as alpine skiing, mixed doubles curling, and men’s and women’s snowboarding. There will also be speed skating or both men and women. Each of these events will have the traditional first, second, and third place.
There are some changes to how a person can watch the games. The station NBC will be hosting the games but for the first time the events will be shown live in all different time zones. There will be no delay in watching the games and a person will see the events live no matter where they are living. A person can watch the games online at their site NBCOlympcis.com and they can recap the events in the NBC Sports app. In total there will be 2,400 hours of the games that will be streamed. NBC has exclusive rights to broadcast the games until the year 2032.
Many people are wondering if athletes from Russia will be allowed to complete in the Olympic games. In 2018 Russia was suspended due to athletes using performance enhancing drugs. The athletes will be invited to the games and they will have the chance to compete under strict conditions. They will also need to compete under the title Olympic Athletes from Russia. The Russian flag will not be featured at the games. This decision was made after a three year investigation and it has been found that athletes have been using performance enhancing drugs against the rules and regulations of the Olympics.
North Korea will send a delegation to the games. This decision was made after two years of discussion between the countries. The delegates would include athletes as well as officials and a cheering section for these athletes. According to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un he wishes South Korea success in hosting the games.
The ticket sales for the Winter Olympics did not sell as well as expected. This can be due to threats of weapon usage from North Korea. South Korea is looking for more than 1 million people to attend the games. They number would include 750,000 locals. To date only 52,000 local citizens have purchased tickets to the events.
The National Hockey League has stated that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter games. It will not provide accommodations to the athletes that are going to be participating in the events and will not stop the 2017-2018 hockey season for those that are going to participate in the Olympics. The decision not to participate was made after the Olympic Committee said they would not cover the costs to players to attend these events.
The Olympics have their own mascot for the events. The 2018 games will feature the mascot named Soohorang. This figure is an animated adaptation o a white tiger. The white tiger is known as the guardian animal in Korea. The name of the tiger is also symbolic. Sooho means to protect and rang is the Korea word for tiger.
The metals for the winners of the events were created by Lee Suk-woo who is a designer of South Korea. Lee got inspiration from the texture of tree trunks for the game and used three dimensional characters of the Korean alphabet on the design. The gold, silver, and bronze medal will be held from teal and red ribbons. The ribbons are made from the Gapsa which is a traditional fabric in South Korea. The gold metal will weigh in at 586 grams. For these games there have been a total of 259 medals made.
Many people are worried about the safety of the games. With weapons testing in North Korea and the international threat of terrorism some athletes are a little nervous about competing. The officials of South Korea as well as those on the Olympic Committee ensure that the games will be safe. Every precaution is being taken to protect the athletes as well as those in attendance.
The games have not begun and many people are wondering about the summer games. In 2020 the summer games will be held in Tokyo. The next Winter games in 2022 will be held in Beijing. Asian nations and taking an interest in the games and they are going out of their way to make things accommodating for the athletes and the spectators.
These are some things that fans of the Olympics 2018 Winter Games should know. This information will help a person stay informed about all the events and happens in the games including when and how to watch them.