The 2018 Winter Olympics: What You Need to Know


PyeongChang, South Korea, will host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games with the 17 days of Olympic competition set to take place from Feb. 9-25. More than 2,800 athletes from 95 nations are expected to participate in 15 sport disciplines, the Games’ website states.

South Korea will welcome the world’s greatest athletes for its second time, having previously hosted the Olympic Games in 1988.


Throughout the 17 days, athletes will compete in 102 events in seven sports, with 15 different disciplines. The Games will be the first ever Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals. Four new events will be added to the schedule; the events are Snowboard Big Air, Speed Skating Mass Start, Curling Mixed Doubles, and Alpine Skiing Team Event.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure that can hold 35,000 spectators. Most snow sports will also take place in PyeongChang, and the Closing Ceremony will be held on Feb. 25 also in the Olympic Stadium. Alpine speed events will be held in Jeongseon, and all ice sports will take place in the coastal city of Gangneung.

United States Athletes

The 2018 U.S. Olympic Team is expected to reach approximately 240 athletes, according to the Team USA website. Of the 240 athletes on Team USA, 46 of them are local! Meet them here. For the full list, including athlete’s bios and photos, visit the Team USA website.

How to Watch from Home

For the first time, TV viewers in all United States time zones will have access to live coverage of the Games, instead of a delayed replay, according to CNN. The Games will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN and across the networks of NBC Universal. In all, there will be over 2,400 hours of coverage spread out between the dozens of channels NBC is providing. Viewers can also download the NBC Sports app to watch live videos and recaps, and access video coverage online.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games’ Opening Ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC at 5 a.m. CT, and then again during primetime on Friday at 7 p.m. CT. All other details, including full TV listings and live streaming schedules, are available here.

Fun Facts
  • PyeongChang 2018 will set the record for the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in the history of Olympic Winter Games.
  • This year’s emblem symbolizes a world open to everyone; it combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.
  • The medals, unveiled on Dec. 11, have been inspired by the Korean culture and its alphabet, hangeul. The medals are 92.5 millimeters in diameter and 9.42 millimeters in width.
  • Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean industrial designer who designed the Olympic medals, also produced the Paralympic medals, which have similar design principals. The Paralympics will take place from March 9 to 18.
  • The mascot of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is Soohorang, or the white tiger, which has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal.“Soohorang not only has a dauntless spirit and passion but also is a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all participants in the Olympic Games,” the Games website says.
  • The only other Aisan country to host the Olympic Games twice is, Japan, having hosted the Olympic Winter Games in both 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano).
  • South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Chicago, so be sure to get your DVR set for events happening in the middle of the night.

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