2018 Winter Olympics

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XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
PyeongChang 2018 Olympics official emblem
Host city Pyeongchang, South Korea
Motto New Horizons (Korean : 새로운 지평, Saeroeun Jipyeong)
Nations participating 90 (Estimated)
Events 98 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening ceremony 9 February
Closing ceremony 25 February
Stadium Olympic Park of Hoenggye
Olympic rings with white rims.svg 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver [1]) (Hangul: XXIII 동계 올림픽; RR: Dong-gye Ollympic), is a winter multi-sport event scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9–25 February 2018.

The elected host city was announced on 6 July 2011 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. Other candidates that applied to host the games were Annecy, France and Munich, Germany.

Pyeongchang won on its third consecutive bid, having lost previously to Vancouver in Canada and Sochi in Russia. It will be the first Winter Olympic Games and second Olympic Games in South Korea; the 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. Pyeongchang will also be the first Asian city outside of Japan to host the winter games.

Bidding[edit]

Pyeongchang launched bids to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. However, despite winning in the first rounds of voting in both of their bids, Pyeongchang would ultimately lose in the final rounds by three and four votes respectively. It finally won in its bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in the first round of voting. They received 63 of the 95 votes cast, giving them the required majority to be elected as host city.

Munich also launched a bid to host. Had Munich been chosen, they would have been the first city to stage both the Winter and Summer Games. Munich previously hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics. Annecy launched a bid but failed to secure public support from local citizens. Their bid ultimately just received seven votes.

2018 Winter Olympics bidding results
City Nation Votes
Pyeongchang  South Korea 63
Munich  Germany 25
Annecy  France 7

Preparations[edit]

On 5 August 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the formation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Coordination Commission.[2][3] On 4 October 2011, it was announced that the Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics will be headed by Kim Jin-sun. The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) was launched at its inaugural assembly on 19 October 2011. The first tasks of the organizing committee was to put together a master plan for the games as well as forming a design for the venues.[4] The IOC Coordination Commission for the 2018 Winter Olympics made their first visit to Pyeongchang in March 2012. By then, construction was already underway on the Olympic Village.[5][6] In June 2012, construction began on a high-speed rail line that will connect Pyeongchang to Seoul.[7]

Olympic venues 2018

The International Paralympic Committee met with the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee for an orientation in July 2012.[8] Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Pyeongchang for the first time in February 2013.[9]

The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Pyeongchang.

Venues[edit]

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Dragon Valley Ski Resort

Alpensia cluster[edit]

The Alpensia Resort in Daegwallyeong-myeon will be the focus of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.[10][11]

Coastal cluster[edit]

The coastal cluster is located in the city of Gangneung

Stand-alone venues[edit]

Sports[edit]

15 winter sport disciplines, organized as 7 Olympic sports, are scheduled in the 2018 Winter Olympics program. The 3 skating sports are figure skating, speed skating, and short track speed skating. The 6 skiing sports are alpine, cross-country skiing, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding. The 2 bobsleigh sports are bobsleigh and skeleton. The other 4 sports are biathlon, curling, ice hockey, and luge.[11]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sports discipline.

Calendar[edit]

All dates are KST (UTC+9)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals EG Exhibition gala CC Closing ceremony
February 9th
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Ceremonies OC CC
Alpine skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
Biathlon 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 10
Bobsleigh 1 1 1 3
Cross country skiing 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 12
Curling 1 1 2
Figure skating 1 1 1 1 EG 4
Freestyle skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Ice hockey 1 1 2
Luge 1 1 1 3
Nordic combined 1 1 1 3
Short track speed skating 1 1 2 1 3 8
Skeleton 2 2
Ski jumping 1 1 1 3
Snowboarding 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Speed skating 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 12
February 9th
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Events

Broadcasting rights[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "French and English are the official languages for the Olympic Games.", [1].(..)
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ "Coordination Commissions". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee Launched". GamesBids.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  5. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Praised". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 have "good grasp of what is expected" says Lindberg after first IOC Coordination Commission visit". Insidethegames.biz. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Construction Begins on High-Speed Railway, Critical for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  8. ^ "IPC Orientates PyeongChang 2018". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  9. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 on "right track" declares Rogge after first visit". Insidethegames.biz. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  10. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Alpensia Resort and water park complete and full for summer season". Sportsfeatures.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  11. ^ a b "Pyeongchang2018 Volume 2 (Sport and Venues)" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  12. ^ a b "Pyeongchang 2018 move venue for Opening and Closing Ceremonies | Winter Olympics 2018". insidethegames.biz. 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  13. ^ "Pyeongchang2018 Volume 2" (pdf). pyeongchang2018.org. p. 8. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Seven Network reclaims rights to broadcast Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020". News.com.au. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  15. ^ "IOC awards TV rights in Germany, Korea, France". Forbes.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-05. [dead link]
  16. ^ "IOC awards 2018-2024 broadcast rights in Japan". International Olympic Committee (Olympic.org). 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "IOC awards SBS broadcast rights for 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games". Olympic.org. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  18. ^ "IOC awards broadcast rights in United Kingdom for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to the BBC". Olympic.org. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  19. ^ "IOC awards US broadcast rights for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to NBCUniversal". Olympic.org. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sochi
Winter Olympics
Pyeongchang

XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018)
Succeeded by
TBA