2018 Winter Olympics

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XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
Host city Pyeongchang, South Korea
Motto Passion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정.
Nations participating 143 (estimated)
Events 102 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening ceremony 9 February
Closing ceremony 25 February
Stadium Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Winter:
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Summer:
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Tokyo 2020  >
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul 평창 동계 올림픽
Hanja 平昌 冬季 올림픽
Revised Romanization Pyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXIIIeme Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Hangul평창 동계 올림픽; RRPyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik), and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018,[1] [pʰjʌŋ.tɕʰaŋ] is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018, in Daegwallyeong-myeon, South Korea.

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 third East Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998); and the first Winter Games in Continental Asia.

Bidding[edit]

Pyeongchang launched bids to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. However, despite having the most votes in the first round of voting, Pyeongchang lost in the final round of voting by three and four votes respectively. It finally won 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 these Games. Prior to Beijing's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid, Munich would have become the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games, having previously hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, but only received 25 votes. Annecy launched a bid, but failed to secure public support from local citizens. Their bid ultimately just received seven votes.

Forty-eight votes were needed for selection.

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

Tickets[edit]

The ticket prices for the 2018 Winter Olympics were announced in April 2016 and went on sale in October 2016, ranging from 20,000 to 900,000. Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies will range from ₩220,000 to ₩1.5 million. The exact prices were determined through market research; around 50% of the tickets are due to cost about ₩80,000 or less, and tickets in sports that are relatively unknown in the region, such as biathlon and luge, will be made cheaper in order to encourage attendance. By contrast, figure skating and the Men's hockey gold medal game carry the most expensive tickets of the Games.[2]

Preparations[edit]

On 5 August 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the formation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Coordination Commission.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] In June 2012, construction began on a high-speed rail line that will connect Pyeongchang to Seoul.[8]

Olympic venues 2018

The International Paralympic Committee met with the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee for an orientation in July 2012.[9] Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Pyeongchang for the first time in February 2013.[10]

On 27 June 2014 the PyeongChang Olympic Committee announced their mascot selection contest.[11] The contest ran from 15 September 2014 to 30 September 2014.

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

The Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games created Pyeongchang WINNERS in 2014 by recruiting university students living in South Korea to spread awareness of the Olympic Games through social networking services and news articles.[12]

Venues[edit]

Dragon Valley Ski Resort

Pyeongchang Mountain cluster[edit]

Alpensia Sports Park[edit]

The Alpensia Resort in Daegwallyeong-myeon will be the focus of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.[13][14]

Stand-alone venues[edit]

Gangneung Coastal cluster[edit]

The coastal cluster is located in the city of Gangneung. The Gangneung Olympic Park will include the following four venues:

In addition, a stand-alone venue is located on the grounds of Catholic Kwandong University:

Marketing[edit]

Branding[edit]

The emblem for the Games was unveiled on 3 May 2013. It is a stylized representation of the hangul letters p and ch, being the initial sounds of 평창 Pyeongchang. Additionally the left symbol is said to represent the Korean philosophical trinity of heaven, earth and humanity (Korean: 천지인 cheon-ji-in), and the right symbol to represent a crystal of ice.[16]

The name of the host city, Pyeongchang, has been intentionally styled in CamelCase as "PyeongChang" in the emblem and promotional materials, rather than "Pyeongchang", so that the city will not be confused with the similarly-named Pyongyang, capital of neighbouring North Korea. Gangwon governor Choi Moon-soon cited a 2014 incident where a representative from Kenya, en route to a United Nations biodiversity conference in Pyeongchang, was detained by local immigration officers after accidentally flying to Pyongyang instead.[1]

The official sport pictograms were released on 25 January 2017.[17]

Mascots[edit]

Soohorang (수호랑), a white tiger, and Bandabi (반다비), an Asiatic black bear, were announced as the official mascots of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsors of the 2018 Winter Olympics
Worldwide Olympic Partners
Official Partners
Official Sponsors
Official Suppliers
Official Supporters

Sports[edit]

Fifteen winter sport disciplines, organized as three Olympic sports, are scheduled in the 2018 Winter Olympics program. The five ice sports are curling, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and short track speed skating. The seven snow sports are alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboarding. The three sliding sports are bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton.[14]

In June 2015, six new events were approved for inclusion in the games and will feature in the Olympic program for the first time in 2018. These four are snowboarding big air (men and women), curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start (men and women), and alpine skiing team event. Two events, parallel slalom in snowboarding (men and women), were dropped to make room for big air.[18]

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

Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]

A total of 79 nations have qualified at least one athlete so far. Eritrea, Kosovo and Malaysia are scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Calendar[edit]

All dates are KST (UTC+9)


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals EG Exhibition gala CC Closing ceremony
February 8th
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9th
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10th
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11th
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12th
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23rd
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Events
Olympic Rings Icon.svg Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg Bobsleigh 1 1 1 3
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross country skiing 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 12
Curling pictogram.svg Curling 1 1 1 3
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure skating 1 1 1 1 1 EG 5
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 10
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey 1 1 2
Luge pictogram.svg Luge 1 1 1 1 4
Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined 1 1 1 3
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating 1 1 2 1 3 8
Skeleton pictogram.svg Skeleton 1 1 2
Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping 1 1 1 1 4
Snowboarding pictogram.svg Snowboarding 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 10
Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 14
Total events 5 7 8 8 6 7 5 9 6 3 5 7 8 6 8 4 102
Cumulative total 5 12 20 28 34 41 46 55 61 64 69 76 84 90 98 102
February 8th
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Mon
20th
Tue
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102 events

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Broadcast rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics in some countries were already sold as part of long-term broadcast rights deals. On 29 June 2015, the IOC announced that Discovery Communications—owner of Eurosport, had acquired exclusive rights to the Olympics from 2018 through 2024 across Europe, excluding Russia, on all platforms. Discovery will sub-license its broadcast rights to local free-to-air networks on a territorial basis. Discovery's rights deal will, initially, not cover France due to pre-existing rights deals with France Télévisions that run through the 2020 Games. Unlike previous pan-European deals, such as with the European Broadcasting Union and Sportfive, Discovery will not solely serve as a reseller, and intends to carry coverage on its regional properties, but has committed to sub-licensing at least 100 hours of coverage to free-to-air networks.[23][24][25] In the United Kingdom, Discovery will sub-license exclusive pay television rights from the BBC (who still holds broadcast rights through 2020), in exchange for sub-licensing free-to-air rights to the 2022 and 2024 Olympics from Discovery.[26]

In the United States, the Games will once again be broadcast by NBC under a long-term contract; it will also be NBC's first Olympics without long-time host Bob Costas, who announced his retirement from the role in favour of Mike Tirico on 7 February 2017.[27][28] On 28 March 2017, NBC also announced that it would air most primetime coverage simultaneously in all time zones, rather than tape-delayed for the west coast.[29]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 reveal ticket prices for Winter Olympic Games". 
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  5. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee Launched". GamesBids.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Praised". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 have "good grasp of what is expected" says Lindberg after first IOC Coordination Commission visit". Insidethegames.biz. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Construction Begins on High-Speed Railway, Critical for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "IPC Orientates PyeongChang 2018". Gamesbids.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 on "right track" declares Rogge after first visit". Insidethegames.biz. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "2018평창동계올림픽대회 및 장애인동계올림픽대회 마스코트 아이디어 공모". 
  12. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 recruits college student reporters: WINNERS". 18 June 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Alpensia Resort and water park complete and full for summer season". Sportsfeatures.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Pyeongchang2018 Volume 2 (Sport and Venues)" (PDF). Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Pyeongchang 2018 move venue for Opening and Closing Ceremonies | Winter Olympics 2018". insidethegames.biz. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Launches Official Emblem". olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  17. ^ https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/horizon/eng/media/pressRelease_view.asp?hb_boardManager_ID=BDENAA01&hb_BoardItem_ID=63457&hb_Mode=readArticle
  18. ^ "Winter Olympics: Big air, mixed curling among new 2018 events". BBC. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv "Quota allocation for Alpine skiing". www.data.fis-ski.com/. International Ski Federation (FIS). 11 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Quota allocation for Cross-country skiing". www.data.fis-ski.com/. International Ski Federation (FIS). 10 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "2018 Winter Olympics". IIHF. iihf.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics". worldcurling.org. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "IOC awards European broadcast rights to SPORTFIVE". ESPN. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Discovery Lands European Olympic Rights Through '24". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "BBC dealt another blow after losing control of TV rights for Olympics". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "Olympics coverage to remain on BBC after Discovery deal". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "Bob Costas steps down as NBC host of Olympics; Mike Tirico to replace him". USA Today. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Brennan: Bob Costas has been the face of the Olympics for Americans". USA Today. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "NBC to Broadcast Winter Olympics Live Across All Time Zones". Variety. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Sochi
Winter Olympics
Pyeongchang

XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018)
Succeeded by
Beijing