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. (Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating 90 (estimated)
Events 102 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening ceremony 9 February (3 months from now)
Closing ceremony 25 February
Stadium Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul 평창 동계 올림픽
Hanja 平昌 冬季 올림픽
Revised Romanization Pyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik
McCune–Reischauer P'yŏngch'ang Tonggye Ollimp'ik

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 Pyeongchang County, 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. Pyeongchang won its bid on the first round of voting, receiving more votes than both Munich, Germany and Annecy, France.

The 2018 Olympics will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea, after the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, and will be South Korea's first Winter Games. Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo, Japan (1972), and Nagano, Japan (1998).[2]

Bidding[edit]

Pyeongchang bid to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games but lost in the final rounds of voting by three and four votes respectively. Pyeongchang won its bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the first round of voting, receiving 63 of the 95 votes cast, giving it the majority required to be elected 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 the Summer Games, having previously hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, but received 25 votes. Annecy launched a bid, but failed to secure public support from local citizens. Their bid received seven votes.

Host City Election[edit]

PyeongChang was elected as the host city at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban. Forty-eight votes were needed for selection and PyeongChang was elected after just one round of voting.

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 approx. $18 to ₩900,000 ($803). Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies will range from ₩220,000 ($196) to ₩1.5 million ($1,338). The exact prices were determined through market research; around 50% of the tickets are due to cost about ₩80,000 ($71) 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.[3]

As of October 11, domestic ticket sales for the games have been incredibly slow. Of the 750,000 seats allocated to South Koreans, only 20.7% have been sold. International sales have been a bit better, with 59.7% of the 320,000 allocated tickets sold. Sales of tickets to the Paralympic Games are even more dismal, with only 4.2 percent sold.[4]

Preparations[edit]

On 5 August 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the formation of the Pyeongchang 2018 Coordination Commission.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9] In June 2012, construction began on a high-speed rail line that will connect Pyeongchang to Seoul.[10]

Olympic venues 2018

The International Paralympic Committee met with the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee for an orientation in July 2012.[11] Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge visited Pyeongchang for the first time in February 2013.[12]

On 27 June 2014 the PyeongChang Olympic Committee announced their mascot selection contest.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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:

Sports[edit]

The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature 102 events in 15 sports. Four new disciplines in existing sports will be introduced in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding (which will replace the parallel slalom), mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.[18]

For the first time since 1998, the National Hockey League will not provide accommodations (including a break in the season for all teams during the Olympics) to allow its players to participate in the Men's ice hockey tournament. The NHL's decision stemmed from demands for the IOC to cover the cost of insuring the NHL players that participate in the Games. Although it did pay to insure NHL players in Sochi, the IOC was unwilling to do so for Pyeongchang, and was concerned that the NHL's demand could set a precedent for other professional sports bodies to follow in the future. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman added that the IOC didn't allow the NHL to promote the involvement of its players in the Olympics.[19][20][21] The NHL has yet to announce if it will implement any specific measures to penalize players who participate in the Olympics.[22]

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

Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]

  • A total of 84 nations have qualified at least one athlete so far.
  • Eritrea, Kosovo and Malaysia are scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut if they decide to participate.
  • North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the DMZ into South Korea since two North Korean figure skaters qualified.[23] [24]
  • Russia's status remains unclear due to the state-sponsored doping program scandal.[25]
Participating National Olympic Committees[26][27][28][29]

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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Sun
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23rd
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25th
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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
Thu
9th
Fri
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102 events


Marketing[edit]

Gold medal of the 2018 Olympics

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 triad of heaven, earth and humanity (Korean: 천지인 cheon-ji-in), and the right symbol to represent a crystal of ice.[30]

The name of the host city, Pyeongchang, has been intentionally styled in CamelCase as "PyeongChang" on the emblem and in official materials, rather than "Pyeongchang". This has been done to alleviate potential confusion with Pyongyang, the similarly-named 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 pictograms for 24 sports across 15 disciplines were revealed in January 2017 and are designed using the Korean alphabet as an inspiration.[31]

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 [32]
Worldwide Olympic Partners
Official Partners
Official Sponsors
Official Suppliers
Official Supporters

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Broadcast rights to the 2018 Winter Olympics in some countries were already sold as part of long-term broadcast rights deals, including the Games' local rightsholder SBS—who extended its rights to the Olympics through 2024 in July 2011.[33]

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..[34][35][36] In the United Kingdom, Discovery will hold exclusive pay television rights under license from the BBC, in return for the BBC sub-licensing the free-to-air rights to the 2022 and 2024 Olympics from Discovery.[37]

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.[38][39] 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.[40]

Concerns and controversies[edit]

Russian doping[edit]

Russia could possibly face being banned because of their state-sponsored doping program. A decision on the matter will be made in the months prior to the games.[41]Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov stated that he expects Russian participation and that a state ban was not the position of WADA, who expect a resolution in November 2017.[42] Russia managed to avoid being completely banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Security[edit]

On 20 September 2017, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said the country is pushing to ensure security at Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games amid rising tensions over the North Korea’s nuclear test and a series of missile launches.[43] However, on the next day, French Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Laura Flessel-Colovic said France’s Winter Olympics team will not participate in the games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed.[44]

On 22 September 2017, Austria and Germany joined France in staying away from the games. Karl Stoss, head of Austria’s national Olympic committee, said that, "if the situation worsens and the security of our athletes is no longer guaranteed, we will not go to South Korea." The German interior ministry said the security question and the possibility of keeping the German team at home would be addressed “in good time” by the government. Several days later, Laura Flessel-Colovic reaffirmed France's participation in the games. Austria and Germany are yet to decide on reaffirming.[45]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  30. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Launches Official Emblem". olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  31. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Pictograms". pyeongchang2018.com. January 25, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  32. ^ https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/partners
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  34. ^ "IOC awards European broadcast rights to SPORTFIVE". ESPN. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  35. ^ "Discovery Lands European Olympic Rights Through ’24". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "BBC dealt another blow after losing control of TV rights for Olympics". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "Olympics coverage to remain on BBC after Discovery deal". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  38. ^ "Bob Costas steps down as NBC host of Olympics; Mike Tirico to replace him". USA Today. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  39. ^ "Brennan: Bob Costas has been the face of the Olympics for Americans". USA Today. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
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  45. ^ "Olympics: North Korea triggers 2018 Winter Olympics security scare". The Straits Times. 23 September 2017. 

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Preceded by
Sochi
Winter Olympics
Pyeongchang

XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018)
Succeeded by
Beijing