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Everything you need to know about the 2018 Winter Olympics

Where is the Winter Olympics 2018?

How many Winter Olympic sports are there?

How much will the 2018 Winter Olympics cost?

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang and begin with the opening ceremony on February 9. With over 100 events in 15 different disciplines, there’s plenty to learn about the 2018 Winter Olympics. This article will cover everything you need to know.

PyeongChang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics back in July of 2011 after receiving 63 votes (15 more than the required majority of 48) in just one round of voting. This will be the first time South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics having previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988 (Seoul). 

Where is the Winter Olympics 2018?

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will officially begin on February 8, 2018. The county of PyeongChang in the Gangwon province will host the games having won the bidding process thanks to its modern facilities and the vision of New Horizons - a legacy of new growth and new potential.

This is the first year the Winter Olympics has surpassed the total of 100 medal events (the Summer Olympics has regularly featured over 300 medal events since Sydney in 2000).

PyeongChang is located in the Taebaek Mountains of South Korea and has a total population of 43,666. Primarily known as a mountain hiking region with numerous Buddhist temples, PyeongChang will host the third major sporting event in its country’s history (1988 Seoul Olympic Games and 2002 FIFA World Cup) and will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Olympics after Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998 (both Japan).

To avoid any potential confusion with North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, the PyeongChang resort - which is just 50 miles south of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries - has changed its name for the Games, by capitalizing the "C."

The events will take place across two main venues - Alpensia Sports Park and Gangneung Olympic Park - and two standalone venues that comprise of 13 individual competition venues (six of which have been purpose built for the Winter Olympics). The different venues and sports are listed below:

2018 Winter Olympic venues

Venue

Discipline

PyeongChang Olympic Stadium

Opening and closing ceremonies

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

Ski jumping and Nordic combined

Alpensia Biathlon Centre

Biathlon

Alpensia Cross-Country Centre

Cross-country skiing and Nordic combined

Alpensia Sliding Centre

Luge and bobsleigh

Yongpyong Alpine Centre

Alpine skiing

Bokwang Snow Park

Freestyle skiing and snowboard

Jeonseon Alpine Centre

Alpine skiing

Gangneung Hockey Centre

Ice hockey (men's)

Gangneung Curling Centre

Curling

Gangneung Oval

Speed skating

Gangneung Ice Arena

Short-track speed skating and figure skating

Kwandong Hockey Centre

Ice hockey (women's)

How many Winter Olympic sports are there?

This is the first year the Winter Olympics has surpassed the total of 100 medal events (the Summer Olympics has regularly featured over 300 medal events since Sydney in 2000). 

The 102 events featured in PyeongChang - four of which will be making their debut (big air snowboarding, mass start speed staking, mixed doubles curling and mixed team alpine skiing) - come from eight different sports (split into 15 disciplines).

The disciplines (and number of events for each) taking place at this year’s Winter Olympics are listed below:

2018 Winter Olympic sport

Discipline

Number of events

Alpine skiing

11

Biathlon

11

Bobsleigh

3

Cross-country skiing

12

Curling

3

Figure skating

5

Freestyle skiing

10

Ice hockey

2

Luge

4

Nordic combined

3

Short track speed skating

8

Skeleton

2

Ski jumping

4

Snowboarding

10

Speed skating

14

Some of the most popular Winter Olympics events in terms of betting are; Ski jumping, biathlon, curling and speed skating. Bettors can also try and predict which country will win the most medals with the Winter Olympic medal table odds.

It is expected that 92 teams will have at least one athlete representing them in PyeonChang (95 teams qualified but the Cayman Islands, Dominica and Peru returned their qualification spot to the International Ski Federation). 

PyeonChang 2018: Additional information

The estimated cost of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is $10 billion, five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were estimated to be the costliest ever.

There are several reasons why the PyeonChang Winter Olympics stand out as unique. South Korea and North Korea will be represented under the Korean Unification Flag during the opening ceremony, with North Korean athletes permitted to cross the Korean Demilitarised Zone to compete - the two countries will also compete as Unified Korea in the women’s ice hockey (and separate in all other disciplines).

The 102 events featured in PyeongChang come from eight different sports (split into 15 disciplines).

Although plenty of countries have been banned from past Olympic Games, Russia’s suspension due to state-sponsored doping has certainly sparked a lot of media attention - some Russian athletes can compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” under a neutral flag.

In addition to the four new events this year, there will also be six nations making their first ever Winter Olympic appearance in PyeongChang (Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore).

It is also important to note, especially for ice hockey bettors, that this year will be the first time since the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer that NHL players will not participate in the ice hockey event. The NHL commented that this decision was based on the fact that “the League has never seen any objective evidence of a positive impact on the business or sport.”

South Korea is known for being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and this year’s Winter Olympics will be following that theme. While 5G 360-degree virtual reality experiences and bullet trains will improve the experience for the fans, the athletes will also be sporting some cutting-edge technology.

Omega, the official time keeping company, will have sensors to track every movement of the athletes during the games. Additionally, Samsung have created the “SmartSuit” which will be used by Dutch speed skaters to feed back high-level data to their coaches and advanced safety equipment in the form of Giro Avance helmets, Dainese D-Air ski suits will also be worn by various athletes.

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