The Rio 2016 torch has been extinguished, and now it’s time to look onward toward the 2018 Winter Olympics! Click through to learn everything you need to know about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics!
Where is PyeongChang, and why are the Winter Olympics happening there?
PyeongChang is a northern county in South Korea, that’s largely covered in snowy mountains. South Korea’s famous Alpensia ski resort is located here, and is open year-round, making it the perfectly seasoned spot to hold winter sports competitions. Alpensia, along with other ski resorts, will host the events.
When are the 2018 Winter Olympics?
The PyeongChang games are being held from February 9 to February 25, 2018. That may seem like a long time to wait, but it’s only about a year and a half from Rio’s closing ceremony date!
Here’s how to watch:
Just like the 2016 Rio games, the 2018 Winter Olympics coverage will be exclusively broadcast on NBC and its live streams. For those bummed about NBC’s use of tape delay during events, it sucks, but it’s more than likely happening again, seeing as South Korea is on the other side of the world from the United States.
There will be new sports!
You’re already freaking out about seeing bobsledding, figure skating and luge, no doubt. But in 2018, there will be several new and exciting sports included in the games: curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start, Alpine skiing team and snowboarding big air. Nice!
The PyeongChang Olympic planning committee has built/is in the process of building 12 venues!
So this is cool. The winter wonderland is going to be spread through 12 incredibly beautiful, snowy venues. These are all either in PyeongChang, Gangneung, or Jeongseon at various alpine centers or rinks. All venues are within 30 minutes of each other. And anyone who wants to see it can come in from Seoul on a high speed train in just an hour, instead of the usual three.
The mascots are adorable!
Soohorang is a white tiger, which is considered the guardian animal of South Korea. “Soohoo,” which means protection in Korean, will protect the athletes during the games! “Rang” comes from part of the Korean word for tiger, “Ho-rang-i”.
Bandabi, or “ban-dal-ga-seum-gom” (the bear with a half-moon mark on the chest), is a symbol of strong will and determination in Korean culture.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for the Winter Olympics? Tell us in the comments!