2018 Winter Olympics: When Are The Games, What Is The Schedule & More Vital Info

It’s time to bundle up and hit the slopes, because the Winter Olympics are fast approaching. Find out when the PyeongChang games start, the full schedule and more!

The 2018 Winter Olympics are from Feb. 8 to Feb. 25. For two and a half weeks, the sports world will turn its eyes towards PyeongChang, South Korea, as some of the greatest athletes in the world will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The best of the best in ice skating, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, luge, bobsled and all sorts of other games (15 sports, 102 events in total) will go for the gold. NBC will once again broadcast every moment of the games, so sports fans can stay warm at home while watching the USA compete for Olympic glory.

The Opening Ceremony is on Feb. 9 at 6:00 AM ET. Remember, PyeongChang is 14 hours ahead of New York and 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles. So, all these games will be happening either pretty early or pretty late. NBC will be broadcasting everything so check out its official website for all the dates and times. HollywoodLife.com will have coverage of the Opening Ceremony, its amazing performers and every jaw-dropping moment that goes down.

It’s both spelled “PyeongChang” and “PyeongChang.” The South Korean city is the smallest host city since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. It’s also the first South Korean city to ever hose the Winter Olympics (though the 1988 games were hosted in Seoul.) “The entire town was out dancing,” Ms. Lee Ji-Seol, 22, told The New York Times of the day they found out they were picked to host the 2018 games. “Before we started our Olympic campaign, few South Koreans, much less any foreigners, even knew we existed.”

In fact, the town’s name was a bit of a problem. Originally called “Pyongchang,” the city was often confused for Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. So, in 2000, they added a letter – the “e” – and begun capitalizing the “c” in PyeongChang. Most foreign news agencies still refer to it as Pyeongchang, but both work.

Six nations will make their Winter Olympics debut and Russia is kinda banned. A six-pack of countries will make their Winter games debut this year: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Signapore, according to Time. You won’t see Russia win any medals, as the country was barred from competing in this game as penance for an “elaborate state-supporting doping scheme.” Yet, 28 athletes had their bans overturned and 169 athletes were deemed “clean” by the International Olympic Committee. So, they’ll compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia.” They won’t march under the Russian flag or hear their national anthem if they medal.
Olympics Schedule (courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

Feb. 8
Alpine Skiing – 10:30 AM
Curling — Mixed doubles round robin
Ski Jumping — Qualification

Feb. 9
Curling — Mixed doubles round robin
Figure Skating — Men’s and pairs
Freestyle Skiing — Qualifying, men’s and women’s moguls

Feb. 10
Biathlon — Women’s 7.5 km sprint
Cross-Country Skiing — Women’s 7.5km skiathlon
Curling — Mixed doubles round robin
Women’s Hockey — Preliminary Round: Japan vs. Sweden, Switzerland vs. South Korea
Luge —Men’s heat races
Short Track — Qualification: women’s 3000m and 500m relay, men’s 1500m
Ski Jumping — Normal hill
Snowboarding — Men’s slopestyle qualifying
Speed Skating — Women’s 3000m

Feb. 11
Alpine Skiing — Men’s downhill
Biathlon — Men’s 10 km sprint
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s 15 km skiathlon
Curling — Mixed doubles round robin
Figure Skating — Short dance, ladies short program, pairs free skate
Freestyle Skiing — Women’s moguls
Women’s Hockey — United States vs. Finland, Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia
Luge — Men’s heat races
Snowboarding — Men’s slopestyle final, women’s slopestyle
Speed Skating — Men’s 5000m

Feb. 12
Alpine Skiing — Women’s giant slalom
Biathlon — Men’s and women’s pursuit events
Curling — Mixed doubles semifinals
Figure Skating — Men’s and ladies free skate, ice dance free dance
Freestyle Skiing — Men’s moguls
Women’s Hockey — Switzerland vs. Japan, Sweden vs. South Korea
Luge — Women’s heat races
Ski Jumping — Women’s competition
Snowboarding — Women’s slopestyle final, women’s halfpipe qualifying
Speed Skating — Women’s 1500m

Feb. 13
Alpine Skiing — Men’s alpine combined
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s and women’s individual sprint finals
Curling — Mixed doubles bronze and gold medal matches
Women’s Hockey — Canada vs. Finland, United States vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia
Luge — Women’s heat races
Short Track — Women’s 500m final, men’s 1000m qualifying, men’s 5000m relay qualifying
Snowboarding — Women’s halfpipe final, men’s halfpipe
Speed Skating — Men’s 1500m

Feb. 14
Alpine Skiing — Women’s slalom
Biathlon — Women’s 15km individual
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Pairs short program
Men’s Hockey — Preliminary round: United States vs. Slovenia
Luge — Doubles competition
Snowboarding — Men’s halfpipe final
Speed Skating — Women’s 1000m

Feb. 15
Alpine Skiing — Men’s super-G
Biathlon — Men’s 20km individual
Cross-Country Skiing — Women’s 10km individual
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Pairs free skate
Freestyle skiing — Women’s aerials qualifying
Women’s hockey — Preliminary matches include United States vs. Canada
Men’s hockey — Preliminary matches
Luge — Team relay competition
Skeleton — Men’s competition: heat races

Snowboarding — Men’s cross
Speed Skating — Men’s 10,000m

Feb. 16
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s 15km individual
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Men’s short programs
Freestyle Skiing — Women’s aerials final
Men’s Hockey — Preliminary matches include United States vs. Slovakia
Ski Jumping — Men’s large hill qualifying
Snowboarding — Women’s cross
Speed Skating — Women’s 5000m

Feb. 17
Alpine Skiing — Women’s super-G
Biathlon — Women’s 12.5km mass start
Cross-Country Skiing — Women’s 4x5km relay
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Men’s short program final
Freestyle Skiing — Women’s slopestyle qualifying, final; men’s aerials qualifying
Men’s Hockey — Preliminary matches include United States vs. Canada
Women’s Hockey — Two knockout round matches
Short Track — Men’s 1500m, women’s 1000m
Skeleton — Women’s heat races
Ski Jumping — Men’s large hill

Feb. 18
Alpine Skiing — Men’s giant slalom
Biathlon — Men’s 15km mass start
Bobsled — Two-man sled heat races
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s 4x10km relay
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Freestyle Skiing — Men’s slopestyle qualifying, final; men’s aerials final
Men’s Hockey — Preliminary matches include Sweden vs. Finland
Women’s Hockey — Classification matches
Speed Skating — Women’s 500m, men’s team pursuit qualifying

Feb. 19
Bobsled — Two-man heat races
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Ice dancers
Fresstyle Skiing — Women’s halfpipe qualifying
Women’s Hockey — Semifinals
Ski Jumping — Team competition
Snowboarding — Women’s big air qualifying

Speed Skating — Women’s team pursuit qualifying

Feb. 20
Biathlon — Mixed relay
Bobsled — Women’s heat races
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Ice dance, free dance
Freestyle Skiing — Women’s halfpipe final, men’s halfpipe qualifying
Men’s Hockey — Knockout rounds
Women’s Hockey — Classification matches
Nordic Combined — Large hill competition
Short Track — Women’s 1000m qualifying, men’s 500m qualifying, women’s 3000m relay final

Feb. 21
Alpine Skiing — Women’s downhill
Bobsled — Women’s heat races
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s and women’s sprint semifinals
Curling — Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating — Ladies short program
Freestyle Skiing — Men’s cross
Men’s Hockey — Quarterfinals
Snowboarding — Men’s big air qualifying
Speed Skating — Men’s and women’s team pursuit finals

Feb. 22
Alpine Skiing — Men’s slalom
Biathlon — Women’s 4x6km relay
Curling — Men’s semifinals
Freestyle Skiing — Men’s halfpipe final
Women’s Hockey — Bronze and gold medal matches
Nordic Combined — Team competition
Short Track — Men’s 500m finals, women’s 1000m finals, men’s 5000m relay
Snowboarding — Men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom qualifying

Feb. 23
Alpine Skiing — Women’s alpine combined
Biathlon — Men’s 4×7.7km relay
Curling — Men’s and women’s semifinals
Figure Skating — Ladies free skate
Freestyle Skiing — Women’s cross
Men’s Hockey — Semifinal matches
Snowboarding — Women’s big air final
Speed Skating — Men’s 1000m final

Feb. 24
Alpine Skiing — Team event
Bobsled — Four-man competition heat races
Cross-Country Skiing — Men’s 50km mass start
Curling — Men’s gold and silver match, women’s bronze match
Men’s Hockey — Bronze medal match
Snowboarding — Men’s big air final, men’s and women’s giant parallel slalom finals
Speed Skating — Men’s and women’s mass start

Feb. 25
Bobsled — Four-man heat races
Cross-Country Skiing — Women’s 30km mass start
Curling — Women’s gold medal match
Figure Skating — Exhibition gala
Men’s Hockey — Gold medal match

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