Winter Olympics 2018 Guide – All You Need To Know

Published 1 February 2018 By: Mike

The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to kick-off on February 9th 2018. The following guide will feed you with all you need to know about the Winter Olympics 2018.

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Where are the 2018 Winter Olympics happening?

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This will be the first time ever for the country to host the Winter Olympic Games on its surface. They did host the Summer Olympics 30 years back in Seoul.

 

What sports are in the Winter Olympics?

Did you know that there are just 15 sports in the Winter Olympics? The following sports will be played in this year’s Winter Games:

  1. Alpine Skiing
  2. Bobsled
  3. Biathlon
  4. Curling
  5. Cross-Country Skiing
  6. Figure Skating
  7. Freestyle Skiing
  8. Ice Hockey
  9. Luge
  10. Nordic Combined
  11. Short Track Speed Skating
  12. Skeleton
  13. Ski Jumping
  14. Snowboard
  15. Speed Skating
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Winter Olympics Facts

The following are some facts which will familiarize you with the Winter Games to be played this year.

  • South Korea is hosting Winter Olympics for the first time
  • 102 medals will be awarded in 15 different categories
  • Russia is not participating in Winter Olympics
  • For the first time the live coverage of all the games will be telecast live throughout US

 

The Top Athletes competing in Winter Olympics

The youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, Skier Mikaela Shiffrin, will compete in this year’s Olympic event. And she is already being dubbed as “the best slalom skier in the world.”

Gus Kenworthy, who took home silver in the inaugural men’s ski slopestyle event at Sochi, is also returning this year for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Snowboarder Chloe Kim is poised to become a new Team USA favorite in her first Olympics despite being only 17 years of age. She had also qualified for the games in 2014, but could not compete because of her age. She is the heavy favorite to take home Gold in the halfpipe.

Shaun White, on the other hand finished 4th in 2014. After coming back from a serious injury sustained in October, he’ll be looking for a little retribution by claiming the gold this year.

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On the ice, you should watch out for the rising star Nathan Chen, who is just 18 but he has become the first male figure skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single performance.

Mirai Nagasu, who was placed fourth at the 2010 Olympics but failed to make the team in 2014, will be looking for the gold in PyeongChang.

Number of medals for grab this year

Olympic medals are a sight for the sore eyes. They look even more beautiful than the last time they were competed for in Sochi. A total of 102 medals are up for grabs this year, and each athlete would be looking to get at least one in this year’s Olympics.

 

Bob Costas will not host the Olympic Games this year

The famous host who handled coverage duties for NBC’s Olympic Games is stepping away from the role this year. As per the announcement last year, Mike Tirico, who joined NBC from ESPN will be taking the hosting responsibilities in this year’s Olympic Games.

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The NHL won’t participate in this year’s Olympics

Ending the five consecutive Winter Olympics participation, the NHL has decided that it won’t participate this year because of the already hefty schedule for the players. The league didn’t want to create a 17-day break in the middle of the hockey season.

This will definitely hurt chances for the US and Canadian teams to claim the Olympic Gold this year.

Russia will not participate this year

The Russia’s national Olympic committee was barred from participating this year as punishment for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of athlete doping. Only select participants will be allowed to take part this year under a neutral flag and colors.

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Official Winter Olympics Mascot

Winter Olympics 2018 mascot

A white tiger named Soohorang will be the official mascot for the Pyeongchang Winter Games this year. “Sooho” comes from the Korean word for protection, while “rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i,” the word for “tiger.” It is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” which is a traditional folk song from the Gangwon Province, which is where the Games are being held.

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How can I watch the Olympics on TV?

While the Olympic Games are to be shown on local TV channels in most countries, those who prefer to watch the games online may find it hard to do so. For this reason, we’ve created an exclusive Winter Olympics live streaming guide which will help viewers to stream the games on TV.

Winter Olympics 2018 TV Channels

  1. Channel 7
  2. BBC Iplayer
  3. Bein Sports
  4. NBC Sports
  5. France TV
  6. CBC
  7. Star Sports
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Winter Olympics 2018 Schedule  – FEB 8- 25

8th

Curling – Mixed doubles round robin
Ski Jumping – Qualification

9th

Curling – Mixed doubles round robin
Figure Skating – Men’s and pairs
Freestyle Skiing – Qualifying, men’s and women’s moguls

10th

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

11th

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

12th

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

13th

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

14th

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

15th

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

16th

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

17th

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

18th

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

19th

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

20th

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

21st

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

22nd

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

23rd

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

24th

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

25th

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