The 2018 Winter Olympics are round the corner and we though you might like to know the latest details, including when and where they will take place.
The Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, located in the Gangwon province of South Korea, in the Taebaek Mountains. Due to its elevation, the area is well known as a destination for hiking and skiing. Other cities, such as Munich from Germany and Annecy from France bid for the Olympic games, but they lost to the South Korean city.
South Korea is not new to hosting Olympic games – in 1988, the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. However, this will be the first time Winter Olympics are held in the country.
The Olympic games will take place between the 8th and the 25th of February, 2018, the Opening Ceremony being held on Friday, the 9th.
Fifteen sports with individual and team events will be part of the Olympics: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard, curling, bobsled, figure skating, hockey, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating.
Although there are just a few months left before the Opening Ceremony, rather few tickets have been sold. The country is hoping for 1 million spectators, among which 750,000 locals. However, only 52,000 locals bought tickets until June 2017. Having North Korea as a neighbor could deter some people from purchasing the tickets. The good news is that some of North Korea’s athletes could compete in the events.
Some controversy surrounds Russia’s participation as well. Some claim that the country should be banned from international competitions, due to the doping scandals it has been involved in. However, the International Olympic Committee has not issued a ban on Russian athletes and has not taken a decision regarding this matter yet.
As in many previous editions, the 2018 Winter Olympics has its own mascot. It is called “Soohorang,” an animated white tiger. The white tiger is also known as the country’s “guardian animal”.
The tradition of having an Olympic mascot dates back to year the 1968, having started in Grenoble. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the mascot was named “Vinicius,” being a combination of a cat, monkey and bird, representing the wildlife found in Brazil.
As for the next Winter Olympics, in 2022, they will be held in Beijing, China which also hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, and the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris. Finally, Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics., while the city for the 2026 Winter Olympics has not yet been determined.