2018 Winter Olympics

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
Host city Pyeongchang County South Korea
Motto Passion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정. (Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating 92
Athletes participating 2,914 (1,672 men and 1,242 women)
Events 102 in 15 sports
Opening ceremony 9 February
Closing ceremony 25 February
Officially opened by President Moon Jae-in
Athlete's Oath Mo Tae-bum [1]
Olympic Torch Yuna Kim [2]
Stadium Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul 평창 동계 올림픽
Hanja 平昌 冬季 올림픽
Revised Romanization Pyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik
McCune–Reischauer P'yŏngch'ang Tonggye Ollimp'ik
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Hangul 제23회 동계 올림픽
Hanja 第二十三回 冬季 올림픽
Revised Romanization Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik
McCune–Reischauer Cheisipsamhoe Tonggye Ollimp'ik

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games ( Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, translit. Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik), officially stylized and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is an international multi-sport event currently being held from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on the eve of the opening ceremony—8 February 2018. Pyeongchang was elected as the host in July 2011, during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. It marks the first time South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics in the country overall after the 1988 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, Seoul. It also marks the third time East Asia has hosted the Winter Games, after Sapporo, Japan ( 1972), and Nagano, Japan ( 1998), and the sixth overall Olympic Games held in East Asia. It is the first of three consecutive Olympic Games scheduled to be held in East Asia, preceding Tokyo 2020 (Summer) and Beijing 2022 (Winter).

The games feature 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of "big air" snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme. 2,914 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees are expected to compete, including the debuts of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.

The lead-up to these Games was affected by the ongoing tensions between South Korea and North Korea, and the ongoing 2017–18 missile crisis. These led to security concerns, with several countries threatening to skip the games if their safety was not ensured. In January 2018, after their first high-level talks in over two years, North Korea agreed to participate in the Games along with South Korea. The countries also agreed to march together, as a united " Korea", during the opening ceremony, and to field a unified women's ice hockey team.

Bidding and election

Pyeongchang bid to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, but lost in the final rounds of voting to Vancouver and Sochi respectively. [3]

Munich also launched a bid to host these Games. Prior to Beijing's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid, Munich would have become the first city to host both the Winter and the Summer Games, having previously hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, but received only 25 votes. Annecy (in southeastern France) launched their own bid, which failed to secure public support from the local citizens. Their bid ended up receiving seven votes. [4]

Pyeongchang was elected as the host city at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban in 2011, earning the necessary majority of at least 48 votes in just one round of voting, more votes than its competitors combined. With this, Pyeongchang became the third Asian city to host the Winter Games; the first two were in Japan, at Sapporo ( 1972) and Nagano ( 1998). [5] [6]

2018 Winter Olympics bidding results
City Nation Votes
Pyeongchang   South Korea 63
Munich   Germany 25
Annecy   France 7
Other Languages
Аҧсшәа: Пхёнчхан 2018
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Зімовыя Алімпійскія гульні 2018 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Olimpiade Musim Dingin 2018
norsk nynorsk: Vinter-OL 2018
Simple English: 2018 Winter Olympics
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zimska Olimpijada 2018