2018 Winter Olympics

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
Host cityPyeongchang County, South Korea
MottoPassion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정.(Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating92
Athletes participating2,922 (1,680 men and 1,242 women)
Events102 in 15 sports
Opening ceremony9 February
Closing ceremony25 February
Officially opened byPresident Moon Jae-in
Athlete's OathMo Tae-bum[1]
Olympic TorchKim Yun-a[2]
StadiumPyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul평창 동계 올림픽 대회
Hanja平昌冬季올림픽大會
Revised RomanizationPyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik Daehoe
McCune–ReischauerP'yŏngch'ang Tonggye Ollimp'ik Taehoe
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Hangul제23회 동계 올림픽 대회
Hanja第二十三回冬季올림픽大會
Revised RomanizationJeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik Daehoe
McCune–ReischauerCheisipsamhoe Tonggye Ollimp'ik Taehoe

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, translit. Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on 8 February 2018, the eve of the opening ceremony.

Pyeongchang was elected as the host city in July 2011, during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. This was the first time that South Korea had hosted the Winter Olympics and the second Olympics held in the country overall, after the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It was the third time that an East Asian country had hosted the Winter Games, after Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998), both in Japan. It was also the first of three consecutive Olympics to be held in East Asia, the other two being the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The Games featured 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 NOCs competed, including the debuts of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. After a state-sponsored doping program was exposed following the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended, and selected athletes were allowed to compete neutrally under the IOC designation of "Olympic Athletes from Russia". Despite tense relations, North Korea agreed to participate in the Games, enter with South Korea during the opening ceremony as a unified Korea, and field a unified team in women's ice hockey.

Norway led the total medal tally with 39, followed by Germany's 31 and Canada's 29.[3] Germany and Norway were tied for the most gold medals won; both won fourteen golds. Host nation South Korea won seventeen medals, their highest medal haul at a Winter Olympics, five of which were gold.

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.[4]

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.[5]

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).[6][7]

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