This February, the Republic of Korea will be hosting the 23rd Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang. This will be only the third time that the Winter Olympic Games has been hosted in Asia. Previously it was held in the Japan in 1972, and in 1998.

Pyeongchang also had a bid for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, however, Vancouver, Canada in 2010, and Sochi, Russia in 2014 claimed these bids. Other host cities in competition to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games were Munich, Germany with 25 votes, and Annecy, France with only seven votes, whereas the city of Pyeongchang had 63 votes.

So far, 90 nations, ranging from Andorra to Zimbabwe have had an athlete qualify to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The mascot will be Soohorang which draws influence from a white tiger. The Olympic torch is a five angled shape, which is symbolic of races, religions, genders, cultures, and the five continents, which unite for the shared passion of the games. Therefore, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang motto will be “Passion, Connected.” The emblem of the 2018 Olympics is called “Where the Earth meets the Sky.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang will have 102 events which will guarantee approximately 306 medals. The highest amount of events and medals in Winter Olympic history.

Infrastructure has been a concern for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Currently, the arenas for competition have been separated into two clusters: the Gangneung Coastal Center, and the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster. There has been new additions to the Olympic infrastructure including: Alpensia Sports Park, Gangneung Olympic Park, and Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

Not only has South Korea been preparing new infrastructure, like the Kwandong Hockey Centre, but they have also developed an app to inform sports fans around the world about the latest news and information regarding the Olympic Winter Games. Until Jan. 28, the Official 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic app will be set to monitor the path of the torch.

As a result of the Olympic trials during the past week, the United States of America has approximately 92 competitors in five sports who have qualified to play in the Pyeongchang Games as of now. In the 2014
Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia, the United States attained 28 medals: nine gold, seven silver, and 12 bronze and ranked third in the world in 2014.

In the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, the Russian delegation was partially suspended due to a serious doping scandal, however this Winter Olympic have been banned from playing under the Russian flag. Athletes are allowed to participate underneath an Olympic flag, since the Russian government encouraged the use of supplements.

South Korea’s proximity to the North Korea,ticket sales are slow. The Olympic committee is concerned for the 2018 Winter Olympics, since only 55 percent of tickets have been sold. The Pyeongchang Olympic Committee hopes approximately one million tickets to be sold by the time of the Opening Ceremony.

 

 

James Cook // Co-Sports Editor

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