Winter Olympics 2018

The history of the Olympic games can be traced back to the Greeks. The first competitions took place as far back as 776 BCE. They were initially held in the city of Olympia and this is where the modern name is derived from. The Olympics take place every four years and the winter games are two years apart from their summer counterparts. Hundreds of nations from around the world compete within these games. They send forth their most aspiring athletes and the greatest honour is to earn a place on the podium. This year’s games should be particularly interesting. They are taking place within the Korean peninsula and this provides a unique cultural backdrop to the competitions that are too to follow. Let’s take a look at all that you need to know.

Winter Olympics 2018 Dates

The Winter Olympic games will be taking place from February 9th, 2018 to February 25th, 2018. This is normally when they are scheduled, as the organisers consider the dates to be in the middle of the winter season. So, players will definitely have to gear up for some colder conditions. This is also relevant when we consider that the Korean peninsula is know for temperatures which drop well below zero during the height of the winter. It is also important to note that the torch relay began some time earlier. Many falsely believe that the relay only occurs during the games themselves. In fact, this relay actually began on 24 November 2017 in Greece. Runners first entered Korea on 1 November 2017 and they have been touring the region ever since. The total length of the relay lasts 101 days. The final runner will enter into the Olympic Stadium (within Pyeongchang) on 9 February (the official start of the Olympics).

Winter Olympics 2018

FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Nicholas Goepper, of the United States, makes a jump during a run in the men’s freestyle skking slopestyle final to win the bronze medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Once the parties, the TV appearances and the celebration was over, Goepper found searching for “What’s Next?’ It was a disheartening journey for the Olympic bronze medalist, one that took him to the verge of taking his own life, to a rehabilitation clinic and, finally, back to the realization that he got into the sport not for the parties, but because he really loves skiing and winning. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File) @scanpix

Winter Olympics 2018 Sports

As you would expect, the majority of sports will focus around winter-related activities. This year is a bit different. There are now 102 events corresponding to 15 sports. This is the first time in Winter Olympics history that there will be more than 100 medal-related events to be won. The traditional sports are listed immediately below:

• Alpine Skiing
• Bobsleigh
• Biathlon
• Cross-country skiing
• Curling
• Figure staking
• Freestyle skiing
• Ice hockey
• Nordic combined skiing
• Luge
• Speed skating
• Skeleton
• Speed skating
• Ski jumping

There are also four new events which will be making their debut in Korea this year. These are big air snowboarding, mixed team Alpine skiing, “mass start” speed skating and mixed doubles curling. We should also point out that there are more competitions within some events than others. For instance, there are 14 different competitions associated with speed skating. Cross-country skiing is set to hold eleven meets while there are only three traditional curling competitions. This is why it is a good idea to schedule viewing times in advance so that you will be able to enjoy your favourite sport(s).

Betting On The Winter Olympics 2018

Most of your favorite bookmakers such as Comeon and Coral will offer odds on many olympics events.

Pyeonchang

Pyeonchang is a county found within the Gangwon Province of South Korea. It is located within the centre of the country and it is therefore an ideal location to hold the Winter Olympics. We should also note that it is relatively close to its neighbours to the north. The entire region has constructed numerous facilities in order to support the upcoming games. There are numerous subdivisions or “counties” within Pyeonchang and each of these offer accommodations such as hotels. These hotels will be used by both visitors and competitors alike. One interesting feature within Pyeonchang is a world-class ski resort known as Alpensia. This will be the primary location for many events such as ski jumping and downhill racing. As it is found close to major hotels such as Intercontinental Hotel, many guests are likely to visit here during the games themselves.

South Korea and North Korea

It can be argued that these Winter Olympics have been heavily influence by politics. Relations between North and South Korea have been poor since the end of the Korean War in 1953. In fact, the two countries are technically still at war (a full peace treaty was never signed). Recent events had many wondering if it would have even possible for the Olympics to be held within this region. However, North Korea recently stated its intentions to participate in the games. This has opened up a new era of dialogue between the two nations. Many hope that these Olympics will help to usher in further communications and to strengthen the bonds between the two countries. It will be interesting to see how the competitors from these nations interact with one another. We will also be watching closely to see if the games themselves might be able to further thaw what can only be called “icy” relations. The eyes of the world will be watching!