What you need to know about the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics In South Korea are now less than ten months away. To get you in the mood, we cover everything you need to know about the world’s biggest winter sports event, from key dates and details, to Olympians you need to watch out for.

When Are The Games?

The Winter Olympic Games kick off on February 8 2018, and end on February 25.

However, in an unusual move, the opening ceremony doesn’t begin until a day after the Games begin, on the 9th February.

On the first day, men’s ski jumping qualifications will take place, while curling mixed doubles makes it's debut.

What’s The Olympic Stadium Like?

The PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, like many Olympic stadiums, was built specifically for the Winter Olympic Games. Construction started in 2017, and it has cost a whopping $86,000,000,000.

Add to that the $13,000,000,000 that the Winter Games have cost, and you can see how gunning for gold medals is an expensive affair!

The opening and closing ceremonies will take place in the stadium, which has snow, grass and ice surfaces. It has a 50,000 seat capacity, which will be dismantled once the Games are finished. 

 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

How Many Sports & Events Can We Look Forward To?

There were fifteen sports at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and all fifteen will be returning in PyeongChang.

These fifteen sports will span across 102 events in total. 6 of these are brand new medal events for 2018. These new events include the aforementioned curling mixed doubles, men’s mass start (speed skating), and men’s big air (snowboarding).

Meanwhile, there are a pair of events from Sochi that haven’t made it to PyeongChang. If you enjoyed both the women’s and men’s snowboarding parallel slalom last time around, unfortunately you won’t get a chance to see them this time round.

Where Are The Venues?

There will be 2 groups of Winter Olympics venues:

*PyeongChang mountain cluster

*Gangneung coastal cluster

PyeongChang mountain cluster will host most of the outdoor sports, including alpine skiing, ski jumping and the biathlon. It’s also here where the Olympic Stadium is based, and where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place.

Gangneung coastal cluster will host the indoor sports, such as ice hockey and curling.

Which Athletes Are The Ones To Watch?

There are always athletes to get excited about when it comes to the Winter Olympics. In Sochi 2014, the likes of Britt Cox (Australia, mogul skier), Kamil Stoch (Poland, ski jumper), and Joss Christensen (USA, ski slope styler) captured the imagination.

*Britt Cox of Australia is hotly tipped to dominate the women’s mogul skiing field, and other athletes you should keep an eye out for include:

Kallie Humphries - A Canadian Bobsled Olympic champion, Humphries will be looking to add to her 2010 and 2014 Olympic medals.

*Alex “Chumpy” Pullin - Australian snowboarder Alex Pullin carried his nation’s flag at Sochi 2014. Despite being a favourite, he exited in the quarters. Now aged 29, many are expecting a grandstand climax to his career in PyeongChang - especially after he rounded off the 2016-17 season with three World Cup podiums!

Mark McMorris - Another Canadian, McMorris is a snowboarder who has the rather dubious nickname “McRib”, which was bestowed upon him after he broke a rib at Sochi.

*Katya Crema - Kat is Australia’s big hope in the women’s cross and alpine skiing competitions. She came fifteenth in 2010’s Winter Olympics and 7th in Sochi 2014. Could this by the year she breaks into the top three?

*Belle Brockhoff - Belle’s 2016-17 season ended last month due to injury. But the fearless snowboarder is still expected to be a big noise in PyeongChang.

Ester Ledecka - The Czech Republic’s great skiing and snowboarding hope, Ledecka is pinning her hopes on becoming the first ever athlete to win an Olympic medal in both snowboarding and Alpine skiing. She’s just 21-years-old, and is definitely one to watch.

Yuzuru Hanyu - Japan’s very own gold standard in figure skating, Hanyu broke the world record for total points accrued in a single competition in 2015. How many did he break it by? 27.13. Don’t take your eyes off him.

How Can I Watch The Games?

If you’re not fortunate enough to have got yourself a ticket for next years’ Olympic Games and live in Australia, you can follow all the action on Channel Seven. If you’re based in the U.S., NBC Universal will be broadcasting all the games. In the UK, BBC and EuroSport will be providing full coverage.

For a complete rundown of each nation’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics, check here. If your country isn’t listed, you can catch the live streams on the likes of NBCOlympics.com

If You Do Wish To Go …

If you’re planning a trip to South Korea, either because you have a ticket for the Games, or you simply want to soak up the atmosphere, you’ll just need a valid passport.

The nearest airport is Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, and tickets for the Games start out from $17 and rise to $768.

Now, all you need to do is sit back and wait for the tournament to begin!

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