Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games, including when and where the Olympics will take place:
Where are the 2018 Winter Olympics?
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang in South Korea. After previous failed bids, the city beat Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, as the venue for the upcoming games during the International Olympic Committee’s 123rd IOC Session in South Africa in 2011.
While PyeongChang has never hosted an Olympics, Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics. This upcoming event will be the first time South Korea has hosted a Winter Olympics. More than 100 miles east of Seoul, PyeongChang County is located in the Gangwon province of South Korea in the Taebaek Mountains. PyeongChang’s elevation makes it a popular destination for hiking and skiing. Many of the events will be held at Alpensia Sports Park, which is part of the popular Alpensia Resort in the county.
When will the Olympics start?
The Olympic games will begin on February 8, 2018, and end February 25, 2018. While the games’ Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 9, the first competitive events will happen on February 8.
What sports are in the Winter Olympics 2018?
The Winter Olympics will feature 15 sports with individual and team events. A number of the sports take place on the slopes: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard. The rest take place on ice: curling, bobsled, figure skating, hockey, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating.
Within the 15 sports, there will be 102 events where athletes will have the chance to earn a gold, silver or bronze medal for their countries. In 2018, six new medaled events were added to the schedule. Those events include a team event for alpine skiing, mixed doubles curling, men’s and women’s big air for snowboarding and men’s and women’s mass start for speed skating.
Which U.S. athletes will be competing?
The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will have the highest number of athletes ever to compete in a Winter Games. Organizers said 2,925 athletes from 92 countries will compete this year.
Two hundred and forty-two of those athletes are competing for Team USA – about 12 more than those who did in Sochi in 2014.
While it is a record for the Winter Olympics, the number of those participating is still smaller than the number of athletes who regularly participate in the Summer Olympics. In Rio in 2016, more than 10,500 athletes competed, with 558 of them representing the U.S.
Here’s a list of athletes who will compete Team USA at the 2018 Olympics:
Men: Bryce Bennett, Tommy Biesemeyer, David Chodounsky, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mark Engel, Tommy Ford, Jared Goldberg, Tim Jitloff, Nolan Kasper, Ted Ligety, Wiley Maple, Andrew Weibrecht
Women: Stacey Cook, Breezy Johnson, Megan McJames, Steven Nyman, Alice McKennis, Laurenne Ross, Resi Stiegler, Jacqueline Wiles
Mikaela Shiffrin: Shiffrin will be the returning slalom champion this year, after being the youngest champion in that event in Olympics history in Sochi in 2014. At age 22, she currently has the second-most World Cup wins by an American woman – behind Vonn.
Lindsey Vonn: After injuries kept her out of the 2014 Olympics, Vonn is gearing up for a triumphant return. In 2010, she was first American woman to ever win the gold medal in the 2010 downhill race. She has also won four overall World Cup championships.
Men: Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Russell Currier, Sean Doherty, Leif Nordgren
Women: Emily Dreissigacker, Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Maddie Phaneuf, Joanne Reid
Men: Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Codie Bascue, Nick Cunningham, Chris Fogt, Chris Kinney, Steve Langton, Sam McGuffie, Sam Michener, Justin Olsen, Carlo Valdes, Nathan Weber, Evan Weinstock
Women: Aja Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Jamie Greubel Poser, Elana Meyers Taylor
Men: Erik Bjornsen, Patrick Cladwell, Simi Hamilton, Logan Hanneman, Reese Hanneman, Noah Hoffman, Tyler Kornfield, Andy Newell, Scott Patterson
Women: Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Rosie Frankowski, Annie Hart, Kaitlynn Miller, Caitlin Patterson, Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent, Liz Stephen
Cory Christensen, Aileen Geving, Becca Hamilton, Tabitha Peterson, Nina Spatola Roth, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, Joe Polo, John Shuster
Karen Chen, Madison Chock, Madison Hubbell, Mirai Nagasu, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, Bradie Tennell, Evan Bates, Nathan Chen, Zach Donohue, Chris Knierim, Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou
Maia and Alex Shibutani: The siblings are three-time World medalists, earning bronze in ice dancing in 2017. They appear to be the new pair to watch, after 2014 Sochi gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White announced they would not compete to defend their title in PyeongChang.
Men: Aaron Blunck, Mac Bohonnon, Alex Ferreira, Nick Goepper, Alex Hall, Gus Kenworthy, Jon Lillis, Eric Loughran, Troy Murphy, Emerson Smith, McRae Williams, Bradley Wilson, David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace
Women: Maddie Bowman, Ashley Caldwell, Caroline Claire, Annalisa Drew, Tess Johnson, Jaelin Kauf, Jaelin Kauf, Devin Logan, Keaton McCargo, Kiley McKinnon, Madison Olsen, Morgan Schild, Brita Sigourney, Darian Stevens, Maggie Voisin, Casey Andringa
Men: Mark Arcobello, Chad Billins, Jonathon Blum, Will Borgen, Chris Bourque, Bobby Butler, Ryan Donato, Matt Gilroy, Brian Gionta, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Gunderson, Chad Kolarik, David Leggio, Broc Little, Brandon Maxwell, John McCarthy, Brian O’Neill, Garrett Roe, Bobby Sanguinetti, Jim Slater, Ryan Stoa, Troy Terry, Noah Welch, James Wisniewski, Ryan Zapolski
Women: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Kali Flanagan, Nicole Hensley, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Sidney Morin, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey, Emily Pfalzer, Alex Rigby, Maddie Rooney, Haley Skarupa, Lee Stecklein
Long Track Speedskating:
Men: Shani Davis, Jonathan Garcia, Kimani Griffin, Brian Hansen, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia, Mitchell Whitmore
Women: Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson, Mia Manganello, Carlijn Schoutens, Jerica Tandiman
Men: Justin Krewson, Chris Mazder, Taylor Morris, Matt Mortensen, Andrew Sherk, Jayson Terdiman, Tucker West
Women: Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney
Erin Hamlin: A three-time Olympian, Hamlin was the first ever female American luger to win a medal in luge after taking home bronze in Sochi.
Ben Berend, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Jasper Good, Ben Loomis
Short Track Speedskating:
Women: Maame Biney, Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman
Men: J.R. Celski, Thomas Hong, John Henry Krueger, Ryan Pivirotto, Aaron Tran
Matt Antoine, John Daly, Katie Uhlaender, Kendall Wesenberg
Men: Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, Will Rhoads
Women: Nita Englund, Sarah Hendrickson, Amy Ringquist
Men: Nick Baumgartner, Jonathan Cheever, Chris Corning, Mick Dierdorff, Ben Ferguson, Red Gerard, Chase Josey, Hagen Kearney, Kyle Mack, AJ Muss, Jake Pates, Ryan Stassel, Mike Trapp
Shaun White: A two-time Olympic gold medalist, White is focusing this year solely on the halfpipe. Though he won the event previously, White placed fourth in Sochi. The athlete also has the record for the most X Games gold medals.
Women: Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold, Faye Gulini, Arielle Gold, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jessika Jenson, Hailey Langland, Rosie Mancari, Julia Marino, Maddie Mastro, Meghan Tierney
Chloe Kim: Though she was too young to compete in Sochi, Kim could leave a huge mark on the halfpipe for Team USA. At the 2016 U.S. Grand Prix at age 15, Kim became the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s on the halfpipe, in an event where she scored a perfect 100 points.
After finishing fourth at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Jan., Ashley Wagner, an American figure skating, did not qualify this year despite being an Olympics favorite.
How can I watch the Olympics on TV?
NBC will once again broadcast the Olympics – but this time, the network is changing it up. For the first time, NBC will broadcast the Olympic Games live in all time zones. In the past, U.S. viewers had to wait to watch delayed tape of the events — with the most anticipated events often appearing during primetime. This meant many viewers were susceptible to spoilers before having a chance to see the competition unfold.
The games will be broadcast on TV on NBC Universal networks, including NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network. The games can also be live streamed or watched on demand on NBCOlympics.com, as well as on the NBC Sports app
In November, NBCUniversal announced its preliminary TV schedule, saying it would stream 2,400 hours of these games – a record for the NBC in its streaming of Winter Olympics games. Coverage of the games will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN – which will air mixed doubles curling.
“There will be more live hours of Winter Olympics coverage in PyeongChang than ever before, and for the first time at a Winter Games, NBC will broadcast live across all time zones to the entire country, creating a unique national collective experience for this event,” Jim Bell, the president of NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a statement.
You can expect to watch the Olympics on NBC for the foreseeable future. The network has ownership of the rights for the games through 2032. However, the network’s longtime primetime anchor Bob Costas will no longer fill that role. Mike Tirico will take Costas’s place.
How to watch Winter Olympics 2018 Online live
There are no complications for United States people to watch Winter Games 2018. NBC will broadcast full coverage from Day 1 to Closing ceremony. PyeongChang Winter Olympic 2018 is the first Olympic game which is giving the privilege to all the viewers across the globe to watch the sports by streaming online with the help of their app. To the viewers, they are offering live streaming of both prime time and prime time plus programs. The audiences will not only be able to watch the sports but will also be updated with the recent news of the games and even the practices of the games.
Since the inception of Winter Olympic, this is for the first time in history that all around the globe can stream the sports online live by downloading the app in their respective devices like Desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile, androids, iPhone and even iPads. The app of NBCSN, NBC, CNBC, NBCOlympic.com, USA Network and NBC Sports will start from 7th February onwards.
If at all one is not being able to watch live in the stadium then nothing to worry about. In 2018 online streaming will facilitate all viewers across the globe to make themselves happy by watching their favorite sports live from the stadium. Even if one is unable to catch the games in the prime time then they can watch them by streaming any of these apps online on any device available to them. Here are some best channels to view all events starting from the opening ceremony of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in HD quality without any delays and ad-free channels.
One of the first companies to acquire the broadcasting rights for 2018 Winter Olympic Games, SBS will hold the local rights for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will continue to do so through 2024. It will telecast in both North Korea and South Korea.
beIN Sports will continue to hold its broadcasting rights for the Winter Olympic Games across the Middle East and North Africa. It will all the 102 events across its network.
NBC Universal the official broadcaster of the Winter Olympic 2018 undertook the full responsibility of airing 2400 hours live in three hours actively. These three hours consists of Prime Plus, Prime and Daytime and this time NBC will not have to bear the usual complaint about airing late in the region which is not located in the eastern time zones. For viewers in the US, NBC will remain to be their source of Olympics entertainment. NBC will also air primetime coverage simultaneously irrespective of the different time zones.
Complete Winter Olympic coverage can be watched live in both NBC and NBC Sports. CNBC will also be up for any additional coverage. USA network will also not be left behind as they also form a part of the official telecaster of Winter Olympic. Millions of viewers are eagerly waiting to watch the winter Olympic live.
Discovery Communications-owned EuroSport will be telecasting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games all across Europe except for Russia. On 29 June 2015, it was announced by the IOC that Discovery Communications would hold all the broadcasting rights from 2018 through 2022 across all platforms.
You can make the last choice to watch Winter Olympics on Social Media like Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. We will update working links just before the event starts. Make sure you have registered accounts to watch on Social Medias.
How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics without cable
The Winter Olympics and Paralympics are about to begin, and access for cord cutters to the games has never been better.
NBC will begin its coverage on February 8 and plans more than 2,400 hours of Olympics programming, up to the closing ceremony on February 25.
TV broadcasts will be spread across local NBC affiliates and three cable channels: NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network. The Olympic Channel will serve as a rolling “Team USA” news channel, but won’t offer live coverage. Paralympics coverage in March is much less ambitious and is almost exclusively on NBCSN.
Here’s how to watch it.
OTA (Over The Air)
The easiest way to tune into the Olympics is via an antenna and your local NBC affiliate. If you live in a city, you can probably get away with an indoor antenna that costs less that $50, but you might need an attic- or roof-mounted antenna if you live a bit further away from a transmitter.
NBC’s national broadcast network will air 176 hours of Olympic programming with live prime-time coverage in all time zones, but check the NBC TV schedule to make sure your favorite sport is included. If not, you’ll need a subscription to a streaming service, outlined below.
TechHive has a complete guide to choosing a TV antenna, and we explain why you should have an antenna even if you can get TV via cable or the internet. As a bonus, the antenna will pull in plenty more live sports through the year.
If you’re just interested in the Olympics, the sports-heavy Fubo TV service is the way to go. It costs $20 for the first month of service, but the price then jumps to $40 ($45 in New York and New England), so it’s only the cheapest if you intend to cancel after the first month. The basic package includes all the NBC channels carrying Olympics coverage. Fubo is compatible with Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and is in beta for Android TV. We recently updated our opinion of Fubo TV, which you can read in this story.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu’s live TV service costs $40 per month for a package with all the Olympics coverage and also comes with the company’s streaming library. Live TV is compatible with a wide range of devices including iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, and Fire Stick, Apple TV (4th gen), Chromecast, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and some Samsung smart TVs.
Sling’s Blue package carries local broadcast stations in only a handful of major markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C., Miami/Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Hartford/New Haven, At $25, it’s the cheapest monthly subscription you can get that includes NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network, but you’ll pay an extra $5 for The Olympic Channel. Sling works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and smart devices from Samsung, LG, LeEco, ZTE, and Xiaomi.
Google’s subscription TV package comes with all the familiarity of YouTube and costs $35 per month. All NBC Olympics networks are included. Make sure your device is compatible. It’s restricted to Android Lolipop, iOS 9.1 and above, or a web browser. It can also stream on TVs via Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, some Samsung and LG smart TVs, Xbox One, and Apple AirPlay.
The streaming offshoot of the satellite TV provider offers NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network in its cheapest package at $35 per month. A package that includes the Olympic Channel is $60, so look elsewhere if you want that channel, too. It’s compatible with Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android, and iOS devices and browsers. DirecTV Now is one of the few streaming services that doesn’t offer DVR service, which is part of the reason we’ve scored it so low.
The “Access” package of Sony’s streaming TV service offers NBC Olympics coverage the major broadcast networks in many markets and a bundle of other channels for $40 per month with a five-day free trial. An extra $5 buys the “Core” package that adds The Olympics Channel. Despite the name, you don’t need a PlayStation to watch. Vue is also compatible with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and via the web. PlayStation Vue is currently our top overall pick in streaming service, although not necessarily because of its Olympics coverage offering.
Watch the Winter Olympics 2018 for free
If you want to avoid paying altogether, all of the services mentioned offer 5- to 7-day free trials, so you could string out three of these across the 18 days of coverage. If you do that, just be sure to cancel before you’re billed for a month of service.
Are there any other controversies ahead of the Olympics?
With just a few months until the Opening Ceremony, the Winter Olympics has not sold as many tickets as expected – potentially due to a series of North Korea weapons tests, according to the Associated Press. South Korea is hoping for more than 1 million spectators — including 750,000 locals — to enjoy the 2018 Winter Olympics, but only 52,000 locals purchased tickets during the first phase of sales from February through June 2017. Lee Hee-beom, the president of the organizing committee in PyeongChang, told the AP it is unlikely North Korea would interfere with the Olympics, since some of the nation’s athletes could potentially compete in the events.
Also, the National Hockey League announced it would not participate in the Winter Olympic Games — which means the league won’t provide accommodates for its athletes and will not include a break for the Olympics in the 2017-2018 NHL season schedule. The decision came after a dispute with the International Olympic Committee over whether the IOC would cover the costs incurred by NHL players participating in the event, as the IOC had done in the past. The IOC decided not to pay these costs in 2018. The NHL did not participate in the 1988, 1992 or 1994 Winter Olympics due to the interruption required in its schedule.
What is the official Winter Olympics mascot this year?
Following several decades of tradition, the 2018 Winter Olympics has its own mascot. “Soohorang,” an animated white tiger, is the symbol for the upcoming Olympics. In Korea, the white tiger is known as the country’s “guardian animal,” according to the Olympics’ website.
The name “Soohorang” is a combination of several Korean words meant to symbolize the Olympics and the mascot. “Sooho” means “protection” in Korean; “rang” comes from the Korean name for tiger, “ho-rang-i,” as well as the folk song “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” the traditional song of the Gangwon Province, which is where the Olympics will take place.
The tradition of having an Olympic mascot started in Grenoble during the 1968 Olympics with “Schuss,” a skier. Mascots now generally take the form of an animal, with some Olympic Games opting for several mascots to represent the special event.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, “Vinicius,” a combination of a cat, monkey and bird, was the mascot and symbolized wildlife found in Brazil.
Which country won the most medals in the 2014 Sochi Olympics?
In the last Winter Olympics, Russia came out on top with 33 medals. The United States earned the second-most with 28, and Norway came in third with 26.
Where will the 2020, 2022 and 2024 Olympics be held?
The next Winter Olympics, in 2022, will be held in Beijing, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. The host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics has not yet been determined.