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2021 SUMMER GAMES IN TOKYO

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021. Check out the official Olympics page for more information.

2018 GAMES IN PYEONGCHANG

The 2018 Winter Olympics were held February 9-25, 2018 in PyeongChang in South Korea’s Gangwon province amid the Taebaek Mountains and about 110 miles east of Seoul, the nation’s capital. Note: the city’s name is Pyeonchang, but, for the Olympics, it was marketed with the PyeongChang spelling so that sports and spectacle fans do not confuse it with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

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The 2018 Olympics were the second Olympic Games held in South Korea, after the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, and South Korea’s first Winter Games. PyeongChang is the third Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo (1972) and Nagano in Japan (1998).

Competition kicked off on February 8, a day before the Opening Ceremony. The PyeongChang Games included more than 100 events in 15 sports, from the original figure skating, cross-country skiing and ice hockey, to the more recent alpine skiing, luge and snowboarding. New events were introduced for these Games: big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating and mixed team alpine skiing.

Time magazine in mid-September 2017 posted an excellent and short (1 ½ minutes) video overview of PyeongChang 2018, “Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

You’ll find lots of details at the International Olympic Committee’s official website.

NBC Sports broadcast the 23rd Winter Games, but for the first time since 1988, the primetime coverage host was someone other than Bob Costas; Olympics rookie Mike Tirico took his place. In another new turn, primetime coverage aired live in all U.S. time zones — the first time NBC has not tape-delayed coverage for the west coast. In addition to NBC, events were also broadcast on sister stations NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, NBC Universo, Olympic Channel, the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.

In part because of the increased missile tests and nuclear threats from North Korea, ticket sales to the 2018 Winter Games were slow. A Fortune magazine article reported that international sales were strong, but as of early September 2017, South Koreans had purchased only 52,000 of the 750,000 seats organizers had planned to sell.

Alpensia Ski Jumping Center 2018 Winter Olympics

The Alpensia Ski Jumping Center, photographed in February 2017. (Korea.net photo by Jeon Han/ Korean Culture and Information Service)

Below are some links if you travel to South Korea: