2018 GAMES IN PYEONGCHANG
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held February 9-25 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 is being marketed with the PyeongChang spelling so that sports and spectacle fans do not confuse it with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
The 2018 Olympics will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea, after the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, and will be South Korea’s first Winter Games. PyeongChang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games after Sapporo (1972) and Nagano in Japan (1998).
Competition will kick off on February 8, a day before the Opening Ceremony. The PyeongChang Games will include 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 will be introduced for these Games: big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating and mixed team alpine skiing.
Time magazine in mid-September 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 will broadcast the 23rd Winter Games, but for the first time since 1988, the primetime coverage host will be someone other than Bob Costas; Olympics rookie Mike Tirico will take his place. In another new turn, primetime coverage will air 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 also will be broadcast on sister stations NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, NBC Universo, Olympic Channel, the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com. For full schedules, TV listings and tips on how to watch the sweeping international event, click here.
In part because of the increased missile tests and nuclear threats from North Korea, ticket sales to the 2018 Winter Games have been slow. A Fortune magazine article reported that international sales were strong, but as of early September, South Koreans had purchased only 52,000 of the 750,000 seats organizers had planned to sell.
If you plan to go, take care to buy tickets only from authorized ticket resellers, a list of which is available at https://tickets.pyeongchang2018.com/atr. In the United States, for example, that’s CoSport. The reseller in Canada is ATPI Sports Events, and in Mexico and South America, it’s Cartan Tours.
Below are more links if you travel to South Korea for the Games: