2018 Winter Olympics start today, February 9, 2018, lasting through February 25. The host city this time is Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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South Korea is 14 hours ahead of New York. It’s 15 hours ahead of Chicago. It’s 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles. It’s nine hours ahead of London.
For those in the United States, NBC will broadcast the games on TV and online. In Canada they will be on CBC. In the United Kingdom, fans can watch the Games on BBC TV and digital platforms.
Opening and closing ceremonies will be housed at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure with capacity for 35,000 spectators.
The city is about 80 miles east of Seoul and about 60 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Korea. This will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee announced on January 20, 2018, that North Korea will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. North Korea will send 22 athletes who will compete in three sports, according to IOC President Thomas Bach. Athletes from the North and South will also march together under one flag at the opening ceremony for the Games. For the first time in Olympic history, the two nations will enter a joint women’s ice hockey team under the name Korea and represented by the unification flag.
The athletes in Pyeongchang will compete in seven sports — biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating and skiing — with 15 varied disciplines across all sports.
The competitors each will be hoping to take home at least one of the 102 medals up for grabs. A record 102 medals will be awarded in 15 disciplines. The first is expected to be won on Saturday, February 10, early morning Eastern Time, for a cross country skiing event, the women’s 7.5km + 7.5 Skiathlon.
But which nation is likely to win the most medals? With some Russian athletes banned by the IOC in December, the top nation from the 2014 Winter Olympics will be absent from the podium. Using the results from key competitions over the past four years, Germany will take home the most medals, followed by Norway and the United States.
The 2018 mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang. The tiger is “closely associated with Korean mythology and culture” and is a “familiar figure in Korean folk tales as a symbol of trust, strength and protection,” according to the Games website.
Click here to visit the official website of the 2018 Winter Olympics!