2018 Winter Olympics
Sat, 2018-Feb-10 01:44 UTC
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The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, translit. Je-isipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is an international multi-sport event held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang was selected as the host city in July 2011, during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. It marks the first time that South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics held in the country, the first being the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.
The Winter Olympics runs from 9 to 25 February 2018 with certain events being held on 8 and 9 February 2018 prior to the opening ceremony. These games feature 102 events in fifteen sports disciplines, including the addition of big air snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme. 2,952 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees are slated to compete, including the debut of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
The lead-up to these Games were threatened by the ongoing tensions between South Korea and neighbouring North Korea, which led to several countries threatening to skip these Olympics if the security of their delegations were not guaranteed. The two countries agreed to march together during the opening ceremony, and to field a unified women's hockey team. These moves were met with opposition by South Korean critics, who believed that the country was using the Games as a platform for pro-North Korean sentiment.
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