2018 Winter Olympic Games

2018 Winter Olympic Games

 

 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place between 09 and 25 February in in PyeongChang county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. Here are 10 interesting facts about 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

  1. PyeongChang is known for Odaesan National Park, with trails crisscrossing the Taebaek Mountains. The park is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa Temple with its 9-story octagonal pagoda.
  2. The XXII Olympic Winter Games are also known as PyeongChang 2018. The name of the host city has been intentionally formatted in all official materials as “PyeongChang”, rather than “Pyeongchang”. This is to alleviate potential confusion with Pyongyang, the similarly-named capital of neighbouring North Korea.
  3. These will be South Korea’s second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games; Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.
  4. The competition programme for PyeongChang 2018 includes six exciting new events: snowboard big air (men’s and women’s), speed skating mass start (men’s and women’s), curling mixed doubles and the Alpine team event.
  5. The total number of gold medal events will be 102 – the most ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date.
  6. Soohorang, the mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games took its motif from the white tiger. The white tiger has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. 2018 Winter Olympic Games
  7. “Sooho”, meaning protection in Korean, symbolises the protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other           participants of the 2018 Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “Ho-rang-i”, the Korean word for “tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”, a cherished traditional folk song of Gangwon Province, where the Games will be held.
  8. The emblem for the Games is a stylized representation of the hangul letters ㅍ p and ㅊ ch, being the initial sounds of 평창 Pyeongchang. Additionally, the left symbol is said to represent the Korean philosophical triad of heaven, earth and humanity (Korean: 천지인 cheon-ji-in), and the right symbol to represent a crystal of ice.
  9. A total of 83 nations have qualified at least one athlete so far with Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia and Singapore scheduled to make their Winter Olympics debut if they decide to participate.
  10. North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the DMZ into South Korea since two North Korean figure skaters qualified. Russia’s status remains unclear due to the state-sponsored doping program scandal.

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