2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver;[lower-alpha 1] Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽, romanized: Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018 (Korean: 평창 2018), was an international winter multi-sport event that was held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on 8 February 2018, the day before the opening ceremony.

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Host cityPyeongchang, Gangwon, South Korea
Motto
  • Passion. Connected.
  • (Korean: 하나된 열정., Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations92
Athletes2,922 (1,680 men and 1,242 women)
Events102 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening9 February
Closing25 February
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumPyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Winter
Summer
2018 Winter Paralympics
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul
평창 동계 올림픽 대회
Hanja
平昌冬季올림픽大會
Revised RomanizationPyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik Daehoe
McCune–ReischauerP'yŏngch'ang Tonggye Ollimp'ik Taehoe
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Hangul
제23회 동계 올림픽 대회
Hanja
第二十三回冬季올림픽大會
Revised RomanizationJeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik Daehoe
McCune–ReischauerCheisipsamhoe Tonggye Ollimp'ik Taehoe

Pyeongchang was elected as the host city in July 2011, at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. This was the second time that South Korea had hosted the Olympic Games, having previously hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but it was the first Winter Olympics to be held in the country. The Games marked the third time that an Asian country had hosted the Winter Olympics, after Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998, both in Japan. It was also the first Winter Olympics to be held in mainland Asia. These were the first of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in East Asia, preceding the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

The Games featured 102 events over 15 disciplines, a record number of events for the Winter Games. This is the first Winter Olympics record in Olympic history to award more than 100 medals. Four events made their Olympic debut in 2018: "big air" snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing. A total of 2,914 athletes from 92 NOCs competed, including the national debuts of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.

After a state-sponsored doping program was exposed following the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended, but selected athletes were allowed to compete neutrally under the special IOC designation of "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR) provided they could meet certain anti-doping requirements. North Korea agreed to participate in the Games despite tense relations with South Korea; the two nations paraded together at the opening ceremony as a unified Korea, and fielded a unified team (COR) in the women's ice hockey.

South Korea ranked 7th overall at the 2018 Olympics with 5 gold medals and 17 overall medals. South Korea has traditionally been a country that won many medals in Short track speed skating, but in this competition, it also won medals in Skeleton racer, Curling and Ski. South Korea's Yun Sung-Bin won a gold medal in Skeleton racer, and Yun Sung-Bin's gold medal was the first Olympic gold medal ever won by Asia in the sledding event. Norway led the total medal tally with 39, followed by Germany's 31 and Canada's 29.[1] Germany and Norway were tied for the highest number of gold medals, both winning 14.