Olympic Winter games


Sports Olympic Winter Games 2018

At the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, there will be more than 100 gold medals to be won in a range of sports. View the Olympic schedule here. You can find details below of all the sports you can experience at the Olympics in 2018!

Alpine Skiing


Alpine skiing has been on the Winter Olympic program since 1936. The different events of alpine skiing are: slalom, giant slalom, super-g, downhill, combined and the team event.

Competition dates: February 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 and 24
Location: Yongpyong Alpine Centre, Jeongseon Alpine Centre

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Biathlon is a cross-country skiing race in which the participants use a rifle to shoot at a target at various points throughout the race. In most versions of the biathlon, if the athlete misses a target they have to complete an extra penalty lap before rejoining the race trail. The biathlon competition consists of different events: the individual competition, sprint, pursuit, mass start and relay.

Competition dates: February 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22 and 23
Location: Alpensia Biathlon Centre

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Bobsleigh is a sport in which teams make runs down a narrow, twisting ice track in controllable sleds. The Olympic bobsleigh competition consists of four runs across two days. For two-man bobsleigh and women’s bobsleigh, the teams consists of a brakeman and a pilot. For four-man bobsleigh, an additional two pushers are added to the team. A race lasts approximately 60 seconds and speeds can reach as high as 150 km/h. Winning is based on the total time for all four runs. The winner is the team with the fastest time.

Race dates: February 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25
Venue: Alpensia Sliding Centre

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Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing has been on the Olympic Winter program since 1924. Cross-country skiing consists of 12 different events including: the individual competition, sprint, pursuit, mass start and relay.

Competition dates: February 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24 and 25
Location: Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre

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Curling has been part the Olympic program since 1998. It is a contest between two teams, each with four players. The aim is to slide a number of granite stones from one end of a rink as close as possible to the ‘button’ centre of the opponent’s end. A point is scored for every stone that comes to rest the closest to the opponent’s ‘home button’.  The curling rink has a series of coloured circles on the ice.  The colours do not have any particular significance in themselves, but exist to make it easier to see where the stones rest in relation to the button. The winning team is the one with the most stones resting the closest to the centre of the rings. A draw is not possible in curling. If there is a tie after 10 ends, then an extra end is played. Curling mixed doubles has been added to the program for 2018.

Competition dates: February 8 – 25
Location: Gangneung Curling Centre

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Figure skating

Figure skating first appeared on the Olympic program in 1908 –  during the Summer Olympics! It was also part of the 1920 Summer Games held in Antwerp. Since 1924, however, it has taken its rightful place on the Winter Olympic program. Figure skating is performed by both men and women, individually, and in pairs. It involves rhythmic movements and jumps performed to music. A jury awards points for the best performance.

Competition dates: February 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 25
Location: Gangneung Ice Arena

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Freestyle skiing

Freestyle skien

Freestyle skiing has been on the official Winter Olympic program since 1992. It is a skiing discipline where both strength and technique play as important a role as artistic ability. Freestyle skiing consists of: ski-cross, moguls, aerials, and half-pipe.

Competition dates: February 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23
Location: Bokwang Snow Park

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Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey was first practised as an Olympic sport in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. Women’s ice hockey was added as an Olympic sport for the Winter Games in Nagano in 1998. An ice hockey game consists of three periods, each of 20 minutes pure playing time.

Competition dates: February 10 – 25
Location: Gangneung Hockey Centre (men), Kwandong Hockey Centre (women)

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Ice hockey



Unlike the skeleton event, where competitors go head first, luge athletes are positioned to go down feet first. There are individual men’s and women’s luge competitions, as well as men’s and women’s doubles and a national team competition. The team event consists of male and female luge and men’s doubles. The individual times are added together.

Competition dates: February 10 – 15
Location: Alpensia Sliding Centre

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Nordic combined

Nordic combined originated in Norway and has been on the Winter Olympic program since 1924. The event brings together the two components of Nordic skiing: ski jumping and cross-country skiing. In the first component, the athletes have to jump from a small ramp and the points awarded from this component determine the time delay before the second component: a 15km cross-country race. The competitor crossing the finishing line first is the winner.

Competition dates: February 14, 20 and 22
Location: Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

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Noordse Combinatie

Short Track


Short track has been featured on the Winter Olympic program since 1992. Between four and six skaters start at the same time and whoever finishes first is the winner. Besides technique and physical fitness, short track speed skaters also require skill and tactics. The distances covered are the 500 m (4 ½ laps), 1000 m (9 laps) and 1500 m (13 ½ laps). There is also a short track relay in which teams of three or four skaters compete against one another.

Competition dates: February 10, 13, 17, 20 and 22
Location: Gangneung Ice Arena

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Skeleton featured on the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic programs, but it took until 2002 for it to become a medal sport on the Olympic program again. Skeleton is a form of sledding where athletes slide down the track, lying face down and head first. Olympic skeleton consists of 4 runs, with time measured to a 100th of a second. The winner is the one with the fastest total time over the 4 runs.

Competition dates: February 15 – 17
Location: Alpensia Sliding Centre

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Ski Jumping


Ski jumping has been a Winter Olympic event since the very first Winter Games in 1924. There are three different events where athletes participate. These are the individual normal hill, the individual large hill and the team event. Ski jumpers get to jump twice in each event. The best jumpers compete in the final, and the best eight teams compete in the team final.

Competition dates: February 8, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19
Location: Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium

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The first two snowboard disciplines were introduced during the Nagano Winter Games in 1998. The Olympics now has four snowboard events: parallel giant slalom, half-pipe, big air and snowboard cross.

Competition dates: February 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23 and 24
Location: Bokwang Snow Park

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Speed Skating


Speed skating has been part of the Olympic Games since the first Winter Olympics held in Chamonix, France in 1924 (since 1960 for women). Skaters race in pairs over 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 5000 m. Women also race over 3000 m and men over 10,000 m. Skaters change lanes after every lap, so everyone covers the same distance. Skaters’ times are tracked automatically. The team pursuit has been on the Olympic program since Turin 2006. Pursuit teams consist of a maximum of five skaters, of whom three take part in a race. The men do eight laps (3098.88 m), the women six (2324.16 m).

The mass start event will appear for the first time in the 2018 Winter Olympics. As the name suggests, all skaters start at the same time. The distance is shorter than in the average marathon event, with 16 laps covered. Whomever crosses the finish line first is the winner.

Competition dates: February 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23 and 24
Location: Gangneung Speed Skating Oval

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