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Olympic Winter Games 2018

In PyeongChang there will be more than 100 gold medals to be won in 15 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

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.  It is comprised of largely two types of disciplines: the speed (velocity) events and the technical (skills) events. The speed events are Downhill and Super-G, and the technical events are Giant Slalom and Slalom. In addition Alpine Combined is a mixture of Downhill and Slalom. The Alpine Team Event will be newly introduced to the Olympic program for this edition of the Games.

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

Biathlon is a cross-country skiing race in which the participants use a rifle, which has been strapped to their backs, to shoot at a target at various points throughout the race. There are two types of the shooting positions – shooting while lying face down, and shooting while standing up. 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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Biathlon

Bobsleigh

Bobsleigh
Bobsleigh is a sport in which teams make runs down a narrow, twisting ice track in steerable 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. Athletes feel pressure of nearly four times gravity while negotiating curves on the track, and speeds can reach as high as 150km/h in races which last around a minute. The total times for all four runs are considered and 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. Athletes glide on skis, using classic or skate skiing techniques, through a series of uphill, level and downhill fields in the shortest possible time frame. 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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Cross country skiing

Curling

Curling

Curling has been part the Olympic program since 1998, but this edition sees the introduction of a mixed doubles competition. It is a contest between two teams of 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 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.

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. A total of 5 events are contended, including the men’s and ladies’ singles, ice dance, and pairs (where men and women compete together), and the team event. Judges award points according to their accuracy and the difficulty of the ice dancers’ manoeuvres.

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

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Figure skating

Freestyle skiing

Freestyle skiing

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. Unlike Alpine Skiing where athletes compete for speed, Freestyle Skiing allows athletes to showcase their aerial skills such as back flips and twists.  Freestyle skiing consists of: ski-cross, ski slopestyle, moguls, aerials, and ski 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. Each ice hockey team has a maximum of 22 players and three goaltenders on their roster. An ice hockey game consists of three periods, each of 20 minutes pure playing time. The size of an Ice hockey rink is 56 to 61m in length and 26 to 30m in width. The minimum standard for an international contest is 60m in length and 29 in width.

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

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Ice Hockey

Luge

Luge

A luge is a small sled on which the athlete sleds down 1,000 to 1,500m while lying face up and going feet-first, different to skeleton where competitors go head first. One (singles) or two (doubles) lugers compete.  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

Short track has been featured on the Winter Olympic program since 1992. The ice rink is comparably shorter than the speed skating rink, so the sport is usually referred to simply as ‘short track’. Between four and six skaters start at the same time. As the competitions for short track speed skating involve a lot of athletes racing on a short ice track, it allows for some bodily contact; but pushing other athletes or blocking them is regarded as an infringement. 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). The Olympic Winter Games include a total of eight events for men and women.

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

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Skeleton

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 going head first. Athletes steer the sled by using their shoulders and knees, and speeds can reach up to 120Km/ hour.  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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Skeleton

Ski Jumping

Ski jumping

Ski jumping has been a Winter Olympic event since the very first Winter Games in 1924.  The skier must slide down a 35 – 37° ramp, reaching up to 90Km/h and jump as far as they can while also making a stable landing.  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 and five judges decide on their scores by deducting points (from a maximum of 20) according to the skier’s flying and landing postures. The highest and lowest scores are disregarded, and the remaining three scores are added to the distance score, determining the ranking.

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

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Snowboarding

The first two snowboard disciplines were introduced during the Nagano Winter Games in 1998. The Olympics now has 10 snowboard events: Parallel Giant Slalom(men and women), Halfpipe(men and women), Snowboard Cross(men and women), Big Air(men and women; newly added for PyeongChang2018) and Slopestyle(men and women). The events contested range from organized courses with various objects such as rails and tables; parallel down hill races; and large jumps with tricks.

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

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Snowboarding

Speed Skating

Schaatsen

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 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 5000m. Women also race over 3000m and men over 10,000m. 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 28 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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