2018 Winter Olympic Games – PyeongChang
WMG can’t wait for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to start so if you’re watching from home or heading down to PyeongChang like us, we hope you enjoy it as much as we will.
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will take place on Friday, 9th February. The games will go until Sunday, February 25th –The same date as the closing ceremony. These are the first Olympics to take place in South Korea since the 1988 summer games in Seoul.
In the last Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 Russia walked away with the most overall medals and most gold medals, collecting 9 bronze, 11 silver and 13 gold for 33 in total. Resulting in Russia coming top of medal table at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but will not be at this year’s edition in PyeongChang after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) found the country had engaged in “systemic manipulation’ of anti-doping rules – Russia’s absence means there’s going to be plenty of extra medals up for grabs.
PyeongChang bid to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games but lost in the final rounds of voting by three – four votes. They won its bid for 2018 Winter Olympic Games receiving 63 of the 95 votes. The expected cost of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games is $13 billion USD. This pales in comparison to the over $50 billion USD spent in Sochi 2014.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature 102 events in 15 sports. Four new disciplines in existing sports will be introduced in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding, mixed double curing, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing. It will also feature two Esports tournaments organized by Intel and supported by the IOC as a demonstration sport prior to the Opening Ceremony.
Seven sports with fifteen disciplines, there are sure to be events for everyone to enjoy. Some of the most popular events to attend at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games will be the opening and closing ceremonies, the men’s hockey, and figure skating being among the most popular for many people.
Many of the events are expected to have tickets for $70 or less to attract visitors. Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are expected to cost between 192 to 1,310 dollars. Tickets to the men’s hockey final are expected to be the most expensive along with figure skating. It is believed that the number of tickets that will be made available to the public for the different events will be a little over a million tickets.
There are many sponsors for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. Including McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Bridgestone, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, General Electric, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Samsung Electronics, Visa Inc., and Omega SA, LG Electronics, Korean Air and more.