2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games - Korea Tourism Organization

2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

Korea’s Pyeongchang will be the host of 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held in 9 - 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. Pyeongchang, among Munich, Germany and Annecy, France, was selected as the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games after receiving a majority vote at the 123rd International Olympic Committee Session. This South Korean city had lost the host selection process in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi). 

Olympic Winter Games
The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event that is held every four years, featuring sports practiced on snow and ice. The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Winter Olympics, was held in Chamonix, France. The last games were organized in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The next Olympic winter games in Pyeongchang will be the third one that is hosted by an East Asian city after Sapporo, Japan in 1972, and Nagano, Japan in 1998; while it will be the first Winter Games in Continental Asia.

For the games participation of almost 5.000 athletes and technical team members from 100 countries in fifteen winter sport disciplines, which have been scheduled in the 2018 Winter Olympics program: curling, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, short track speed skating,  Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding, bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton.

Paralympic Winter Games
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be held in 9-10 March 2018. Organized twice as winter and summer games, the Winter Paralympic Games is known as an important international sport event where athletes with physical disabilities compete and organized by International Paralympic Committee. The competition’s history goes back to post-World War II era, where injured British soldiers were engage in sport as a form of healing. In 1960, after Summer Olympic Games in Rome, it was organized as a separate entity and became the second greatest sport event in 2008.

The mascot for Olympic Games, Soohorang (the white tiger) has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. It has not only a challenging spirit and passion but also it is a trustworthy friend who protects the athletes, spectators and all participants in the Olympic Games.

Other mascot is Bandabi (the Asiatic black bear) symbolizes strong willpower and courage in the Korean folklore. This bear now has been selected as a friendly mascot for the Paralympic Games in 2018. Bandabi is derived from “ban-dal”, the Korean word for the half-moon. Bandabi has strong willpower and courage. It is a warm-hearted friend who takes the lead for equality and harmony and encourages athletes to push themselves beyond their limits.

Pyeongchang 2018 Online Membership Program
Pyeongchang Organization Committee (POCOG) has established a two-way communication channel by an online membership program for Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.

Anyone who is interested in Olympics can form an "Online Membership” account and reach out information on games schedules, tickets, and ceremonies of Pyeongchang Olympic Games. 
For further info on the program, please visit POCOG Official Website: www.pyeongchang2018.com