First Time South Korea Hosted Winter Olympics in 2018
First Time South Korea Hosted Winter Olympics in 2018:
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was a major international winter grand sport event held from 9th and 25th February, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It was the the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. South Korea took concrete measure to ensure the security ahead of the Winter Olympics. Their defense ministry deployed approximately 5,000 armed forces personnel to the Games.
For the first time South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics after the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It was also the first of 3 consecutive Olympics taking place in East Asia, the other one is the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 2,914 athletes from 92 countries competed, including the athletes from Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. Despite tense relations, North Korea agreed to participate in the Games, during the opening ceremony entered with South Korea as a unified Korea. They field a unified team in women’s ice hockey. Russian athletes were banned from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics as a punishment for having an allegation of state-sponsored scheme of doping.
The games featured 102 events in 15 sports, with the addition of snowboarding, skating, doubles curling and mixed team alpine, skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-country skiing, Curling, Figure skating, freestyle skiing, Ice hockey, Luge, short track speed skating, ski jumping and speed skating to the Winter Olympic program.
Norway led the total medal tally with 39, followed by Germany’s 31 and Canada’s 29. Germany and Norway were tied for the most gold medals won; both won fourteen golds. Host nation South Korea won 17 medals, their highest medal haul at a Winter Olympics. Opening and closing ceremonies occured at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, a venue that accommodated 35,000 spectators. All competition venues were located within 30 minutes driving distance from the stadium.