And the Host for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is …….

Every four years the oldest sports event, delivered from the antic Greece, will take place. The first Olympic Games of the modern era were introduced in 1896, while 1924 the Olympic Winter Games were added. Since then, athletes and teams from all over the world compete against each other in different disciplines.

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PyeongChang wins bid to host the Olympic Winter Games 2018 (credit: Korea.net)

PyeongChang is, after the Seoul Olympic Summer Games in 1988, the second Korean city ever that is selected to held the Olympic Games, and the third Asian city that hosts the Olympic Winter Games. It was able to prevail its application against Munich (Germany) and Annecy (France). The official logo derives from the Korean alphabet ㅍ for Pyeong and stands for harmony of heaven, earth and men and ㅊ for Chang and symbolizes snow, ice, and winter sport stars. The Korean letters are combined with the official colors of the Olympic rings. The 2018 slogan ‘Passion.Connected’ expresses PyeongChangs new era of festivity and hospitality, as well as the connection between Koreas traditional and modern cultures with transcend generation. The host city is located around 130km east from Seoul in Gangwon-do province. Around 44.000 people are living in the mountainous area. This landscape leads to its regional attractions, hiking and skiing.

From February 9th to February 25th, international sportsmen will represent their country in 15 different disciplines aiming for the gold medal. The following categories are selected as official Olympic program by the International Olympic Committee:

Alpine Skiing ** Biathlon ** Bobsleigh ** Cross Country Skiing ** Curling ** Figure Skating ** Freestyle Skiing ** Ice Hockey ** Luge ** Nordic Combined ** Short Track Speed Skating ** Skeleton ** Ski Jumping ** Snowboard ** Speed Skating

In 2018, four new disciplines will be introduced, Alpine skiing team, curling mixed doubles, snowboarding big air and speed skating mass start. In return parallel slalom in snowboarding was deleted. 12 different venues offer athletes space to show their skills and techniques. Thereby, the Alpensia Sports Park will be the main venue that includes the Alpensia Biathlon Center, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Center and Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. The other venues are located within 30 minutes of the Alpensia Sports Park. Over 100 nations and more than 50,000 participants are expected to take part in the event.

Besides the Olympic Winter Games, the Paralympic Winter Games are also held. Being a big part in the whole Olympic Games, the Paralympics are for international athletes with physical disabilities and are hosted by the same city of the Olympics Games. Various sportsmen compete from March 9th to March 18th in Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Snowboard and Wheelchair Curling.

The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang will be a great opportunity for South Korea to receive greater attention for Asian winter sports and to represent the country to the world.

Visit the official websites of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, as well as the website of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics Winter Games to stay informed.

I will be an official PyeongChang 2018 College Student Reporter, so more article about this big event will follow.

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