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When does 2018 Winter Olympics start? Venue, TV times and events in PyeongChang

The countdown to PyeongChang 2018 is on with Great Britain targeting a record Winter Olympics medal haul.

Team GB want five podium finishes from their athletes to surpass the best-ever return of four from 1924 and 2014.

The Games, designed to bring the world together through sport, has already enjoyed a diplomatic victory with unprecedented talks between host nation South Korea and reclusive neighbours North Korea.

North Korea has also agreed to send a team to the games, while there is also a proposal for a joint women’s ice hockey team to be fielded by the two nations – that would be a first in any Olympic sport.

There will be 102 events across 15 sports with four new disciplines introduced.

Here’s all you need to know about the Games of the 23rd Winter Olympiad.

When do the Games start and finish?

The Games start on February 8 with the early stages of ski jumping and curling, but the opening ceremony won’t be until the following day.

The event runs until the closing ceremony on February 25.

How can you watch it?

Eurosport is shaking things up with their coverage of the Games, the first major event since the Discovery-owned network won the rights to show Olympics across Europe from 2018 (and the UK from 2022).

Starting at midnight on Wednesday, February 7, Eurosport will be showing every minute of every event to be broadcast across their multi-platform schedule with scores of gold medals represented in their commentary team.

Across Eurosport 1 and 2 they will show 794 hours of action, 293.5 hours of it live from around midnight to 2pm-3pm each day, followed by highlights until the evening sessions in the morning.

Recently retired US alpine skiing legend Bode Miller will present insights from new innovation The Cube.

The three Eurosport pop-up channels on Sky, Virgin and BT TV will operate 24/7, showing a mixture of live coverage and highlights, while there will be up to 16 bonus channels on the Eurosport Player.

BBC is the free-to-air broadcaster and will be showing events across their TV, radio and online platforms.

When are the opening and closing ceremonies?

The opening ceremony will be on Friday, February 9 at 10.30am while the closing ceremony can be seen on Sunday February 25 from 10.45am, both on Eurosport 1.

Where is PyeongChang?

Pyeongchang is a city and province in South Korea in the Taebaek Moutains about 110 miles (180km) from Seoul.

The capital C has been used in the branding for PyeongChang to avoid confusing the host region with Pyongyang, the capital of neighbouring North Korea just (183 miles) 295km away.

Some of the venues are just 60 miles from the Demilitarized Zone separating the two nations.

Pyeongchang beat Munich in Germany and Annecy in France when the bid winner was announced in 2011.

It becomes the first Asian city outside Japan – host of Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998 – to host the Winter Olympics.

Pyeongchang is nine hours ahead of GMT.

What and where are the venue?

Mountain cluster – Alpensia Sports Park

Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium (opening and closing ceremonies)

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre (ski jumping, Nordic combined, big air snowboarding)

Alpensia Biathlon Centre (biathlon)

Alpensia Cross-Country Centre (cross-country skiing, Nordic combined)

Alpensia Sliding Centre (luge, bobsleigh and skeleton)

Yongpyong Alpine Centre – alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom)

Coastal cluster – Gangneung Olympic Park

Gangneung Hockey Centre (men’s ice hockey)

Gangneung Curling Centre (curling)

Gangneung Oval (speed skating)

Gangneung Ice Arena (short track speed skating and figure skating)

Other locations

Kwandong Hockey Centre (women’s ice hockey)

Bokwang Snow Park (freestyle skiing and snowboard)

Jeongseon Alpine Centre (alpine skiing – downhill, super-G, and combined)

What are the events and how are the medals split up?

There are 102 events across 15 sports to be contested in South Korea, including the addition of four medal events – big air snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling and mixed team alpine skiing.

Alpine skiing – 11 gold medals; Biathlon – 11; Bobsleigh – 3; Cross-country skiing – 12; Curling – 3; Figure skating – 5; Freestyle skiing -10; Ice hockey – 2; Luge – 4; Nordic combined – 3; Short track speed skating – 8; Skeleton – 2; Ski jumping – 4; Snowboarding – 10; Speed skating – 14

GB medal chances?

Elise Christie – Short track speed skater

Scottish 27-year-old Christie could win multiple golds and make history if all goes to plan in South Korea. She won three golds and a bronze at the World Championships in 2017.

Lizzy Yarnold – Skeleton

The defending champion in the head-first sliding event would be the first Brit to defend a Winter Olympics gold.

Dave Ryding – Alpine skiing

After a breakthrough year in 2017, the 31-year-old late bloomer is being tipped by experts as a roughie worth getting behind in the slalom.

GB women’s curling team

Bronze medalists in the 2017 world championships, the Eve Muirhead-led team is always threatening the podium in major events.

Other Brits to watch out for…

James Woods – freestyle skiing

Isabel Atkin – freestyle skiing

Andrew Musgrave – Nordic combined

Katie Ormerod – snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air

Billy Morgan – snowboard slopestyle and snowboard big air


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