2018 Winter Olympics

XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
Host city Pyeongchang, South Korea
Motto Passion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정. (Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating 90 (estimated)
Events 102 in 7 sports (15 disciplines)
Opening ceremony 9 February (56 days from now)
Closing ceremony 25 February
Stadium Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Winter
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Summer
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Pyeongchang is located in South Korea
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Location in South Korea
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Hangul 평창 동계 올림픽
Hanja 平昌 冬季 올림픽
Revised Romanization Pyeongchang Donggye Ollimpik
McCune–Reischauer P'yŏngch'ang Tonggye Ollimp'ik

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XXIIIeme Jeux olympiques d'hiver; Hangul제23회 동계 올림픽; RRJe-isipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018 [1] ( [pʰjʌŋ.tɕʰaŋ]), is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

The elected host city was announced on 6 July 2011 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. Pyeongchang won its bid on the first round of voting, receiving more votes than both Munich, Germany and Annecy, France combined.

These will be South Korea's second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games; Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988. Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games; the first two were in Japan, at Sapporo ( 1972) and Nagano ( 1998). [2]

Bidding

Pyeongchang bid to host both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games but lost in the final rounds of voting by three and four votes respectively. Pyeongchang won its bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the first round of voting, receiving 63 of the 95 votes cast, giving it the majority required to be elected host city.

Munich also launched a bid to host these Games. Prior to Beijing's successful 2022 Winter Olympics bid, Munich would have become the first city to host both the Winter and the Summer Games, having previously hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics, but received 25 votes. Annecy launched a bid, but failed to secure public support from local citizens. Their bid received seven votes.

Host city election

Pyeongchang was elected as the host city at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, earning the necessary majority of at least 48 votes in just one round of voting.

2018 Winter Olympics bidding results
City Nation Votes
Pyeongchang   South Korea 63
Munich   Germany 25
Annecy   France 7
Other Languages
Аҧсшәа: Пхёнчхан 2018
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Зімовыя Алімпійскія гульні 2018 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Olimpiade Musim Dingin 2018
norsk nynorsk: Vinter-OL 2018
Simple English: 2018 Winter Olympics