The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (
Korean: 제23회 동계 올림픽,
translit. Jeisipsamhoe Donggye Ollimpik) and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, was an international winter
multi-sport event held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in
South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on 8 February 2018, the eve of the
opening ceremony. Pyeongchang was elected as the host city in July 2011, during the
123rd IOC Session in
South Africa. This was the first time that South Korea had hosted the
Winter Olympics and the second Olympics held in the country overall, after the
1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It was the third time that an
East Asian country had hosted the Winter Games, after
1998), both in Japan. It was also the first of three consecutive Olympics to be held in
East Asia, the other two being the
2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the
2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Games featured 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of
"big air" snowboarding,
mixed doubles curling, and mixed team
alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme. 2,914 athletes from 92
NOCs competed, including the debuts of
Singapore. After a
state-sponsored doping program was exposed following the 2014 Winter Olympics, the
Russian Olympic Committee was suspended, and selected athletes were allowed to compete neutrally under the IOC designation of "
Olympic Athletes from Russia". Despite
North Korea agreed to
participate in the Games, enter with South Korea during the opening ceremony as a
unified Korea, and field a
unified team in
women's ice hockey.
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 seventeen medals, their highest medal haul at a Winter Olympics.