Starting February 9th of 2018, the world’s elite winter athletes will descend up Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 23rd Winter Olympiad. However, before we start talking about Lindsey Vonn’s ambassadorship and whether or not that means she will compete, let’s take a look at the 2018 Olympics and what makes this upcoming installment unique.
#1. Pyeongchang, South Korea beat out Munich, Germany and Annecy, France as the host city for the 2018 Olympics with 63 votes compared to Munich’s 25 and Annecy’s 7. If Munich had won, it would be the only city in the world to host the summer and winter Olympics.
#2. Alpensia Resort will be the centerpiece resort for Olympic activities in 2018. Alpensia has a vertical drop of 596 feet and will be the location for ski jumping as well as cultural activities.
#3. Alpine speed events such as the Downhill, Super-G, and Combined will be held at Jeongseon Alpine Center, which contains a vertical drop of 2,890 feet (surpassing the minimum FIS requirement by 265 feet).
#4. Pyeongchang is the third Asian city to host the Winter Olympics. The other two Asian cities were both located in Japan (Sapporo and Nagano).
#5. A High-Speed train will connect Seoul to Pyeongchang, ferrying visitors from South Korea’s main metropolitan area to the Olympic village.
#6. North Korea’s International Olympic Committee suggested that they would be willing to host skiing events at the Wonsan Resort in North Korea. South Korea declined the offer (probably due to prior threats of missile and nuclear attacks).
#7. “Passion. Connected” is the official slogan of the 2018 Winter Olympics (whatever that means).
#8. The Mascot is TBD. The Olympic Mascot is usually an animal that is native to the region. The most notable exceptions to this unwritten rule were the Sasquatch at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and Human Ice Cubes at the Turin Olympics in 2006. What’s do you think the mascot should for the 2018 Winter Olympics?