2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics emblem launched

2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics emblem launched
2018 Winter Olympic Games
The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Emblem launch ceremony was held in Seoul, South Korea, May 3, 2013. Pyeongchang will be the first city in Asia outside Japan to host the Winter Games. Japan held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.

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Organizers of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics say games will promote peace in Korea

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean organizers say the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will help promote peace on the divided Korean peninsula.

Kim Jin-sun, head of the local organizing committee, spoke Friday as tensions in Korea escalated to the highest levels in recent years.

North Korea threatened to attack the U.S. and South Korea in protest of military drills and international sanctions against its nuclear test.

Pyeongchang is located in Gangwon province, the only Korean province divided by the heavily fortified inter-Korean border.

Kim says the Olympics will be a “symbol of peace” and facilitate dialogue between the two Koreas.

He spoke at a ceremony to launch the new logo for the games, a five-colored square representing where the earth meets the sky. The design has its roots in the Korean alphabet.

2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Video: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics emblem revealed

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2018 Winter Olympic Games

Opening date
09 February 2018

Closing date
25 February 2018

Country of the host city
Republic of Korea

The competition venues of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games consist of snow venues (in Alpensia, Yongpyong, Jeongseon Jungbong, and Bokwang) and the ice venues (Gangneung). A total of 13 competition venues will be in operation.

Snow venues (8)
The snow sports will be held in 8 venues in Alpensia, Yongpyong, Jeongseon Jungbong and Bokwang. At the moment, there are 6 existing venues and 2 more will be constructed.

Alpensia Resort : 3 existing venues (Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Biathlon) and 1 new venue (Bobsleigh/Skeleton/Luge)

Yongpyong Resort : 1 existing venue (Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom/Slalom)

Bokwang Phoenix Park : 2 existing venues (Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard)

Jeongseon Jungbong : 1 new venue (Alpine Skiing Downhill/Super-G)

Ice venues (5)
One existing venue (Curling), and four new venues (Speed Skating, Figure Skating/Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey I, Ice Hockey II)

5 (1 existing venue and 4new venues) located in Gangneung will be used for ice sports.

One existing venue: Curling

Four new venues: Speed Skating, Figure Skating & Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey I, Ice Hockey II.

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History of the Olympic Winter Games

  • The 1st Olympic Winter Games was held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, from 25 January to 5 February in 1924
  • On 27 May 1925, the 24th IOC Session held in Prague resolved to stage the Olympic Winter Games regularly
  • At the 91st IOC Session held in Lausanne in 1986, it was decided that the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games should be organised alternately every two years. Until that time, both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games were held in the same year
  • The Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter Games was the last edition to be held in the same year as the Summer Games. The 1994 Olympic Winter Games staged in Lillehammer, Norway, was the first time the Winter and Summer Olympic Games were organised in separate years.

History of the Host Cities

 
Edition Year Host City (Country) Period No. of Participating Countries No. of events No. of Athletes
1 1924 Chamonix (France) 25 January – 5 February 16 16 258
2 1928 St. Moritz (Switzerland) 11 February – 19 February 25 14 464
3 1932 Lake Placid (USA) 4 February – 15 February 17 14 252
4 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) 6 February – 16 February 28 17 668
5 1948 St. Moritz (Switzerland) 30 January – 8 February 28 22 669
6 1952 Oslo (Norway) 14 February – 25 February 30 22 694
7 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) 26 January – 5 February 30 24 820
8 1960 Squaw Valley (USA) 18 February – 28 February 30 27 665
9 1964 Innsbruck (Austria) 29 January – 9 February 36 34 1,091
10 1968 Grenoble (France) 6 February – 18 February 37 35 1,158
11 1972 Sapporo (Japan) 3 February – 13 February 35 35 1,006
12 1976 Innsbruck (Austria) 4 February – 15 February 37 37 1,123
13 1980 Lake Placid (USA) 13 February – 24 February 37 38 1,072
14 1984 Sarajevo (Yugoslavia) 8 February – 19 February 49 39 1,274
15 1988 Calgary (Canada) 13 February – 28 February 57 46 1,423
16 1992 Albertville (France) 8 February – 23 February 64 57 1,801
17 1994 Lillehammer (Norway) 12 February – 27 February 67 61 1,739
18 1998 Nagano (Japan) 7 February – 22 February 72 68 2,177
19 2002 Salt Lake City (USA) 8 February – 24 February 77 78 2,399
20 2006 Torino (Italy) 10 February – 26 February 80 82 2,508
21 2010 Vancouver (Canada) 12 February – 28 February 82 86 2,566
22 2014 Sochi (Russia) 7 February – 23 February 98
23 2018 PyeongChang (Korea) 9 February – 25 February

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