On the 9th of February, 2018. The 2018 Winter Olympic Games began on Friday with the Opening Ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea, marking the 23rd time athletes have participated in the cold-weather Olympic Games. The first modern summer Olympics were held in 1896, but there haven't been as many winter Olympics. The last winter Olympics were in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
The Pyeongchang Olympics are being hosted by South Korea for the second time after Seoul hosted them back in 1988. There are several reasons why people might not expect so many winter sports events; the most obvious is that it's not really a warm climate condition for such activities. But we should also remember that skiing and snowboarding were originally only part of much larger festivals; the first ski jump was actually used to mark the end of one festival and the start of another.
Also, unlike the summer games where countries tend to focus on one or two disciplines, every country at these games has representatives in at least three different types of events: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. This means more opportunities for athletes to win medals.
Finally, winter sports are popular among both men and women, which makes them attractive options for female athletes. Only four years ago, women made up only 7% of all winter sport participants. Now they account for about 15% of all participants.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place from Friday, February 4, 2022 until Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Because figure skating was so popular, it was the first winter sport to be included in the Summer Olympics. The sport was one among the original events at the 1924 Winter Olympics and has been a regular feature in every Olympics since.
The 2018 Winter Olympics medal table is a list of national Olympic committees ranked by the number of medals won during the 2018 Winter Olympics, which were held from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County (stylized as PyeongChang during the games), South Korea. A total of 30 nations have been represented at these games.
South Korea has had the most success with seven gold medals and nine overall medals. Canada is second with five gold medals and ten overall medals. Germany, Italy, and Switzerland each have four gold medals. Australia, France, Japan, and United States also have four gold medals each. All other countries have three or fewer gold medals.
France is the current world champion in snowboarding while Russia is the reigning ice hockey champion. Both teams will be looking to defend their titles after winning them last year.
The opening ceremony was held on 9 February and featured an array of performers including The Carters, Paul McCartney, and Bryan Adams. This was followed by the first day of competition: men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, short track speed skating, and mixed martial arts.
Pyeonchang is a city near Seoul that is well known for its ski resorts and host to the first half of these Olympics. It is expected that some 20,000 athletes from around the world will participate in these events.