The next Olympics will be in South Korea from February 9 to February 25, which is so soon! Here are 10 interesting facts to know about the upcoming Olympics.
- The medals were unveiled September 20! The edges of the medals have “PyeongChang Winter Olympics” written on them in Korean. The diagonal lines on the front symbolize Olympians’ determination and Olympic history. On the back, each medal has the sports discipline, event, and logo. When they were unveiled, PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee President Lee Hee-beom said, “With the Olympic medals for PyeongChang 2018 revealed today, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games are prepared to begin. We are fully geared toward preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote the Olympic Spirit and boost the citizens’ national pride.” (Go here for more information.)
2. A total of 222 medals (gold, silver, and bronze) will be awarded during the PyeongChang Games. In addition to that, 5 sets of each will be set aside in case of ties, 25 will be given to the International Olympic Committee, and 7 will be displayed in South Korea.
3. The Olympic mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang because the white tiger is considered Korea’s guardian animal. Here‘s a video about him!
4. There will be 6 new events at these Games: men’s and women’s snowboard big air, men’s and women’s speed skating mass start, curling mixed doubles, and an Alpine team event.
5. This Olympics marks 30 years since South Korea last hosted the Olympics in Seoul in 1988. This is its first Winter Olympics.
6. The Games’ slogan is “Passion. Connected,” and according to the website, that means “a world in which everyone is connected with shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime, to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports.”
7. This was PyeongChang’s third bid to host the Winter Olympics. Previously, it lost to Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Olympics.
8. 7,500 torchbearers will carry the Olympic torch during the relay.
9. The Olympic flame was already lit in Greece to start the Olympic Torch Relay to South Korea! Over the 101-day relay, it will visit 17 cities and provinces across South Korea. Watch this video to see where it will go!