Winter Olympics 2018 dates, TV schedule, opening ceremony, how to live stream and more on Pyeongchang games... all you need to know

Jessica Morgan
Your guide to the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang: Clive Mason/Getty Images

The British team have been set a record target of five medals at next month’s Winter Olympics.

It’s less than a month until the British team head to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and it’s been predicted that the squad will take home plenty of bling after UK Sport invested over £32m.

Lizzy Yarnold will be the first British athlete attempting to defend a Winter gold when she aims to reclaim the Skeleton title she won at the 2014 games in Sochi. Meanwhile the curling teams, Team Smith and Team Muirhead, are predicted to take home a minimum of one medal.

Russia will not be competing in this year’s games after it was found to have been running a state-sponsored doping scheme, which led to the country being stripped of 51 Olympic medals they won between 2011 and 2015. Athletes, who were cleared of doping and are participating in the games, are competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 1998, National Hockey League stars will not be participating in the Winter Olympics. The NHL opted against giving its players a break to compete in Pyeongchang.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature 102 events in 15 sports. The four new disciplines added this year include big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating and mixed team alpine skiing.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the games…

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The 2018 Winter Games will start on Thursday, February 8 and run until Sunday, February 25, with games commencing at 9am local time, while the opening ceremony is kicking off on Friday, February 9 at 8pm local time.

The games will take place at Alpensia ski resort, in PyeongChang, South Korea.

How can I watch it on TV?

The Winter Olympics 2018 will be broadcast on the BBC and Eurosport.

How to watch online: streams and Apps

You can watch the ceremony via the BBC website. From the 7th February, anyone who signs up to Eurosport Player in the UK via Amazon Channels between 7th Feb and 25th Feb will get a £5 gift card. T&Cs apply.

The Opening Ceremony

The ceremony will be shown take place at 11am, Friday 9th February.

Who is competing?

Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold is the first British athlete to defend an Olympic title after she won gold at the 2014 games in Sochi. Yarnold was also chose as Team GB's flag bearer for the opening ceremony.

British Olympian Lizzy Yarnold will be defending her gold title she won at Sochi 2014 in Pyeongchang Photo: Getty Images

Short track speed skater Elise Christie became triple world champion at the 2017 World Championships and will be competing in three events in Pyeongchang.

The curling teams have won four medals at the games, including bronze and silver in Sochi four years ago. Team Smith and Team Muirhead are predicted to take home a minimum of one medal.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Snowboarder Katie Omerod won her first World Cup gold in Big Air last season and the event makes its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang.

How much are tickets?

Tickets start at £14 and can be purchased from PyeongChang2018 website.

About PyeongChang

PyeongChang beat Munich (Germany) and Annecy (France) with 63 votes out of 95 total votes.

Photo: Getty Images

The Games will be South Korea’s second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games. Seoul hosted the summer games in 1988.

PyeongChang will be the third Asian city to host the winter games; the first two were in Japan, in Sapporo (1972) and Negano (1998).

Venues

Winter Olympics 2018 events schedule

Thursday, Feb 8
Curling mixed doubles round robin
Ski jumping qualification
Friday, Feb 9
Curling Mixed doubles round robin
Figure Skating Men’s and pairs
Freestyle Skiing Qualifying, men’s and women’s moguls
Saturday, Feb 10
Biathlon Women’s 7.5km sprint
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 7.5km skiathlon
Curling Mixed doubles round robin
Women's Hockey Japan v Sweden, Switzerland v South Korea
Luge Men’s heat races
Short Track Qualification women’s 3000m and 500m relay, men’s 1500m
Ski Jumping Normal hill
Snowboarding Men’s slopestyle qualifying
Speed Skating Women’s 3000m
Sunday, Feb 11
Alpine Skiing Men’s downhill
Biathlon Men’s 10km sprint
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 15km skiathlon
Curling Mixed doubles round robin
Figure Skating Short dance, ladies short program, pairs free skate
Freestyle Skiing Women’s moguls
Women’s Hockey United States vs. Finland, Canada vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia
Luge Men’s heat races
Snowboarding Men’s slopestyle final, women’s slopestyle
Speed Skating Men’s 5000m
Monday, Feb 12
Alpine Skiing Women’s giant slalom
Biathlon Men’s and Women’s pursuit events
Curling Mixed doubles semifinals
Figure Skating Men’s and ladies free skate, ice dance free dance
Freestyle Skiing Men’s moguls
Women’s Hockey Switzerland vs. Japan, Sweden vs. South Korea
Luge Women’s heat races
Ski Jumping Women’s competition
Snowboarding Women’s slopestyle final, women’s halfpipe qualifying
Speed Skating Women’s 1500m
Tuesday, Feb 13
Alpine Skiing Men’s alpine combined
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s and Women’s individual sprint finals
Curling Mixed doubles bronze and gold medal matches
Women’s Hockey Canada vs. Finland, United States vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia
Luge Women’s heat races
Short Track Women’s 500m final, men’s 1000m qualifying, men’s 5000m relay qualifying
Snowboarding Women’s halfpipe final, men’s halfpipe
Speed Skating Men’s 1500m
Wednesday, Feb 14
Alpine Skiing Women’s slalom
Biathlon Women’s 15km individual
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Pairs short program
Men’s Hockey Preliminary round United States vs. Slovenia
Luge Doubles competition
Snowboarding Men’s halfpipe final
Speed Skating Women’s 1000m
Thursday, Feb 15
Alpine Skiing Men’s super-G
Biathlon Men’s 20km individual
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 10km individual
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Women’s aerials qualifying
Women’s hockey Preliminary matches include United States vs. Canada
Men’s hockey Preliminary matches
Luge Team relay competition
Skeleton Men’s competition heat races
Snowboarding Men’s cross
Speed Skating Men’s 10,000m
Friday, Feb 16
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 15km individual
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Men’s short programs
Freestyle Skiing Women’s aerials final
Men’s Hockey Preliminary matches include United States vs. Slovakia
Ski Jumping Men’s large hill qualifying
Snowboarding Women’s cross
Speed Skating Women’s 5000m
Saturday, Feb 17
Alpine Skiing Women’s super-G
Biathlon Women’s 12.5km mass start
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 4x5km relay
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Men’s short program final
Freestyle Skiing Women’s slopestyle qualifying, final & men’s aerials qualifying
Men’s Hockey Preliminary matches include United States vs. Canada
Women’s Hockey Two knockout round matches
Short Track Men’s 1500m, women’s 1000m
Skeleton Women’s heat races
Ski Jumping Men’s large hill
Sunday, Feb 18
Alpine Skiing Men’s giant slalom
Biathlon Men’s 15km mass start
Bobsled Two-man sled heat races
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 4x10km relay
Curling Men’s and Women’s round robin
Freestyle Skiing Men’s slopestyle qualifying, final & men’s aerials final
Men’s Hockey Classification matches
Speed Skating Women’s 500m, men’s team pursuit qualifying
Monday, Feb 19
Bobsled Two-man heat races
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Ice dancers
Freestyle Skiing Women’s halfpipe qualifying
Women’s Hockey Semifinals
Ski Jumping Team competition
Snowboarding Women’s big air qualifying
Speed Skating Women’s team pursuit qualifying
Tuesday, Feb 20
Biathlon Mixed relay

Bobsled

Women’s heat races
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Ice dance, free dance
Freestyle Skiing Women’s halfpipe final, men’s halfpipe qualifying
Men’s Hockey Knockout rounds
Women’s Hockey Classification matches
Nordic Combined Large hill competition
Short Track Women’s 1000m qualifying, men’s 500m qualifying, women’s 3000m relay final
Wednesday, Feb 21
Alpine Skiing Women’s downhill
Bobsled Women’s heat races
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s and women’s sprint semifinals
Curling Men’s and women’s round robin
Figure Skating Ladies short program
Freestyle Skiing Men’s cross
Men’s Hockey Quarterfinals
Snowboarding Men’s big air qualifying
Speed Skating Men’s and women’s team pursuit finals
Thursday, Feb 22
Alpine Skiing Men’s slalom
Biathlon Women’s 4x6km relay
Curling Men’s semifinals
Freestyle Skiing Men’s halfpipe final
Women’s Hockey Bronze and gold medal matches
Nordic Combined Team competition
Short Track Men’s 500m finals, women’s 1000m finals, men’s 5000m relay
Snowboarding Men’s and women’s parallel giant slalom qualifying
Friday, Feb 23
Alpine Skiing Women’s alpine combined
Biathlon Men’s 4x7.7km relay
Curling Men’s and women’s semifinals
Figure Skating Ladies free skate
Freestyle Skiing Women’s cross
Men’s Hockey Semifinal matches
Snowboarding Women’s big air final
Speed Skating Men’s 1000m final
Saturday, Feb 24
Alpine Skiing Team event
Bobsled Four-man competition heat races
Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 50km mass start
Curling Men’s gold and silver match, women’s bronze match
Men’s Hockey Bronze medal match
Snowboarding Men’s big air final, men’s and women’s giant parallel slalom finals
Speed Skating Men’s and women’s mass start
Sunday, Feb 25
Bobsled Four-man heat races
Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 30km mass start
Curling Women’s gold medal match
Figure Skating Exhibition gala
Men’s Hockey Gold medal match

History

The Nordic Games was the first international multi-sport event that focused primarily on winter sports, and was held at varying intervals between 1901 and 1926. It was organised by Sweden’s Central Association for the Promotion of Sports, and more specifically by Viktor Balck, a member of that association and one of the five original members of the International Olympic Committee.

The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Winter Olympics, was held in Chamonix, France. The original five sports (broken into nine disciplines) were bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, Nordic skiing (consisting of the disciplines military patrol, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping), and skating (consisting of the disciplines figure skating and speed skating).

British figure skaters Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill who won gold at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The Games were held every four years from 1924 to 1936, interrupted in 1940 and 1944 by World War II, and resumed in 1948.

Until 1992, the winter and summer Olympic Games were held in the same years, but in accordance with a 1986 decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to place the summer and winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 was in 1994.

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