The Games explained

  • Sport guide – Snowboard: speed and strength collide with art and flair for Games showpiece

    A thrill-ride sport combining skill, stamina and fearlessness, snowboard often delivers international fame for those athletes with enough mettle to claim medals in globally-renowned championships such as the Olympic Winter Games. A long way coming and always evolving First developed in the United States in 1960, snowboard was embraced as a formal discipline at Nagano

  • Sport guide – Ski Jumping: stalwart Winter Olympic event continues to soar to success

      Time to soar Ski jumping is perhaps winter sport’s most iconic event – as well as being the closest thing mankind has come to flying without the aid of an engine or parachute. First contested in Norway in the late 19th century, the discipline has been present at every Olympic Games since Chamonix 1924.

  • Sport guide – Skeleton: heading for danger and defying gravity

    To the xtreme Skeleton is one of the most extreme sports at the Olympic Winter Games: thundering head-first down an ice track on a light sled at speeds averaging 120kph requires an iron will and nerves to match. The event has not been without controversy over the years. It was twice an Olympic sport in

  • Sport guide – Short Track Speed Skating: hustle, bustle, thrills and spills

    There are few Olympic sports as exhilarating as short track speed skating. While many events pit an athlete against the clock, short track is a good old-fashioned rumble of a race: packed with hustle, bustle and dramatic falls, last-minute overtaking and photo finishes. It’s as exciting as sport gets. First included as a demonstration event

  • Sport guide – Nordic Combined: skiing and ski jumping for the dashing and daring

    Having featured at every edition of the Olympic Winter Games since the first in Chamonix, France, 1924, Nordic Combined is an Olympic staple. Twinning cross country skiing and ski jumping, it trades in stamina and bravery, with only the most driven athletes succeeding at the sport’s elite level. At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018,

  • Five fantastic venues for PyeongChang 2018

    South Korea have built and renovated a total of 13 venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics – here are five of the best:   Olympic Stadium     Hosts the opening ceremony on February 9th and closing ceremony on 25th. When PyeongChang originally bid for the Games, it planned to hold the ceremonies at the

  • New discipline – Alpine Skiing Team Event promises knockout agenda-setting fun

    Skiing has always been a sport for individuals – pitting one woman or man against the clock in the hunt for victory. So the new alpine skiing team event promises to be something very different for both participants and spectators alike, with teams of four taking on rival nations in a series of one-on-one parallel

  • Republic of Korea joins select group to complete Winter and Summer Games double

    In February 2018, the Republic Of Korea will become the eighth country in history to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games when Pyeongchang welcomes the world. Seoul acted as the Olympic Summer Games hosts in 1988, a Games in which Florence Griffith Joyner famously won double sprint gold and Ben Johnson was stripped

  • New discipline – Mass Start Speed Skating brings points, medals and mayhem

    Speed skating has always been fascinating to watch, as solo or teams of skaters starting on opposite sides of the track try to edge ahead of their opponents, lap after lap. But it lacks the rough and (literally) tumble of short track, in which rivals rub shoulders and race to the same finish line. Until

  • New discipline – Curling Mixed Doubles adds dynamic discipline to Games favourite

    The International Olympic Committee’s ambitious Agenda 2020 programme, which marks the way forward for the Olympic Movement, includes a pledge to foster gender equality. Part of this will be accomplished through new, mixed team events – and curling is an early beneficiary. As well as the traditional men’s and women’s curling events, PyeongChang 2018 will