The Winter Olympics are coming around very quickly, and with the snow falling hard and fast in the UK, it feels closer than ever.
From 9th until 25th February, the Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This will be their first time hosting the Winter Games, having hosted the Summer Games in 1988. They received the majority of the votes in the first round, beating Munich, Germany and Annecy, France this time round having lost out in previous years (2010, 2014).
Pyeongchang will be the location for all opening and closing ceremonies.
All alpine skiing events will take place in Jeongseon and all ice sports in Gangneung.
Tickets have been on sale since October 2016, and there are still many available. For prices of each event, please see the full pricing guide here.
Full information about all events can be found here.
Having checked as of December 2017, Skyscanner are offering direct flights from £625 for one adult, flying out on 6th and returning on 27th.
Flying into Incheon as this is the closest airport to the event.
So, if you want to be there for the whole event, we would suggest booking ASAP to ensure prices don’t rise further.
For the same timescale as above, booking.com have properties from £2,500 for the duration of the 21 nights, based on two adults.
Air bnb are offering up rooms from £70 per night, so there are options, but again, the sooner the better.
The main Olympic website has more information on accommodation, getting there and much more.
The Opening Ceremony will be on February 9th at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, which has been built specifically for this event as well as the closing ceremony (held on 25th February), and can hold 35,000 people.
None of the events for either the Olympics or the Paralympics will be held at the stadium.
Events range from Bobsleigh and Curling to Figure Skating and Snowboarding, for a full schedule of the events, please click here.
The medals for the finalists in the events have finally been released as of 11th December and are beautiful.
Inspired by the three cultural assets of Korea:
- The Korean Alphabet, Hangeul. – For the Medal.
- Traditional Korean Clothing, Hanbok. – For the Strap.
- Traditional Korean Houses, Hanok. – For the Case.
Use the link above to see how stunning they are and how they came up with this inspired idea.
Hoping to emerge victorious, we will be sending 60 athletes across to South Korea for the Olympics.
The confirmed final team will be finalised on 24th January, keep up to date with this on BBC News.
We’re predicting that the line-up will include our most recent medal winners; Amy Williams (2010) and Lizzy Yarnold (2014) both in Skeleton as well as Jenny Jones (2014) in Snowboarding.
The Paralympic Games will be held between 9th March and 18th March 2018.
The Opening ceremony is taking place on 9th with the closing ceremony on 18th in the same venue as the Winter Games.
Events taking place will be:
- Alpine Skiing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Ice Hockey
- Wheelchair Curling
For a full schedule of what event is on and when, click here.
All information above regarding accommodation, tickets etc. is all relevant for the Paralympic games also.
For Your Information:
If you are travelling across to the Winter Olympic Games, don’t forget to check out our Travel Insurance to ensure you have full cover whilst away.
Want to get your Winter Sports fix before then? The X Games in Aspen starts in January.
Also for all you Winter sport festivals and destinations, just click the links!
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