On the 8 of February 2018, the winter olympics will begin. While the games “Opening Ceremony” will take place on Friday, February 9, the first competitive events will happen on February 8. This year, the Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea. This upcoming event will be the first time South Korea has hosted a Winter Olympics. PyeongChang elevation makes it a popular destination for hiking and skiing. Many of the events will be held at Alpensia Sports Park, which is part of the popular Alpensia Resort in the county. 
    The Winter Olympics will feature 15 sports with individual and team events. A number of the sports take place on the slopes: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard. The rest take place on ice: curling, bobsled, figure skating, hockey, luge, short track, skeleton and speed skating. Within the 15 sports, there will be 102 events where athletes will have the chance to earn a gold, silver or bronze medal for their countries. In 2018, six new medaled events were added to the schedule. Those events include a team event for alpine skiing, mixed doubles curling, men’s and women’s big air for snowboarding and men’s and women’s mass start for speed skating.
Representing the U.S. 


1. Alpine Skiing:
Bryce Bennett, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Tommy Ford, Ted Ligety, Megan McJames, Resi Stiegler, Mikaela Shiffrin and  Lindsey VonnBiathlon

2. Biathlon
Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Russel Currier, Sean Doherty, Leif Nordgren, Emily Dreissigacker, Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Maddie Phaneuf, Joanne Reid
Bobsled:
Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Codie Bascue, Nick Cunningham, Chris Fogt, Chris Kinney, Steve Langton, Sam McGuffie,Sam Michener, Justin Olsen, Carlo Valdes, Nathan Weber, Evan Weinstock, Aja Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Jamie Greubel Poser, Elana Meyers Taylor
Cross-Country Skiing:
Erik Bjornsen, Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen
Curling:
Cory Christensen, Aileen Geving, Becca Hamilton, Tabitha Peterson, Nina Spatola Roth, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, Joe Polo and John Shuster
Figure Skating:
Karen Chen, Madison Chock, Madison Hubbell, Mirai Nagasu, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, Bradie Tennell, Evan Bates, Nathan Chen, Zach Donohue, Chris Knierim, Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou and  Maia and Alex Shibutani.
Freestyle Skiing:
Maddie Bowman, Jaelin Kauf, Kiley McKinnon, Morgan Schild, Maggie Voisin and  David Wise
Ice Hockey:
Men: Mark Arcobello, Chad Billins, Jonathon Blum, Will Borgen, Chris Bourque, Bobby Butler, Ryan Donato, Matt Gilroy, Brian Gionta, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Gunderson, Chad Kolarik, David Leggio, Broc Little, Brandon Maxwell, John McCarthy, Brian O’Neill, Garrett Roe, Bobby Sanguinetti, Jim Slater, Ryan Stoa, Troy Terry, Noah Welch and James Wisniewski, Ryan Zapolski
Women: Cayla Barnes, Kacey Bellamy, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Kali Flanagan, Nicole Hensley, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Gigi Marvin, Sidney Morin, Kelly Pannek, Amanda Pelkey, Emily Pfalzer, Alex Rigby, Maddie Rooney, Haley Skarupa and  Lee Stecklein
Long Track Speedskating:
Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson, Mia Manganello, Carlijn Schoutens, Jerica Tandiman, Shani Davis, Jonathan Garcia, Kimani Griffin, Brian Hansen, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia and Mitchell Whitmore
Luge:
Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney, Justin Krewson, Chris Mazder, Taylor Morris, Matt Mortensen, Andrew Sherk, Jayson Terdiman, Tucker West, Erin Hamlin Nordic and
Bryan Fletcher
Short Track Speed Skating:
Maame Biney, Lana Gehring, Jessica Smith, J.R. Celski, Thomas Hong, John Henry Krueger, Ryan Pivirotto and Aaron Tran
Skeleton:
Matt Antoine, John Daly, Katie Uhlaender and Kendall Wesenberg
Ski Jumping:
Michael Glasder and Sarah Hendrickson
Snowboarding:
Jamie Anderson, Faye Gulini, Lindsey Jacobellis, Chris Corning, Ben Ferguson, Red Gerard, Jake Pates, Chloe Kim and Shaun White

    This years mascot is a “Soohorang,” an animated white tiger, is the symbol for the upcoming Olympics. In Korea, the white tiger is known as the country’s “guardian animal,” according to the Olympics’ website.
For future references, the next Winter Olympics, in 2022, will be held in Beijing, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris. Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. The host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics has not yet been determined.