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2018 Winter Olympics: Sporting events, opening ceremony details, schedule and all you need to know

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2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has finally arrived! But what is interesting is that the two countries that are on a permanent nuclear stand-off, South Korea and North Korea, for the first time will be represented as one nation. It is the XXIII Winter Olympics and will be held from February 9 to February 25. The Games which will hand out the most number of medals in the history of the Winter Olympics, will feature sports and disciplines such as figure skating, luge, alpine skiing, ice hockey, curling and snowboarding.

Interesting to note, it is the second time that the Olympics will be held in the Asian country after Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games.

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The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, February 9. The opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics begins at 4.30 PM in India. The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The site of the opening ceremony was built specifically for the purpose of the Winter Olympics. It can accommodate 35,000 people. No Olympic or Paralympic events will be held at the stadium and it will only be used for the purpose of opening and closing ceremonies.

In total, 92 teams (91 nations and Olympic Athletes from Russia) will take part in the opening ceremony. The names will be announced in French, then English and finally Korean. Teams will enter in alphabetical order in accordance with their name in Korean. As per that, India will be 61st to enter the Stadium. It is still not publicly announced who will carry India’s national flag.

The Opening Ceremony or any part of the 2018 Winter Olympics will, unfortunately, not be aired in India on TV. None of the sports TV channels or their digital properties will air the Games live. However, Reliance Jio’s live television app Jio TV will live stream the games across India as it is the official digital broadcasting partner for Winter Olympics in India.

Here is the full schedule of the Pyeongchang Olympics 2018:

Day -1 – Thursday, February 8
Events: Curling, ski jumping, alpine skiing training runs

Day 0 – Friday, February 9
Events: Opening ceremony, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing,

Day 1 – Saturday, February 10
Events: Biathlon, Cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey, luge, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 2 – Sunday, February 11
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 3 – Monday, February 12
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 4 – Tuesday, February 13
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 5 – Wednesday, February 14
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, Nordic combined, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 6 – Thursday, February 15
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, skeleton, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 7 – Friday, February 16
Events: Cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 8 – Saturday, February 17
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping

Day 9 – Sunday, February 18
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, speed skating

Day 10 – Monday, February 19
Events: Bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, ski jumping, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 11 – Tuesday, February 20
Events: Biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating

Day 12 – Wednesday, February 21
Events: Alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 13 – Thursday, February 22
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, curling, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 14 – Friday, February 23
Events: Alpine skiing, biathlon, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 15 – Saturday, February 24
Events: Alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey, snowboarding, speed skating

Day 16 – Sunday, February 25
Events: Closing ceremony, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey

 

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