2018 Winter Olympics, numbers and curiosities of the event at PyeongChang

Those of PyeongChang are the 23rd Olympic Winter Games: 17 days of sporting events – 9th to 25th February – in South Korea, exactly 30 years after the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The slogan is “Passion. Connected” and the emblem chosen for the occasion, it symbolizes a world open to everyone: ice and snow together, with sports stars and fans from all over the world who meet in PyeongChang, “where heaven meets the earth”, as the official website of event. In addition to competitions and awards, however, the appointment also has a historical value given that, for the occasion, the relationship between South Korea and the North has partially relaxed. And for this reason, there is already talk of the Olympics of Peace.

From the most anticipated competitions, to the Italian athletes competing, passing through the records and the curiosities of this edition, here’s what you need to know about PyeongChang 2018.
The South Korean city was voted as the venue for this year’s Winter Olympics in July 2011. Here are held the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, and most of the competitions (the specials of Sky Sports). PyeongChang has 44,000 inhabitants and is located in the Taebaek region, 180 kilometers from the capital Seoul. In February, temperatures are harsh, with peaks of up to -20 degrees. To host the delegations 17 buildings were made available for a total of 30.605 rooms. In addition, 130 kilometers of new motorways and 120 kilometers of high-speed railway lines were built to facilitate travel. You move to Jeongseon for speed skiing, while all ice sports are hosted in the coastal town of Gangneung.

The symbol chosen for the event represents a world open to all. The first character of the logo refers to a place where heaven, earth and man are in harmony. The second character, however, is that of snow and ice, but also refers to the stars of sports, ie athletes. Then, to support sportsmen and supporters, there is Soohorang, the mascot of the Winter Olympic Games 2018. Its appearance resembles those of the white tiger that has long been considered the guardian animal of Korea. “Sooho” means “protection” in Korean, while “rang” comes from the middle part of “Ho-rang-i”, ie the Korean word meaning tiger. But it is also the last part of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang”, a traditional folk song from the province of Gangwon, the area where the Games are held.


There are 2,925 athletes called to take part in competitions, from 92 countries. Compete in 15 different disciplines (here the whole program). Up for grabs, 102 gold medals, four more than the Russian edition (Sochi 2014). There are seven disciplines for snow sports with 61 titles at stake (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, biathlon, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding, acrobatic skiing), while there are five disciplines for ice sports with 32 titles at stake (curling, figure skating, hockey, short track, speed skating) and three for the ‘sliding’ disciplines with nine titles up for grabs (bobsleigh, sledges and skeletons). There are 13 Olympic sites, scattered between PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeangseon.

For the opening and closing ceremonies the appointment is at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium which is also used as Medal Plaza during the 17 days of competitions. Built ex-novo in the heart of the Daegwalleyeong district, it has a capacity of 35,000 spectators and a pentagonal plan.

Traditional Olympic truce this year gains special importance: delegations from the two Koreas will march together under one banner and compete as one team. This fact gives hope for a world in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect, as sports also teaches to do. “Olympics, North Korean delegation to the South Italy of the 2018 Winter Olympics: 121 summoned There are 121 athletes Italians called for the Games, 48 ​​of whom are women, for a percentage that is close to 40% (39.66%) The task of representing Italians, as a flag bearer, belongs to Arianna Fontana, the blue queen of the short track.
Our athletes are based at Casa Italia, which is located at Yongpyong golf club, in the heart of the Alpensia Resort, that is in the nerve center of Olympic competitions and ceremonies, unlike the last Olympic editions of Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, this time Casa Italy has only one place.
To be more athletes than ever, it is the autonomous province of Bolzano, with 47 participants in the competitions, as CONI has said, the eldest of the delegation is the snowboarder Roland Fischnaller, with 37 years old last September. While the youngest ever is the jumper Lara Malsiner, born in 2000, which becomes the first “millennial” in the history of Italy to participate in the Olympic Games for Italy: in fact she will be 18 next April.
The Italians compete in 14 of the 15 disciplines planned, that is, all in part in ice hockey. Among the most numerous teams, there are those of alpine skiing, where the athletes are 20 (11 men and 9 women), but also the cross-country skiing team, with 15 blue in the race, and snowboarding, with 14.
A case part, however, is that of the brothers Mark and Karen Chanloung. Double passport – Italian and Thai – in Pyeongchang compete in cross-country skiing for Thailand. The two were born in Aosta and grew up in Gressoney.
To get more chances at the Games, however, the boys wear Thai colors.
With them, to represent the Asian country, also another Italo-Thai: the descendant Nicola Zanon, from Val di Fassa.
Sports curiosities: beginners, veterans and excluded.
Curiosity, participation in the Games of six countries on their debut in a Winter Olympics. They are Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. From the beginners to the veterans: those of PyeongChang, in fact, are the eighth Olympics for Noriaki Kasai, a Japanese ski jumper who becomes, with 45 years and 8 months (he was born on 6 June 1972), the oldest athlete ever to have never competed in the Winter Games. The most nurtured squadron is the United States, with 242 athletes, followed by Canada (226) and Norway to finish the podium with 111.
For South Korea the training is super reinforced with 144 athletes who will test in all 15 program disciplines. These Olympics, however, are orphans of a team that between snow and ice has always been among the first in the medal collection: the official Russian format, in fact, there is not, because of the doping scandal that hit the sport of Moscow. news of the centers against sexual abuse. The new features introduced in the edition of PyeongChang also a measure against sexual abuse.
After the complaints-shock and the case of the gymnasts of the US team molested by Larry Nassar, at the Games athletes and athletes have a counter inside the Olympic Villages to be able to report sexual abuse.
The two settlements destined to athletes, the one on the Gangneung coast and the mountain one of PyeongChang, along with the refreshment area, the coiffeur, the post office will also be protected under this profile by the Safeguarding Office. The South Korean organizers have also announced that during the whole period 110 thousand condoms will be distributed, 10 thousand more than the last two editions.
The danger of NorovirusThe organizers of the Games, however, have a concern: it is linked to Norovirus, a disease transmitted by ‘water and by way of food, highly contagious, which usually continues until April and which manifests itself with gastrointestinal disorders.
On February 7th 86 cases were ascertained, without the involvement of any athlete.
The data was provided by the Director of the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who also made it known that a total of 1,200 people in charge of safety and organization were quarantined.
The hope is to “minimize damage and spread”. Seoul: “North Korea determined to m … The” soft “security system The choice of South Korea in terms of security was that of a” soft “vigilance, without giving the impression that the Olympic sites are armored or militarized.