We are only a few days away from The XXIII Olympic Winter Games where Team Canada will be performing on the big stage for the entire world to see. Are you ready to cheer on the home team? We know we are! The only issue we foresee is the fact that Pyeong Chang is 17 hours ahead!! So unless you need your sleep some of the events might be keeping you up all night.
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from February 9-25, 2018, in Pyeong Chang, Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. This marks the first time the Olympics have been staged in Korea since the Summer Games were hosted in Seoul, in 1988. Japan is the only other Asian country to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games in both 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano).
More than 2,800 athletes from 95 nations are expected to participate in 7 sports, and 15 sport disciplines, between 102 medal events—the most ever contested at an Olympic Winter Games to date. A total of 6 new events—such as snowboard big air (men, women), speed skating mass start (men, women), curling mixed doubles and an alpine skiing team event—have been added to the competition list.
The Paralympic Games will run March 9-18, 2018. More than 670 athletes representing 45 nations are expected to compete in a total of 6 sports and a total of 80 events.
Maclean’s has prepared a “Canadians To Watch” list that we would like to share with you! In the past, Canada’s medal haul has been impressive sitting at a record high of 26 medals, this year we are posed to have yet another stellar games with the hopes of breaking that record.
Alpine Skiing (Super-G): Manny Osborne-Paradis
Bobsleigh: Kaillie Humphries and Justin Kripps
Cross-Country Skiing: Alex Harvey
Figure Skating: Kaetlyn Osmond, Gabrielle Daleman, Patrick Chan, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
Ice Dancing: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Our Official Flag Bearers!)
Freestyle Skiing: Cassie Sharpe
Moguls: Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe
Slopestyle: Dara Howell
Ski Cross: Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa
Long-Track Speed Skating: Ivanie Blondin, Ted-Jan Bloemen, and Denny Morrison
Short-Track Speed Skating: Marianne St-Gelais and Charlet Hamelin
Skeleton: Elisebeth Vathje
Snowboarding: Spencer O’Brien, Max Parrot, and Mark McMorris
Read more on the list here:
You will be able to view your favourite Olympic Events on our TV screens in the Cafeteria and Molly’s Pub, as we will be having them all on Olympic mode for the duration of the games. Check out the official schedule for more details.