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What to Watch at the Winter Olympics 2018

Posted February 8, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

On 9 February, the 2018 Winter Olympics will officially begin. It will mark 16 days of spectacular snow and ice events and will see athletes from 92 nations descend upon Pyeongchang, a picturesque county in South Korea.

However, the stunning scenery – and the fact that its home to several Buddhist temples – shouldn’t fool you into thinking the Winter Olympics are a serene affair. They’re not. The event has already produced several dramatic twists, including the unification of the women’s North and South Korean ice hockey teams. From day one, you’ll see elite athletes, competing to be the best, in some of the most dangerous sports imaginable.

There will be daily coverage from midnight to lunchtime on BBC One or BBC Two with red button options available. Catch up on the day’s events in the morning or wait for the highlights show on BBC Two every day at 7pm. If you miss the beginning of an event you can also restart on BBC iPlayer, plus there will be a round up every day around 4pm available on demand.



Opening Ceremony
BBC One
9 February 2018 at 11am
The opening ceremony will be held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. It’s the first time South Korea have hosted the Winter Olympics, so they’ll view this as their moment to shine. Details of the opening ceremony are a closely guarded secret, but expect a theatrical performance to rival any West End musical.

stadium



Curling
In 2002, Rhona Martin led Team GB to gold in an epic victory over Switzerland. This time around, Eve Muirhead, Team GB’s current skip, will be pushing her team to better their bronze medal success at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The men’s team – led by Kyle Smith – will also fancy their chances of a medal after becoming the first British men’s team to win a Grand Slam final in their recent tour of Canada.

GB-curling

Medal events

Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Game – Tuesday 13 February
Men’s Gold Medal Game – Saturday 24 February
Women’s Gold Medal Game – Sunday 25 February



Figure Skating
If you’re a fan of Dancing on Ice, you’ll love watching the professionals in action. In 1984, Torvill and Dean won gold for their Bolero but now there is a new generation of athletes dreaming of success.

Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes have won European and international titles, but after a disastrous training injury it looked like their Olympic dream was over. However, they’ve defied the odds to qualify, and now that they’re in Pyeongchang, they’ll be doing everything they can to achieve the unthinkable, one more time.

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Medal events

Team Event Ice Dance Free Dance – Monday 12 February
Pair Skating Free Skating – Thursday 15 February
Men Single Skating Free Skating – Saturday 17 February
Ice Dance Free Dance – Tuesday 20 February
Ladies Single Skating Free Skating – Friday 23 February



Ice Hockey
It’s one of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics. But this year the NHL has banned its players from participating – something which could liven up a tournament which has primarily been won by the US and Canada. With plenty of talent still on show, including former NHL stars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk likely to play for Russia, expect to see plenty of aggression as teams such as Russia and Sweden try and out-muscle their North American rivals.

Russia's Alexander Radulov (L) celebrates a goal by teammate Pavel Datsyuk (not pictured) against Team USA's goalie Jonathan Quick, during the third period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY OLYMPICS) ORG XMIT: OLYK3877

Medal events

Women’s Gold Medal Game – Thursday 22 February
Men’s Gold Medal Game – Sunday 25 February 



Short Track Speed Skating
Elise Christie is one of Team GB’s big hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics. Having achieved so much in short track speed skating, including becoming a ten-time European champion, Elise will be looking to overcome the woes of her last three Winter Olympics, and finally land a medal.

However, it won’t be easy as she competes against home favourite, Shim Suk-Hee, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at Sochi 2014. Not bad for someone who’s only 21 years old.

Short track skating

Medal events

Men’s 1,500m Final A – Saturday 10 February
Ladies’ 500m Final A – Tuesday 13 February
Ladies’ 1,500m Final A – Saturday 17 February
Men’s 1,000m Final A – Saturday 17 February
Ladies’ 3,000m Relay Final A – Tuesday 20 February
Men’s 500m Final A – Thursday 22 February
Ladies’ 1,000m Final A – Thursday 22 February
Men’s 5,000m Relay Final A – Thursday 22 February



Skeleton
The sport which involves sliding head first down an ice track is one of Team GB’s most successful winter events (second only to the United States in the all-time medal table). At the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, Lizzy Yarnold won gold, with Amy Williams doing the same in Vancouver in 2010. If Lizzie Yarnold wins again, she’ll be the first British Winter Olympian to retain her title.

Sochi Winter Olympic Games - Day 7

Medal events

Men Heat 4 – Friday 16 February
Women Heat 4 – Saturday 17 February



Freestyle Skiers
A visually spectacular sport, freestyle skiing sees athletes perform flips, spins, and a host of other incredible aerial acrobatics.

Team GB has a large contingent taking part, but Katie Summerhayes is one to look out for. After finishing 7th in Sochi, and finishing in the top 10 in nine out of the last 10 World Cups, she’ll feel it’s her time for success. Her Sister, Molly, will also be competing in her very first Winter Olympics.

freestyle skiers

Medal events

Ladies’ Moguls Final 3 – Saturday 11 February
Men’s Moguls Final 3 – Monday 12 February
Ladies’ Aerials Final 3 – Friday 16 February
Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle Final Run 3 – Saturday 17 February
Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final Run 3 – Sunday 18 February
Men’s Aerials Final 3 – Sunday 18 February
Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Tuesday 20 February
Men’s Ski Cross Big Final – Wednesday 21 February
Men’s Ski Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Thursday 22 February



Snowboarding
There will be a total of ten snowboarding events taking place in Pyeongchang, including the new ‘Big Air’ event which will see snowboarders ride down a hill and perform tricks as they launch off large jumps.

The big star of the snowboarding world is US two time Olympic gold medallist Shawn White – also known as “The Flying Tomato” because of his long red hair. However, in Sochi, things didn’t go to plan and he failed to reach the podium (coming fourth in his preferred event).

Watch out for the six Brits taking part, including snowboard cross athlete Zoë Gillings-Brier, and young medal hopeful Katie Ormerod.

snowboarding

Medal events

Men’s Slopestyle Final Run 3 – Sunday 11 February
Ladies’ Slopestyle Final Run 3 – Monday 12 February
Ladies’ Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Tuesday 13 February
Men’s Halfpipe Final Run 3 – Wednesday 14 February
Men’s Snowboard Cross Big Final – Thursday 15 February
Ladies’ Snowboard Cross Big Final – Friday 16 February
Ladies’ Big Air Final Run 3 – Friday 23 February
Men’s Big Air Final Run 3 – Saturday 24 February
Ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom Small Final Run 1 – Saturday 24 February
Ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom Big Final Run 1 – Saturday 24 February
Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Small Final Run 1 – Saturday 24 February
Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Big Final Run 1 – Saturday 24 February


 

Full details of the schedule are on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/schedule/2018-02-09

Plus more details on all the events and goings on at the Winter Olympics:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics

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