Smallest host city since 1994

Host city Pyeongchang will host its first-ever Winter Olympic games, and will be the smallest city to do so since the Lillehammer 1994 games in Norway. It was the third time that South Korea had bid to host the games, and Pyeongchang had to fend of rival attempts from Munich and Annecy to win. Located in the Taebaek Mountain region, the city lies 110 miles from Korea's capital Seoul. What's more, it is situated only 40 miles away from a demilitarised zone that lies between North and South Korea.

Welcome to high speed rail

In special preparation for the games, a brand new high speed rail has been constructed to transport fans to and from the event. The track opened in December 2017, and it will reduce the transport time from Seoul by half - now just taking approximately one and a quarter hours. There are also new and expanded highways between Pyeongchang and coastal city Gangneung, meaning getting to the games should be a breeze. And obviously a lot of techonlogical innovations are also on a roll.

New $109 million stadium

You can't have an Olympics without a stadium.

And Pyeongchang have gone all out by

building a brand new 35,000 seater for

spectators to marvel at and enjoy. However,

bizarrely the venue will only be used to

host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Not only that, but it's cost the organisers an eye-watering $109 million to construct and will then be torn down

afterwards. Go figure.

New events

This year, winter sports fans will be treated to a bit more action than usual, with four new events set to be included. The IOC has made some additions to the schedule, with big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating and mixed doubles curling all due to feature. That means a total of 102 events across the 15 sports this time round with qualification round for mixed doubles curling already underway.


The National Hockey League has decided that there players will not be permitted to take part, after failing to agree to a break in their regular season. 1998 was the last time this happened and the decision has not gone down too well with the Professional players. Instead the ice rink will be the stage for amateur players to make a name for themselves and got the fame to come into the notice of the big spending NHL clubs, So we wish those guys the best of luck.

Russian controversy

As ever, it wouldn't be an Olympic Games without a few problems. Following their own admission, Russia will not be competing in this year’s games due to their previous approval of a statewide doping programme. Russian athletes are still permitted to take part, providing they can prove they are clean from any involvement with drugs. 28 bans have recently been overturned, which is in addition to the previous 169 athletes who were cleared to compete.

Those that do will have to do so under a neutral flag however, and will have to abide by a special code of conduct. So come what may, by the end of the tournament the records will still show zero medals for Russia no matter the results.