The Winter Olympics are kicking off tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea and Americans are gearing up to cheer for Team USA, who will represent the country with the largest number of athletes in the history of the Winter Games.
How can you watch the games? What sports are on the roster? Check out this handy little guide to find out.
Where are the 2018 Winter Olympics taking place?
In South Korea. Specifically, in Pyeongchang, which is located about 100 miles from Seoul, the country's capital, and was actually home to the 1988 Summer Olympics. Fun fact: a new speed rail built for the Olympics can take travelers from Seoul to Pyeongchang in a mere 69 minutes.
When are the games kicking off?
Tomorrow, February 8. They're happening all the way through February 25. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 9 at 6am EST (remember the time change). It will be replayed at 8pm that same night. Speaking of time change, here is a breakdown:
Pacific time: 17 hours behind Pyeongchang
Mountain time: 16 hours behind Pyeongchang
Central time: 15 hours behind Pyeongchang
Easter time: 14 hours behind Pyeongchang
Where can I watch all the events?
You've got a few options:
- On the NBC website and the NBC Sports app. NBC has the U.S. rights to broadcast the next seven Olympics, through 2032.
- On TV. NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the USA Network will all be covering the various events.
What sports are part of the Winter Games?
- Alpine skiing
- Biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle shooting)
- Cross-country skiing
- Figure skating
- Freestyle skiing
- Ice hockey
- Nordic combined (cross-country skiing and ski jumping)
- Short track speedskating
- Skeleton sledding
- Ski jumping
Tell me more about Team USA.
- Expect 242 athletes on the U.S. team—which is a record for any country in the Winter Olympics.
- There are only six athletes who have won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Two of them are American: Lauryn Williams and Eddie Eagan. In total, team USA has won 284 Winter medals throughout Olympic history.
Any other fun facts I should be aware of?
Yes. The estimated cost of hosting the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is $13 billion—four times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were the most expensive ever.