The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Pyeongchang, South Korea, to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The other cities who bid were Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France. Pyeongchang failed in its bids for 2010 and 2014, when it lost by three votes to Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and by four votes to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 event.
The capital city of Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Games but has never hosted the Winter Games. The proposed date for the festival of sport to begin is February 9, 2018. Pyeongchang will become the first Asian country other than Japan to host the Winter Games and is hoping to become a world renown winter sports hub.
Why was South Korea Chosen?
Any city that wants to host the Olympics submits its name to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC then for the next ten months investigates the city.
The city must prove that it is big enough and advanced enough to handle the Olympics. With the games come a huge number of tourists, athletes, journalists, and spectators. Korea has a total area of 219,140 square kilometers, or 84,610 square miles. Pyeongchang has a total area of 1,463.65 square kilometers.
Pyeongchang and its surroundings are popular with mountain hikers. In preparation for the 2018 Olympics, Korea will build facilities there including hotels, and an excellent ski resort, named Alpensia.
Located in near the Alpensia resort, The Olympic Park of Hoenggye (or Hoenggae/Hwaengye) will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. The park has a 50,000-seat stadium. Moreover, the Park will include the Medal Plaza, which is an Olympic exhibition hall. One of the main reasons for Pyeongchang’s selection is that the city showed that they can host the games in new stadiums and venues.
Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium is a ski jumping hill in Pyeongchang, which holds a maximum of 26,000 spectators and will be expanded to 60,000 seats.
The Alpensia Sliding Centre will host bobsleigh; luge, and skeleton events and can accommodate 11,000 spectators.
The Gangneung Science Oval will be used for the speed skating competitions and has a capacity of 8000.
Gangneung Indoor Ice Rink is an indoor ice arena which will be the venue for curling and wheelchair curling and has seating capacity of 3,500.
Kwandong University Arena will be one of the venues for Ice Hockey with a seating capacity of 6,000.
Jung bong Alpine Skiing Area will be the venue for the downhill, Super G and combined skiing.
Union Hockey Centre will be the venue for the hockey finals, and its seating capacity is 10,000.
Bokwang Phoenix Park will be the venue for the freestyle skiing and snowboard. It is also one of the locations where the drama Autumn in My Heart was filmed.
There are many other spectacular venues being prepared for the 2018 Olympics.