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XXIII Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.svg
Motto Passion. Connected.
Korean: 하나된 열정. (Hanadoen Yeoljeong)
Nations participating 92
Athletes participating 2,952

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, was a sporting event, organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It marked the first time that South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics held in the country since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

These Games featured 102 events in fifteen sports disciplines, making it the first Winter Olympics to surpass 100 medal events. Four new disciplines in existing sports were introduced to the Winter Olympic programme in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.

2,952 athletes from 92 countries competed, including the debut of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.

Official host city

The Games

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics took place at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on 9 February 2018;

Sports

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sports discipline.

Number of athletes by countries

IOC Code Country Athletes
USA  USA 242
CAN  CAN 226
SUI  SUI 169
OAR Olympic flag.svg Olympic Athletes from Russia 168
GER  GER 156
JPN  JPN 124
ITA  ITA 122
KOR  KOR 122
SWE  SWE 116
NOR  NOR 109
FRA  FRA 107
FIN  FIN 106
AUT  AUT 105
CZE  CZE 95
CHN  CHN 81
SLO  SLO 71
POL  POL 62
GBR  GBR 59
SVK  SVK 56
AUS  AUS 51
KAZ  KAZ 46
COR Unification flag of Korea.svg Korea 35
LAT  LAT 34
NED  NED 33
BLR  BLR 33
UKR  UKR 33
ROU  ROU 27
EST  EST 22
BEL  BEL 22
BUL  BUL 21
NZL  NZL 21
CRO  CRO 19
HUN  HUN 19
DEN  DEN 17
ESP  ESP 13
ISR  ISR 10
PRK  PRK 10
BRA  BRA 9
LTU  LTU 9
TUR  TUR 8
CHI  CHI 7
ARG  ARG 7
AND  AND 5
ISL  ISL 5
IRL  IRL 5
BIH  BIH 4
COL  COL 4
GEO  GEO 4
GRE  GRE 4
IRI  IRI 4
MEX  MEX 4
SRB  SRB 4
TPE  TPE 4
THA  THA 4
ARM  ARM 3
JAM  JAM 3
LBN  LBN 3
LIE  LIE 3
MKD  MKD 3
MON  MON 3
MNE  MNE 3
NGR  NGR 3
ALB  ALB 2
BOL  BOL 2
IND  IND 2
KGZ  KGZ 2
MAS  MAS 2
MDA  MDA 2
MGL  MGL 2
MAR  MAR 2
PAK  PAK 2
PHI  PHI 2
POR  POR 2
UZB  UZB 2
AZE  AZE 1
BER  BER 1
CYP  CYP 1
ECU  ECU 1
ERI  ERI 1
GHA  GHA 1
HKG  HKG 1
KEN  KEN 1
KOS Flag of Kosovo.svg KOS 1
LUX  LUX 1
MAD  MAD 1
MLT  MLT 1
PUR  PUR 1
SMR  SMR 1
SGP  SGP 1
RSA  RSA 1
TLS  TLS 1
TGA  TGA 1
TOG  TOG 1
  • Following the doping controversy, the Russian athletes participated as Olympic Athletes from Russia.
  • A unified Korean team consisting of players from both North Korea and South Korea competed in the women's ice hockey tournament. Of the 35 players on the team, 12 were from North Korea and 23 were from South Korea.

Calendar

All dates are Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals EG Exhibition gala CC Closing ceremony
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Olympic Rings Icon.svg Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
Bobsleigh pictogram.svg Bobsleigh 1 1 1 3
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross country skiing 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 12
Curling pictogram.svg Curling 1 1 1 3
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure skating 1 1 1 1 1 EG 5
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 10
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey 1 1 2
Luge pictogram.svg Luge 1 1 1 1 4
Nordic combined pictogram.svg Nordic combined 1 1 1 3
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating 1 1 2 1 3 8
Skeleton pictogram.svg Skeleton 1 1 2
Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping 1 1 1 1 4
Snowboarding pictogram.svg Snowboarding 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 10
Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 14
Daily medal events 5 7 8 8 6 7 5 9 6 3 5 7 8 6 8 4 102
Cumulative total 5 12 20 28 34 41 46 55 61 64 69 76 84 90 98 102
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Medal table

The medal table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If there is still a tie after that, then the nations shared the tied rank and are listed alphabetically.

      Host nation (South Korea)

Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 14 14 11 39
2  Germany (GER) 14 10 7 31
3  Canada (CAN) 11 8 10 29
4  United States (USA) 9 8 6 23
5  Netherlands (NED) 8 6 6 20
6  Sweden (SWE) 7 6 1 14
7  South Korea (KOR) 5 8 4 17
8  Switzerland (SUI) 5 6 4 15
9  France (FRA) 5 4 6 15
10  Austria (AUT) 5 3 6 14
11  Japan (JPN) 4 5 4 13
12  Italy (ITA) 3 2 5 10
13 Olympic flag.svg Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 2 6 9 17
14  Czech Republic (CZE) 2 2 3 7
15  Belarus (BLR) 2 1 0 3
16  China (CHN) 1 6 2 9
17  Slovakia (SVK) 1 2 0 3
18  Finland (FIN) 1 1 4 6
19  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 4 5
20  Poland (POL) 1 0 1 2
21  Hungary (HUN) 1 0 0 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 1 0 0 1
23  Australia (AUS) 0 2 1 3
24  Slovenia (SLO) 0 1 1 2
25  Belgium (BEL) 0 1 0 1
26  Spain (ESP) 0 0 2 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 2 2
28  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 0 1 1
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia (LAT) 0 0 1 1
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein (LIE) 0 0 1 1
Total (30 NOCs) 103 102 102 307

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