The 2018 Winter Olympics officially begin with the traditional Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9. Find the Opening Ceremony time, TV channel and watch online information below.
Online coverage of the ceremony can be watched live. But the opening ceremony won’t be shown on TV until Friday night ET.
Winter Olympics 2018: Opening Ceremony time
The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony starts at 6 a.m. ET on Friday, February 9.
Winter Olympics 2018: Opening Ceremony TV channel
The Opening Ceremony won’t be shown on NBC until 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the opening ceremony goes until 11 p.m.
Winter Olympics 2018: Watch online, stream for Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics can be watched live online starting at 6 a.m. ET, though it will be “natural sound only.” There will not be any commentary until NBC airs the ceremony on tape-delay at 8 p.m.
Winter Olympics 2018: Schedule
The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officially start with the opening ceremony on Friday, February 9 and continue through the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 25. However, event competition actually starts on late Wednesday night ET on February 7.
Winter Olympics 2018: Sports, events
- Alpine skiing (11 medal events)
- Biathlon (11)
- Bobsleigh (3)
- Cross-country skiing (12)
- Curling (3)
- Figure skating (5)
- Freestyle skiing (10)
- Ice hockey (2)
- Luge (4)
- Nordic combined (3)
- Short track speed skating (8)
- Skeleton (2)
- Ski jumping (4)
- Snowboarding (10)
- Speed skating (14)
Winter Olympics 2018: Nations, participants
A total of 92 nations are expected to compete in South Korea, which would be a record. For comparison, 88 nations competed in Sochi in Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics. For 2018, more than 2,900 athletes are participating.
Six countries will be making their Winter Olympic debuts in South Korea: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
There are 102 events in 15 sports for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
These Olympics are the second time South Korea will be a host. South Korea previously hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. For 2018, Pyeongchang beat out Munich, Germany and Annecy, France. It’s first Asian city to host the Winter Olympics since Nagano, Japan in 1998.
Winter Olympics: History
|Games No.||Year||Host||Competing nations||Most medals|
|1||1924||Chamonix, France||16||Norway (17)|
|2||1928||St. Moritz, Switzerland||25||Norway (15)|
|3||1932||Lake Placid, USA||17||USA (12)|
|4||1936||Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany||28||Norway (15)|
|5||1948||St. Moritz, Switzerland||28||Norway, Sweden, Switzerland (10)|
|6||1952||Oslo, Norway||30||Norway (16)|
|7||1956||Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy||32||USSR (16)|
|8||1960||Squaw Valley, USA||30||USSR (21)|
|9||1964||Innsbruck, Austria||36||USSR (25)|
|10||1968||Grenoble, France||37||USSR (14)|
|11||1972||Sapporo, Japan||35||USSR (16)|
|12||1976||Innsbruck, Austria||37||USSR (27)|
|13||1980||Lake Placid, USA||37||East Germany (23)|
|14||1985||Sarajevo, Yugoslavia||49||USSR (25)|
|15||1988||Calgary, Canada||57||USSR (29)|
|16||1992||Albertville, France||64||Germany (26)|
|17||1994||Lillehammer, Norway||67||Norway (26)|
|18||1998||Nagano, Japan||72||Germany (29)|
|19||2002||Salt Lake City, USA||78||Germany (36)|
|20||2006||Turin, Italy||80||Germany (29)|
|21||2010||Vancouver, Canada||82||USA (37)|
|22||2014||Sochi, Russia||88||Russia (29)|
|23||2018||Pyeongchang, South Korea||92|
Winter Olympics 2018: Venues
Pyeongchang (Mountain cluster)
- Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium: Opening and closing ceremonies
- Alpensia Ski Jumping Center: Ski jumping, Nordic combined, snowboarding (big air)
- Alpensia Biathlon Centre: Biathlon
- Alpensia Cross-Country Centre: Cross-country skiing, Nordic combined
- Alpensia Sliding Centre: Luge, bobsleigh, skeleton
- Olympic Village
- Yongpyong Alpine Center: Alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom)
- Bokwang Phoenix Park: Freestyle skiing and snowboard
- Jeongseon Alpine Centre: Alpine skiing (downhill, super-G, combined)
Gangneung (Coastal cluster)
- Gangneung Hockey Centre: Ice hockey-men’s
- Gangneung Curling Centre: Curling
- Gangneung Oval: Speed skating
- Gangneung Ice Arena: Short track speed skating, figure skating
- Kwandong Hockey Centre: Ice hockey-women’s