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The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is on Friday, February 9.

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 2018: Time, TV channel, watch online

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
24 2022 Beijing, China

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

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