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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Leah Farinella, Contributor

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On February 8, 2018 the 23rd Winter Olympic ceremonies will begin. As can be expected, the upcoming Olympics will contain the usual variety of cold weather sports. For this year, however, there will be some significant changes.

South Korea will be hosting for the second time in history, but will be holding the events in PyeongChang. This city is in the Taebaek Mountains, about 80 miles east of the 1988 location of the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Another change will be found in regard to the international viewing of the events. For the first time, NBC will be broadcasting the Olympics live in all time zones. The main events will no longer be reserved for prime time television, and devote fans will not be at risk of coming across spoilers before they are able to view the events. Along with the time frame switch, Bob Costas, long time commentator of the Olympics, will be replaced by Mike Tirico. Since 1992, Costas has been face of the Olympics and covered 11 separate games. Although he is stepping down from this particular position, Costas will be filling other roles within NBC.

In addition to the usual events that take place during the winter games, four new ones will make their debut in 2018. These include team alpine skiing, mixed doubles curling, men’s and women’s big air for snowboarding and men’s and women’s mass start for speed skating. With these new events included, there will now be 102 events within the 15 different sports. These events will commence the day after the opening ceremonies, February 9th, and finish in just over two weeks on February 25th.

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