On February 9, 2018, the 23th Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang 2018 will be held. The Winter Olympic Games will be held in Korea for the first time in 30 years after the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. In addition, it is the first Olympics as a winter Olympics. Let's look at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in February 2018.
The 23th Olympic Winter Games will be held for 17 days from 9th to th 25th of February 2018 in PyeongChang, Gang-won Province in Korea. The slogan the Olympic Winter in the Games in PyeongChang is the "Passion. Connected." It refers to a world in which everyone is connected with shared passion for winter sports, a world open to any generation anywhere, anytime and to open new horizons in the continued growth of winter sports. 'Passion' means a very strong feeling, affection and something one is fond of. PyeongChang is a place of global festivals that inspires each other and symbolizes a place where Koreans share their warm affection. It also expresses the Olympic spirit and the warm heartedness of Koreans. 'Connected' means to link, join, combine, bridge, and understand.
Soohorang, the mascot of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 took its motif from white tiger. It has been long considered Korea’s guardian animal. “Sooho”, meaning protection in Korean, symbolizes protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants in the 2018 Games.
Athletes taking part in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 will compete in 102 events in 15 sport disciplines. The Games will be the first Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals. The sports disciplines are divided into three parts by stadium. The snow sports, ice sports and sliding sports. In snow sports, there are Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping and Snowboard. In ice sports, there are Short Track Speed Skating, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey and Curling. In sliding sports, there are Bobsleigh, Luge, and Skeleton. PyeongChang will be the stage for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and most snow sports. Alpine speed events will take place in Jeongseon, and all ice sports will be competed in.
-PyeongChang Winter Olympics and torch relay
The torch relay that we cannot miss when we think Olympics. The origin of the Olympics flame can be traced back to the flame that originally blazed at the altar of Zeus throughout the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. The first torch relay started in the Olympic Games Berlin 1936. Since then, the Olympic Torch Relay and cauldron lighting became an integral part of the protocol that heralds the opening of the Olympic Games. The Olympic flame is kindled by the sun’s rays concentrated through the parabolic mirror of a priestess from the sacred Olympian temple of Hera. Then, the flame travels to the ancient Olympia Stadium in a small ceramic pot that represents the ancient Greek era and is passed to the Olympic torch to the first runner. The Torch journeys across various locations until its arrival to the final destination, the Olympic Stadium of the host city.
The slogan of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic torch relay is "Let Everyone Shine." The torchbearers are 7500 runners. Seventy-five hundreds represents the entire 75 million people residing on the Korean Peninsula. The 2018 support runners will guard the torch and play the role as messengers, sharing moment of the Olympic Torch Relay with the world.
The Olympic torch released on October 8, 2017 has many meanings. The length of torch is 700 mm, which represents 700 meters above the sea level, which is where the host city "PyeongChang" is located. The overall color of torch is white which expresses the Winter Olympics and the motive for shape is a Korea’s traditional white porcelain. Pieces of metal from barbed-wire fence at the DMZ were used to make the torch’s bottom cap, as a gesture to peace. In addition, to maintain the flame under the severe weather, the torch was designed to be weather proofness.