The Winter Olympics, much awaited event of 2018 came to an end on February 25, 2018. It started on February 9 and for those 17 days, the news of Olympics had never failed to hit headlines in newspapers or stay a major story in news-channels.
This is the 23rd Winter Olympics and South Korea had hosted it. South Korea had lost the bid twice earlier in 2010 and in 2014.
The Olympic torch relay started on 24th October, 2017 from Greece and reached South Korea on November 1, 2017. The relay ended on February 9, 2018 with over 7500 torchbearers representing South Korea’s population of 75 million before the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The event was officially opened by the country’s President Moon Jae-in.
A total of 92 nations participated in the games with 3 countries debuting this year. There were 102 events in 15 sports. 2922 athletes, comprising 1680 men and 1242 women, competed for these medals. This is the first Winter Olympics to have a medal count of 100+. Most of the events took place in Pyeongchang while few in Gangeung.
The joint ice-hockey team of North and South Korea had been in news for a long time and the unification decision amidst the nuclear tensions prevailing between these two nations made many people raise their eyebrows.
Olympic events are never replete without controversies and this 23rd Winter Olympics is not an exception to this fact. The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended by International Olympic Committee because of the doping issues with the country.
There were nearly 12 records set in various events. Norway bagged most number of medals with total of 39 medals followed by Germany with 31 medals. The host nation secured 7th position with total medal count of 17.
The closing ceremony took place at Pyeongchang Olympic stadium on 25th February 2018 with parade of the participating nations and the Olympic flag was handed over to the Mayor of Beijing. Beijing will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.