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Here’s what you need to know before the Opening Ceremony

PyeongChang, South Korea. ©iStock | Andrew Jong

The 2018 Winter Games officially kick off Friday, February 9, 2018.

Here’s what you need to know before the Opening Ceremony:

  • It’s South Korea’s first time hosting the Winter Games, although they did host the Summer Games in 1988.
  • It’s going to be cold! Temperatures can drop down into the single digits this time of year!
  • Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of Team USA, designed special coats for the athletes with fabric that heats up with the touch of a button.
  • Tickets to see the Games range anywhere from $17-$800. Hockey and figure skating tickets are the most expensive.
  • 15 sports will be played this year
  • For the first time ever, over 100 events will be featured during the Games.
  • Russia isn’t allowed to compete over its doping controversy, although some Russian athletes are allowed to compete independently.
  • North Korea and South Korea will march together in the opening ceremonies as Unified Korea.
  • Six nations are making their Games debut: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
  • The 2018 Winter Games are the last Games long-time sponsor McDonalds will be a part of.
  • This year’s mascot is a white tiger named Soohorang.

Make sure to tune into Jeff & Jenn as I takes you behind the 2018 Winter Games!

-Ashley Sturm

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