Winter Olympics

Ground to be broken on new Pyeongchang 2018 speed skating rink

By Paul Osborne

Groundbreaking will begin on a new speed skating ice rink next week as preparations push ahead for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games ©Getty ImageConstruction on the speed skating rink for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang is due to begin next week following months of controversy over its redesign.

Beijing 2022 calling on Chinese public to submit ideas for bid slogan

By Nick Butler

Beijing 2022 are calling for the Chinese public to submit proposals for their 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid slogan ©Beijing 2022In an effort to show popular engagement with their effort to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Chinese public are being encouraged to submit ideas for a Beijing 2022 bid slogan.

Lee Joon-ha appointed Pyeongchang 2018 vice-president

By Paul Osborne

Lee Joon-ha has been appointed vice-president of Games operations at the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising CommitteePyeongchang 2018 has announced Lee Joon-ha as vice-president of operations for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics as preparations for the Games continue. 

Kazakhstan to only have to cover a third of costs if Almaty 2022 bid successful, claims Government

By Daniel Etchells

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, holds the Olympic Torch in Almaty ahead of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, fellow bidders for the 2022 Winter Games ©Getty ImagesKazakhstan's Ministry of Culture and Sports has claimed the country would only have to cover a third of all expected expenses should Almaty be chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pyeongchang 2018 Opening and Closing Ceremonies to be held in city after all

By Duncan Mackay

The Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium was originally supposed to be the centrepiece of the Pyeongchang 2018 Ceremonies ©Pyeongchang 2018A decision to move the Pyeongchang 2018 Ceremonies away from the city has been overturned by the South Korean Government, it was announced today. 

Dow Korea hosts Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic flag raising ceremony

By Emily Goddard

Dow Korea has hosted an Olympic flag raising ceremony to celebrate Pyeongchang 2018 ©Pyeongchang 2018/FacebookDow Korea today hosted a special Olympic flag raising ceremony to celebrate the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games.

IOC President visits Almaty 2022 facilities on trip to Kazakhstan

By Duncan Mackay

IOC President has visited some of the facilities that would be used if Almaty wins its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics ©IOCThomas Bach has visited Almaty to tour many of the facilities that would be used if the city's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics is successful.

Putin in Sochi as Hamilton wins inaugural Russian Grand Prix

By Gary Anderson

Lewis Hamilton is congratulated by Vladimir Putin after winning the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi ©Getty ImagesRussian President Vladimir Putin was in Sochi to hand over the winning trophy to Lewis Hamilton after the Briton dominated from start to finish to claim victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix around the city's Olympic Park.

Norwegian officials to meet with IOC to "build bridges" after Oslo 2022 disappointment

By Nick Butler

Norwegian officials will meet with IOC figures to discuss the implications of Oslo's withdrawal ©Getty ImagesA meeting between leading Norwegian officials and representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will take place in order to "build bridges" and learn lessons following the withdrawal of Oslo's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
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