Review of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang
The 2018 Winter Olympics were a celebration of athleticism and national pride, just as they have been for more than a century.
We review everything that happened at the 2018 Winter Olympics. That includes facts about the countries involved, the various events, and specific athletes who competed.
Let’s dive in with an overview of the country that hosted and other information about the 2018 Olympics.
Contents of Our 2018 Winter Olympics Review
Overview of the 2018 Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is a county in the Gangwon Province, approximately three hours’ drive from Seoul.
While the opening ceremony took place on Friday, February 9th, the first competitions actually started the day before. The closing ceremony was on February 25th.
Here are some of the facts and figures from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
- There were 102 different events, covering 15 different sports.
- 2,963 athletes competed in the games.
- 91 countries officially participated in the games, not including Russian athletes.
- The estimated cost of the Pyeongchang Olympics was over $12 billion.
- Soohorang and Bandabi were the official mascots of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
- The Paralympics took place on March 9th-18th.
Now that you know some of the basic facts about the 2018 Olympics let’s take a closer look at the country that hosted the competition and the countries that participated.
South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988, but 2018 was the country’s first time hosting the Winter Games.
The city of Pyeongchang had bid for the Olympics in 2010 and 2014. It lost those bids by only three and four votes, respectively.
After losing both of those bids, Pyeongchang didn’t give up. It was announced in July 2011 that Pyeongchang would host the 2018 Olympics, giving them more than six years to get ready.
Preparations for the 2018 Olympics involved creating a high-speed rail system to transport athletes and spectators from Seoul to Pyeongchang, renovating seven venues, and building six new venues.
Here is some information about the venues that hosted Winter Olympic events in Pyeongchang.
|Alpensia Biathalon and Cross-Country Center||7,500||Biathalon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined||Outdoors|
|Alpensia Ski Jumping Center||8,500||Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Big-air Snowboarding||Outdoors|
|Alpensia Sliding Center||7,000||Luge, Bobsleigh, Skeleton||Outdoors|
|Jeongseon Alpine Center||6,500||Alpine Skiing: Downhill, Super-G, Combined||Outdoors|
|Bokwang (Phoenix) Snow Park||18,000||Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding||Outdoors|
|Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium||35,000||Opening and Closing Ceremonies||Outdoors|
|Yongpyong Alpine Center||12,000||Alpine Skiing, Slalom, Giant Slalom||Outdoors|
|Gangneung Curling Center||3,500||Curling||Indoors|
|Gangnueng Hockey Center||10,000||Men’s Hockey||Indoors|
|Gangnueng Ice Arena||12,000||Figiure Skating, Short-Track Speed Skating||Indoors|
|Gangneung Oval||8,000||Speed Skating||Indoors|
|Kwandong Hockey Center||6,000||Women’s Hockey||Indoors|
Many of these venues already existed as part of the Alpensia Resort. It is a popular tourist destination for hiking during the summer and winter sports during the winter.
You might notice that Pyeongchang is sometimes spelled with a capital c. That is because the organizers didn’t want people to confuse Pyeongchang with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
These two cities are less than 200 miles from each other, and their similar spelling makes it easy to get confused. The Olympic organizers used PyeongChang to highlight the difference between the two cities.
2018 Winter Olympic Games Participating Countries
There were officially 91 countries that participated in the 2018 Winter Games. They included Norway, the United States, Canada, and Germany. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Some countries declined to participate, some were not allowed to participate, and others participated for the first time.
We won’t bore you with a list of all the countries, but here are some that are worth noting.
- These three countries declined their invitations: Cayman Islands, Dominica, Peru.
- These six countries participated in the Winter Games for the first time: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore.
- Both North Korea and South Korea sent athletes to the games, but both countries marched under the Korean Unification Flag. They had a combined team for the Women’s Hockey event.
- The NHL chose not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics because the IOC refused to pay for accommodations for players. Therefore, the USA Men’s Hockey team included collegiate players, professionals from the AHL, and players who play professionally in Europe.
The most noticeable absence was players from Russia. That is because Russia was not allowed to participate after a government-supported doping scheme was discovered.
In 2014, Russian athletes earned more medals than any other country. The International Olympic Committee found that the country had been manipulating anti-doping rules for several years.
Without Russian athletes to compete with, Norway, Canada, and Germany all won significantly more medals in the 2018 Games.
Some Russian athletes were allowed to participate as long as they agreed to strict measures to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
These athletes were known as Olympic Athletes from Russia. They marched under the Olympic flag instead of representing the Russian flag.
Despite these precautions, at least one Russian athlete tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Aleksandr Krshelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova gave back their bronze medals in curling because he was caught using meldonium to improve his performance.
While despicable, Russia’s doping scandal pales in comparison to the biggest scandals in Olympic Games history.
2018 Olympic Mascots and Symbols
Each year, the country hosting the Olympics creates a mascot, a brand/emblem, a torch design, and a motto. These symbols celebrate the significance of the Olympic games and the host country’s culture.
Soohorang, the White Tiger, was the official mascot of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. The White Tiger is considered Korea’s guardian animal.
This mascot represented both challenge and protection for the athletes and spectators. That symbolism was present in the mascot’s design and its name.
Sooho means protection in Korean. Rang comes from two Korean words: Ho-rang-i, meaning tiger, and Jeong-seon A-ri-rang, which is a traditional folk song from the Gangwon province.
Bandabi was the official mascot for the 2018 Paralympics. He is an Asiatic Black Bear whose name means “half-moon” and to “celebrate the competition.”
The emblem for the 2018 Winter Olympics comes from Hangul, the written form of the Korean language. Each part of the emblem has a double meaning.
First, these shapes are the first consonants of each syllable of Pyeongchang when written in Hangul.
Second, each character has a symbolic meaning. The first symbol represents harmony between Cheon-ji-in (heaven, earth, and human), and the second symbol represents snow and ice.
Together, these symbols are meant to represent a grand celebration of harmony, athleticism, and unity.
Korean designer Young Se Kim designed the torch for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It had to be intentionally designed to withstand various weather conditions, including strong winds and snowfall.
The Pyeongchang torch was 700 millimeters long (approximately 27.5 inches) to represent the city’s altitude, which is 700 meters above sea level.
It had white and gold coloring and a five-prong flame shape. The shape represented the spirit of sports that transcends differences like race, nationality, religion, and gender to bring unity.
There were five prongs to represent the five continents that participate in the Olympic Games.
According to tradition, the torch was lit in Olympia, Greece. Actress Katerina Lehou had the honor of serving as the high priestess who lit the torch. From there, the relay followed this path.
- The high priestess passed the torch to Apostolos Angelis, a cross-country skier chosen to be the first torchbearer.
- Angelis passed the torch to Park Ji-Sung, the first South Korean torchbearer.
- The torch relay officially began on November 1st, 2017, 100 days before the games began. It began when the torch arrived in the South Korean city of Incheon.
- The relay followed the flame through seventeen different cities that were chosen to highlight South Korea’s culture, technological advancement, and landmarks.
- There were 7,500 torchbearers in the relay. Each city hosted activities to celebrate the Olympic Games.
- Yuna Kim, a figure skater, was the final torchbearer. Her identity was not revealed until the day of the Opening Ceremony, where she used the torch to light the Olympic cauldron.
Sports and Events at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
All of the competitions at the Winter Olympics are sports that take place on ice or snow. 2018 was the first time that the Winter Olympics had more than one hundred medal events.
There were 102 events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. They represented fifteen different sports.
Here is an overview of the fifteen sports and the events in each category. The events with an asterisk are new events that were added for the first time in 2018.
|Sport||Number of Events||Events|
|Alpine Skiing||11||Men’s/Women’s Downhill
Men’s/Women’s Giant Slalom
Men’s/Women’s Super G
|Biathalon||11||Men’s 10 km Sprint
Women’s 7.5 km Sprint
Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit Women’s 10 km Pursuit
Men’s 20 km Individual
Women’s 15 km Individual
Men’s 15 km Mass Start
Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start
Mixed 2×6 km/ 2×7 km Relay
Women’s 4×6 km Relay
Men’s 4×7.5 km Relay
|Cross-Country Skiing||12||Men’s/Women’s Skiathlon
Men’s/Women’s Individual Sprint Classical
Men’s 15 km Freestyle
Women’s 10 km Freestyle
Men’s 4×10 km Relay
Women’s 4×5 km Relay
Men’s/Women’s Team Sprint Freestyle
Men’s 50 km Mass Start Classical
Women’s 30 km Mass Start Classical
|Figure Skating||5||Team Event
|Freestyle Skiing||10||Men’s/Women’s Moguls
Men’s/Women’s Ski Cross
|Ice Hockey||2||Men’s/Women’s Hockey|
|Nordic Combined||3||Men’s Individual Normal Hill 10 km
Men’s Individual Large Hill 10 km
Men’s Team Relay Large Hill 5 km
|Short-track Speed Skating||8||Men’s/Women’s 500 m
Men’s/Women’s 1,000 m
Men’s/Women’s 1,500 m
Men’s 5,000 m Relay
Women’s 3,000 m Relay
|Ski Jumping||4||Men’s/Women’s Individual Normal Hill
Men’s Individual Large Hill
Men’s Team Large Hill
Men’s/Women’s Big Air*
Men’s/Women’s Giant Slalom
|Speed Skating||14||Men’s/Women’s 500 m
Men’s/Women’s 1,000 m
Men’s/Women’s 1,500 m
Men’s/Women’s 5,000 m
Women’s 3,000 m
Men’s 10,000 m
Men’s/Women’s Team Pursuit
Men’s/Women’s Mass Start*
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Now that you know about all the sports that were included let’s go over a few of the most exciting events in each category.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn were the two most noteworthy skiers at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. They are both on the USA Olympic Team.
Shiffrin was 18 when she won the gold medal in slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She came fourth in slalom in 2018, but she won gold in the Giant Slalom event and silver in Combined.
Lindsey Vonn has more World Cup victories than any other female skier in the US and was the first American to win the women’s downhill competition.
She has an impressive overall career, but she did not win gold during the 2018 Olympics. Vonn won the bronze medal in downhill skiing and came sixth in Super G.
Biathlon is a unique sport that combines skiing with target shooting. It is the only winter sport that the USA has never won a medal in.
Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee were Team USA athletes that hoped to change that in Pyeongchang. Both of these athletes won medals during the 2017 World Championships.
Unfortunately, they could not carry that victory into 2018. Dunklee’s best event was the 4×6 relay, where her team came in 13th place. Bailey came in 6th place in the 4×7.5 relay.
The women’s relay was the most exciting biathlon event in the 2018 Winter Games. That is because the countries that performed well during the World Cup did not do as well as anticipated.
Sweden, France, and Germany were the favorites to win the biathlon. However, Poland seemed to come out of nowhere to take the lead during the third round.
But Darya Domrachava from Belarus took the lead during the first shoot of the last round. Thanks to her skilled shooting, Belarus had a twenty-second lead over the other countries.
Belarus came in first to win the gold medal. Sweden and France came in second and third.
Elana Meyers Taylor was the one to watch during the bobsled tournament. She was the first American woman to win a bobsleigh world championship title in 2015.
Her Olympic career before 2018 included a bronze medal in 2010 and silver in 2014. She was hoping to win gold in 2018 with her teammate Lauren Gibbs.
Unfortunately, Germany beat them by just seven milliseconds. Canada and Germany shared the gold medal for the men’s two-man event.
European countries, like Norway and Sweden, consistently have the highest medal counts in cross country skiing events.
In 2018, the USA cross country women’s team gave them a run for their money. Athletes Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall took the gold in the team sprint.
It was the first USA Olympic medal in cross-country skiing since 1924. Sweden came in second place, and Norway was just behind for the bronze medal.
Another exciting event was the men’s 50 km mass start race. Iivo Niskanen from Finland won the gold medal. It was Finland’s first gold medal in this cross country skiing event in 58 years.
John Shuster participated in his fourth Olympic curling event in 2018. He and Joe Polo were both on the 2006 team that won the USA a bronze medal.
It did not look good for Team USA at the beginning of the final heat. They were competing against Sweden, which was the number one team in the world.
Sweden had beat Team USA in five out of six of their last matches. But Team USA was able to pull out a win in the end.
It was the USA’s first medal in curling since 2006 and the second time in Olympic history that Team USA has earned a medal in curling.
Canada was the shining star of figure skating at the 2018 Olympic Games. Team Canada won medals in four out of the five figure skating events, including gold medals in ice dance and team events.
Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue set a record for the total score in the Ice Dance competition. They had a total score of 206.07 points, which earned them their fifth Olympic medal.
After earning the gold medal, the pair announced that they were retiring from the Winter Games after twenty years of skating together.
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won bronze in the pairs skating event, and Katelyn Osmond won bronze in the ladies’ single skating event.
Freestyle skiing was a mixed bag at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with many different countries represented on the podiums.
However, Canada shined, particularly in the ladies’ events. Candian women won silver in moguls, gold and silver in ski cross, and gold in the halfpipe.
Team USA earned bronze in the ladies’ halfpipe. But the men’s halfpipe was even more exciting for the Americans. David Wise won gold, and Alex Ferreira won silver.
It is interesting to note that three American freestyle skiers were hoping to defend their medals in 2018. Gus Kenworthy, Maddie Bowman, and Joss Christensen all won medals in 2014, but they did not win any medals in 2018.
Olympic ice hockey consists of a men’s and women’s tournament. In 2018, there were twelve teams competing in the men’s tournament and eight teams in the women’s tournament.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia won the men’s tournament with a win over Germany. Canada won the bronze medal.
Team USA did not include any NHL players because the league did not allow its players to participate.
Fortunately, the women’s hockey team made up for it, with the USA women’s team taking gold. There had been a rivalry between the women’s teams from the USA and Canada leading up to the games.
That rivalry made the final game between those teams more exciting. They had gone back and forth several times, but the USA won the gold when it mattered most.
Germany was unstoppable in the 2018 Winter Olympics luge competitions. They won six out of twelve medals.
In the doubles competition, Germany won both gold and bronze medals. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt were the gold medal duo. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won bronze.
Johannes Ludwig won the bronze medal in the Men’s singles competition. Austria took home the gold, and Team USA won silver.
Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger won gold and silver in the women’s singles event. Alex Gough from Canada won bronze.
Wendyl, Arlt, Geisenberger, and Ludwig won another medal as the German representatives in the mixed teams’ event. It was a second gold medal for three out of four members of the team.
Another sport that Team Germany absolutely dominated was the Nordic Combined events. The country had a medal sweep in the large hill event.
German athletes Johannes Rydzek, Fabian Riessle, and Eric Frenzel took home gold, silver, and bronze medals in the individual Gunderson large hill 10 km event.
While Frenzel earned the bronze medal on the large hill, he came in first to win the gold medal in the normal hill event.
Vinzenz Geiger joined those three Olympians in the combined team Gunderson Large hill 4×5 km relay. They took home gold in that event as well.
Short-track Speed Skating
China and Korea dominated the short-track speed skating events, but the Netherlands also had a good run.
The host country won gold in the ladies’ 1,500-meter race, the ladies’ 3,000-meter relay, and the men’s 1,500-meter race.
Korea also won silver and bronze in the men’s 500-meter race and bronze in the men’s 1,000-meter.
China won gold in the men’s 500-meter race and silver in the men’s 5,000-meter relay. Jinyu Li was the only woman from China to win a medal when she got the silver medal in the ladies’ 1,500-meter race.
John-Henry Krueger was the only American to win a medal in short-track. He won silver in the men’s 1,000-meter race.
Maame Biney came in 14th and 31st in her events, but she already made history before the race even started. She was the first black woman to qualify for the US Olympic team in short-track speedskating.
There were only six medals given out during the Skeleton events, and Great Britain won half of them!
Dom Parsons won the bronze medal in the men’s competition. Lizzy Yarnold earned the gold, and Laura Deas won bronze in the women’s competition.
Germany, Korea, and an Olympic Athlete from Russia were the other medal finishers in the skeleton races.
Sara Takanashi won the bronze medal in the ladies’ normal hill individual ski jumping event. Her win was the only ski jumping medal that didn’t go to Norway, Germany, or Poland.
The three European countries dominated all of the other ski jumping events.
Norway won the gold medal in the men’s team competition and the ladies’ normal hill individual event.
They also took home both the silver and bronze medals in the men’s normal hill individual events and bronze in the large hill event.
Germany won the silver medal in the team competition and both the men’s large and ladies’ normal hill individual events. They also won gold in the men’s normal hill event.
Poland took home the gold for the men’s large hill event and the bronze medal for the team competition.
Team USA dominated the snowboarding events, taking home seven of the thirty medals.
The standout athlete was seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim. TIME magazine named her one of the 30 most influential teens in 2017 after landing back-to-back 1080s in a competition that year.
She became the youngest athlete to win the gold medal in the halfpipe competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Her score was 98.25, which was ten points more than the nearest competitor.
Jamie Anderson, another woman on the US Olympic Snowboarding team, won gold in the slopestyle competition and silver in the big air event.
Arielle Gold was the last female American snowboarder to win a medal. She earned the bronze medal in the halfpipe competition.
Shaun White won his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe competition. Redmond Gerard won gold in the men’s slopestyle event. Team USA also won silver in the men’s big air event.
The Netherlands was the team to beat in the speed skating competition. They won sixteen out of 42 medals, including a sweep in the ladies’ 3,000-meter race.
However, the ladies of Team Japan certainly gave the Netherlands a run for their money. Japan won the gold medal in the ladies’ team pursuit, along with five other medals.
Team USA had high hopes for the speed skating events, with multiple athletes that had already won Olympic medals in the sport.
Unfortunately, the only medal for Team USA was the bronze medal in the ladies’ team pursuit event.
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Medals by Team
The Netherlands stood out in the speed skating events, Great Britain conquered the skeleton events, and Germany took the luge and Nordic combined events.
But which country won the most medals overall? Here is a list of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games medals by team. This table does not include countries that earned zero medals in 2018.
We have included information about notable events and how many medals each country won in 2014 so that you can see how each team changed.
|Country||Gold||Silver||Bronze||2018 Total||2014 Total||Noteworthy Events or Other Information|
|Norway||14||14||11||39||26||New record for the most medals won by a single country at the Winter Olympics.|
|Germany||14||10||7||31||19||Excelled in luge, Nordic combined, and biathlon events.|
|Canada||11||8||10||29||25||Freestyle Skiing and Figure Skating were Canada’s top categories. Canada sent more athletes to the 2018 games than any other year.|
|United States||9||8||6||23||28||Team USA earned medals in 11 out of 15 sports, more than any other country. They earned the USA’s first gold medals in cross-country skiing and curling.|
|Netherlands||8||6||6||20||24||The Netherlands dominated in both long-track and short-track speed skating.|
|Korea||5||8||4||17||8||North Korea did not participate in the 2014 games.|
|Olympic Athlete from Russia||2||6||9||17||30||Russia was suspended during 2018, so only a few athletes were allowed to participate under strict rules.|
|Switzerland||5||6||4||15||11||Seven of Switzerland’s fifteen medals were in Alpine Skiing events.|
|France||5||4||6||15||15||The biathlon was France’s strongest event, representing one-third of their 2018 medals.|
|Sweden||7||6||1||14||15||Sweden earned six medals in cross-country skiing. Jennie-Lee Burmansson (15) was the youngest Swedish participant at the Winter Games.|
|Austria||5||3||6||14||17||Half of Austria’s 2018 medals were in alpine skiing events.|
|Japan||4||5||4||13||8||Six of Japan’s 2018 medals were in women’s speed skating events. Noriaki Kasai was the first athlete to participate in eight different Winter Olympics.|
|Italy||3||2||5||10||8||Arianna Fontana won three medals in short-track speed skating events.|
|China||1||6||2||9||9||China only participated in 12 sports. They earned three medals in each of their strongest sports: freestyle skiing and short-track speed skating.|
|Czech Republic||2||2||3||7||8||Ester Ledecka was the strongest athlete in the Czech Republic. She won gold medals in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding events.|
|Finland||1||1||4||6||5||Finland won four out of six medals in cross-country skiing events.|
|Great Britain||1||0||4||5||5||Great Britain dominated the skeleton competition.|
|Belarus||2||1||0||3||6||Two out of three of the medals Belarus won in 2018 were in the Biathalon.|
|Slovakia||1||2||0||3||1||All three of Slovakia’s medals were won by Anastasiya Kuzmina in the biathlon.|
|Australia||0||2||1||3||3||Australia won two medals in snowboarding.|
|Poland||1||0||1||2||6||Both of Poland’s medals were in ski jumping events. The Polish team had 62 athletes, which is the largest team the country has ever had for the Winter Olympics.|
|New Zealand||0||0||2||2||0||2018 was New Zealand’s most successful Winter Games performance. Both of the medalists were only 16 years old.|
|Spain||0||0||2||2||0||2018 was Spain’s most successful Winter Olympics performance.|
|Hungary||1||0||0||1||0||Team Hungary won the 5,000-meter relay in short-track speed skating.|
|Belgium||0||1||0||1||0||Bart Swings won Belgium’s first Winter Olympic medal since 1998.|
|Liechtenstein||0||0||1||1||0||Tina Weirather won Liechtenstein’s first Winter Olympic medal since 1988.|
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Broken Records at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
When you gather the world’s greatest athletes in one place, they tend to push the limits. That is why there are almost always records broken at the Olympics.
During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, several world and Olympic records were broken in figure skating, ice hockey, and speed skating.
Here is an overview of the records broken during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. In some cases, records were broken multiple times, so we only included the best for each event.
|Evgenia Medvedeva||Figure Skating||Team Event- Short Program||81.06 points||Olympic Athletes from Russia|
|Figure Skating||Pair Skating- Free Skating||159.31 points||Germany|
|Figure Skating||Ice Dance- Short Dance||83.67 points||Canada|
|Figure Skating||Ice Dance- Total Score||206.07 points||Canada|
|Figure Skating||Ice Dance- Free Dance||123.35 points||France|
|Alina Zagitova||Figure Skating||Ladies’ Singles- Short Program||82.92||Olympic Athletes from Russia|
|Jocelyne Lamoureux||Ice Hockey||Preliminary Game||Scored Two Goals Six Seconds Apart||USA|
|Susanna Tapani||Ice Hockey||Preliminary Game||Scored a goal ten seconds into the second period||Finland|
|Wu Dajing||Short-track Speed Skating||Men’s 500-meter- Final A||39.584 seconds – Beating his own world record and Olympic record||China|
|Charles Hamelin||Short-track Speed Skating||Men’s 1,000-meter- Heat 5||1:23.407 – Olympic record||Canada|
|Lim Hyo-jun||Short-track Speed Skating||Men’s 1,500-meter-Final A||2:10.485 – Olympic record||South Korea|
Shaolin Sandor Liu
|Short-track Speed Skating||Men’s 5,000-meter relay- Final A||6:31.971 – Olympic Record & beating the OR set by South Korea during the semifinal||Hungary|
|Choi Min-Jeong||Short-track Speed Skating||Women’s 500-meter- Semifinal||42.422 – Olympic record||South Korea|
Jorien ter Mors
Lara van Ruijven
Yara van Kerkhof
|Short-track Speed Skating||Women’s 3,000-meter relay- Final B||4:03.471 – Olympic record & World record||The Netherlands|
|Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen||Speed Skating||Men’s 500-meter: Pair 16||34.41 – Olympic record||Norway|
|Sven Kramer||Speed Skating||Men’s 5,000-meter: Pair 10||6:09.76 – Olympic record||The Netherlands|
|Ted-Jan Bloemen||Speed Skating||Men’s 10,000-meter: Pair 5||12:39.77 – Olympic record||Canada|
Simen Spieler Nilsen
Sverre Lunde Pedersen
|Speed Skating||Men’s Team Pursuit: Semifinal 2||3:37.08 – Olympic record & World’s best (sea level)||Norway|
|Nao Kodaira||Speed Skating||Women’s 500-meter: Pair 14||36.94 – Olympic record & World’s best (sea level)||Japan|
|Jorien ter Mors||Speed Skating||Women’s 1,000-meter: Pair 12||1:13.56 – Olympic record & World’s best (sea level)||The Netherlands|
|Speed Skating||Women’s Team Pursuit||2:53.89 – Olympic record & World’s best (sea level)||Japan|
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Betting on the 2018 Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang were the first Winter Olympics in recent history that bettors in Nevada could bet on the Winter Games.
That is because Nevada changed its sports betting legislation to include Olympic betting in 2016. However, events that involve subjective judgment, such as figure skating, could not be bet on.
Nevada was the only state to offer legal in-person betting on the 2018 Olympics. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court repealed PASPA three months too late for other states to get in on the action.
Throughout 2018, Nevada collected $301 million in sports betting revenue. Gamblers placed $5.01 billion worth of sports bets that year. It was a record-breaking year for sports betting.
Some of that increased revenue was because of the increased national focus on sports betting. However, the ability to bet on the Winter Olympics for the first time in several decades was another crucial factor.
There are several different ways to bet on the Olympics. For example, you can bet on specific athletes, the medal counts for various countries, or Olympic prop bets on particular events.
Check out these resources for more information on betting on the Olympics.