As I’ve said many times, I am obsessed with the Olympics. If you, too, are an Olympics super-fan, you are in the right place! Map 257 shows the various event locations of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Map 78 was the version from 2016’s Summer Games in Rio if you’re interested. There are four separate areas where events are taking place; the PyeongChang Alpensia Cluster, the Gangneung Coastal Cluster, the Bokwang Phoenix Park, and the Jeongseon Jungbong. The last of those only hosts some of the Alpine Skiing events. The Phoenix Park has the Freestyle and Snowboarding events where Chloe Kim nailed Gold at just 17 years old in the Women’s Halfpipe.
The main two areas host everything else, including the opening and closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. The Alpensia Cluster is the place to be for Ski Jumping, Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon (Cross-Country Skiing with rifles!), Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton, and some of the Alpine Skiing. The Coastal Cluster, which looks much more temperate on TV with no snow on the ground, has the indoor ice rink events like Speed Skating (Short Track and Long Track), Figure Skating, Hockey, and Curling.
I watch all the events (I even have a spreadsheet to track which ones I’ve seen including if the medals were awarded) but some of my favorites are Snowboarding (Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Snow-cross), Skiing (especially the Moguls, Aerials, Slopestyle, and Ski-cross), Curling, and Bobsled. I’ve seen more Biathlon and Cross-Country than in years past and I’m really enjoyed that as well. So far, roughly half way through the games I haven’t seen nearly enough Speed Skating to meet my needs and with several of the Alpine events getting delayed due to high winds I need to catch up on those as well.
Do you have a favorite moment so far from these Winter Games? Let me know in the comments below! My favorite moment so far is probably when Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson of the American Women’s Hockey team scored two goals just six seconds apart setting a new Olympic record en-route to beating the Russians 5-0!
Map 258 is of the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Course. I know the title in the middle of the image is annoying but I chose this image for two reasons. I couldn’t find a clean one and the source website is a beautiful 3D experience that takes viewers through each version of the course (there are many length course within the overall course). Please click on through to the site and check out the different courses. The longest race for an Olympic medal is 30km. Can you imagine skiing that distance? I don’t think I could even cross-country ski from my house to the grocery store one very flat mile away!
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There is so much great Olympic content to watch. I’m currently watching Women’s Freestyle Skiing Aerials, Men’s Curling (USA vs. Italy), and Men’s Hockey (Switzerland vs. Canada). These events are all from the past couple days since I am a bit behind trying to frantically watch everything on DVR. What are you watching? Let’s chat Olympics in the comments below!
Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: A Random Freestyle Skiing Venue Map that I found online