PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics : Event Rankings

10winter2 1518181527 560x350The opening ceremonies of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics have come and gone so that means only one thing, the Winter games have officially begun. The biggest highlight of the night was the moment North and South Korea entered the stadium under a unified flag, an incredibly touching moment that will have a massive impact both today and for years to come.

Once the opening ceremonies end, the games begin. The venues are located throughout PyeongChang and include events at Bokwang, Gangneung, PyeongChang, and Jeongseon. Each location has multiple events ranging from curling to ski jumping, but the Gangneung Coastal Cluster is the most popular of them all featuring figure skating, short track speed skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and curling.

104996431 GettyImages 915142178.720x405 560x315Overall, the PyeongChang Olympics will have a total of 102 medal events from 15 different sports. There are some sports that feature just a couple events like ice hockey, which only has two gold medal games, a men’s and woman’s event. The most events in one sport belongs to Speed Skating, which has 14 total events you can win a medal in.

As the games commence this weekend, let’s take a look at the 15 different sports and rank them based on popularity.

15) Nordic Combined

  • Total Events: 3
    • Individul Gunderson NH/10km – February 14th (Gold Medal Final)
    • Individual Gunderson LH/10km – February 20th
    • Team Gunderson LH/4x5km – February 22nd

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14) Cross-Country Skiing

  • Total Events: 12
    • Men 
      • 15km Free – February 16th
      • 15km + 15km Skiathlon – February 11th
      • Sprint Classic – February 13th
      • Team Sprint Free – February 21st
      • 50km Mass Start Classic – February 24th
      • 4x10km Relay – February 18th
    •  Women
      • 10km Free – February 15th
      • 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon – February 10th
      • Sprint Classic – February 13th
      • Team Sprint Free – February 21st
      • 30km Mass Start Classic – February 25th
      • 4x5km Relay – February 17th

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13) Biathlon

  • Total Events: 11
    • Men
      • 20km Individual – February 15th
      • 10km Sprint – February 11th
      • 12.5km Pursuit – February 12th
      • 15km Mass Start – February 18th
      • 4×7.5km Relay – February 23rd
    •  Women
      • 15km Individual- February 14th
      • 7.5km Sprint – February 10th
      • 10km Pursuit – February 12th
      • 12.5km Mass Start – February 17th
      • 4x6km Relay – February 22nd
    • Mixed
      • 2×6 + 2×7.5km Relay – February 20th

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12) Luge

  • Total Events: 4
    • Men
      • Singles – February 11th  (Gold Medal Final)
    •  Women
      • Event – February 13th
    • Mixed
      • Doubles – February 14th
      • Team Relay – February 15th

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11) Curling

  • Total Events: 3
    • Men
      • Event – February 24th
    •  Women
      • Event – February 25th
    • Mixed
      • Mixed Double – February 13th

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10) Skeleton

  • Total Events: 2
    • Men
      • Individual – February 16th
    •  Women
      • Individual – February 17th

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9) Freestyle Skiing

  • Total Events: 10
    • Men
      • Moguls – February 12th
      • Aerials – February 18th
      • Ski Cross – February 21st
      • Ski Halfpipe – February 22nd
      • Ski Slopestyle – February 18th
    •  Women
      • Moguls – February 11th
      • Aerials – February 16th
      • Ski Cross – February 23rd
      • Ski Halfpipe – February 20th
      • Ski Slopestyle – February 17th

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8) Ski Jumping

  • Total Events: 4
    • Men
      • Normal Hill Individual – February 10th
      • Large Hill Individual – February 17th
      • Team – February 19th
    •  Women
      • Normal Hill Individual – February 12th

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7) Speed Skating

  • Total Events: 14
    • Men
      • 500m – February 19th
      • 1,000m – February 23rd
      • 1,500m – February 13th
      • 5,000m – February 11th
      • 10,000m – February 15th
      • Mass Start – February 24th
      • Team Pursuit – February 21st
    •  Women
      • 500m – February 18th
      • 1,000m – February 14th
      • 1,500m – February 12th
      • 3,000m – February 10th
      • 5,000m – February 16th
      • Mass Start – February 24th
      • Team Pursuit – February 21st

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6) Ice Hockey

  • Total Events: 2
    • Men
      • Team Final – February 25th
    • Women
      • Team Final – February 22nd

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Note: Lowered in the rankings substantially due to the lack of NHL participation.

5) Bobsledding

  • Total Events: 3
    • Men
      • 2-Man – February 19th
      • 4-Man – February 25th
    •  Women
      • Woman Final – February 21st

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Thanks to the Disney movie Cool Runnings, the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team, the sport has seen a rise in popularity over the years. It was always exciting to watch but fans never truly understood just how dangerous the sport was until they watched that movie and saw how quickly things can happen when flying downhill in a giant metal box.

4) Alpine Skiing

  • Total Events: 11
    • Men
      • Slalom – February 22nd
      • Downhill – February 11th
      • Super-G – February 15th
      • Giant Slalom – February 18th
      • Alpine Combined – February 13th
    •  Women
      • Slalom – February 14th
      • Downhill – February 21st
      • Super-G – February 17th
      • Giant Slalom – February 12th
      • Alpine Combined – February 23rd
    • Mixed
      • Team Final – February 24th

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The Winter Olympics are not complete without skiing events and the most exciting ski events happen in Alpine Skiing. Alpine Skiing provides viewers with the excitement of downhill skiing that requires athletes to travel at incredible speeds while going around flags or other obstacles. It requires a big set of guts and an amazing talent for skiing.

3) Figure Skating

  • Total Events: 5
    • Men
      • Singles – February 17th
    •  Women
      • Singles – February 23rd
    • Mixed
      • Pairs – February 15th
      • Ice Dance – February 20th
      • Team Event – February 12th

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Figure Skating would be the most popular Winter Olympic sport if only people would admit how much they love watching it. Just like Gymnastics in the Summer Olympics, Figure Skating is a sport that brings in the most fans every four years. People that know nothing about ice skating watch and do their own judging, making it even more exciting.

2) Short Track Speed Skating

  • Total Events: 8
    • Men
      • 500m – February 22nd
      • 1,000m – February 17th
      • 1,500m – February 10th
      • 5,000m Relay – February 22nd
    •  Women
      • 500m – February 13th
      • 1,000m – February 22nd
      • 1,500m – February 17th
      • 3,000m Relay – February 20th

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Since 1988, one of the most exciting Winter Olympic sports has been Short Track Speed Skating. It took the traditional sport of Speed Skating and shortened the track by 4.5 times to make it an amazing mess of super speed and skill. The Olympic Short Track rink requires 4.5 laps to equal one full lap on a Speed Skating rink. It gives anyone an equal shot at winning a medal because anything can, and will, happen during a Short Track race. Just ask Apollo Anton Ohno, a favorite to win multiple Gold medals in 2002 and 2006 but only managed two after multiple trips, slips, and slides that are a part of the game.

1) Snowboarding

  • Total Events: 10
    • Men
      • Parallel Giant Slalom – February 24th
      • Halfpipe – February 14th
      • Snowboard Cross – February 15th
      • Slopestyle – February 11th
      • Big Air – February 24th
    •  Women
      • Parallel Giant Slalom – February 24th
      • Halfpipe – February 13th
      • Snowboard Cross – February 16th
      • Slopestyle – February 12th
      • Big Air – February 23rd

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During the mid 90’s, ESPN introduced us to extreme sports by hosting the first ever X Games in 1995. The X Games focused on summer sports like skateboarding and biking. The popularity of the sport was so high that by 1998, the IOC decided to add snowboarding as an official Olympic event. It has given people from all over the world a chance to compete in a sport that continues to grow in popularity each and every Olympic games.