Countdown: 1 Month until the 2018 Winter Olympics!

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wonderfly

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The Winter Olympics return in 3 months! Consider this a countdown thread (as was done for previous Olympics), to document what's unfolding in the weeks leading up to the start of the games.

Here's a little summary of what to expect.

Location: PyeongChang, South Korea
Dates: February 8th to February 25th, 2018. Technically the opening ceremony is February 9th.

Broadcast: Supposedly (I'll believe it when I see it) all events will be broadcast live. South Korea is 13 hours ahead of New York City (Eastern Time Zone), 14 hours ahead of Chicago (Central Time Zone) and 16 hours ahead of Los Angeles (Pacific Time Zone).

So when it's prime time hours here in America on the East Coast (7 pm to 11 pm) it will be 8 am to 12 am in South Korea. So hopefully they have some good morning events lined up. An evening hockey match in South Korea (like a game that starts at 7 pm local time) would air at 6 am on the East Coast of America. Not ideal...but we'll see how it goes.

In other news, that Russian doping scandal is still hurting the Russians. It looks like the KHL league (the Russian version of the NHL) may withdraw it's players from participating in the games in protest of the sanctions against Russia. I'm kind of surprised Russia isn't talking about pulling out of the Winter Olympics completely (which would be tragic, because the Olympics work best if all the major nations participate).
 

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I've always personally preferred the Winter Games over the Summer ones, though there's one thing that's seriously hampering my anticipation of these Games. Yes, I know that this is going to be the most stereotypically Canadian statement ever, but I'm finding it hard to be excited now that the NHL players are not going to the Games. These will be the first time since 1994 when NHL players didn't go, and I was four months back then. I understand why the NHL doesn't want to go, and I kind of side with them, but the tournament will suffer. Olympic hockey with NHL players is one of the best tournaments you're going to see in all of sports. The level of play is at another level from anything you'd ever see in pretty much any league anywhere. I've seen some of the players that may be going instead of the NHLers and yeah.... it's going to be a rough tournament. At least we still have women's hockey, which is always thrilling to watch. I'm just really going to miss NHLers at the Games, and wish the league would stop trying to shove this World Cup of Hockey thing down our throats.
 

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The Olympics are now less than one month away!

Some quick updates since the last time this thread was active:

Back in December, Russia was banned from sending athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics (due to the doping scandal from the last Winter Olympics.)

And within the last day or so, it's been announced that the North Koreans will march with the South Koreans in the opening ceremony and will participate in some games together. This is not the first time it's occurred, but it's been a few years (maybe 10 years?) since the last occurrence.

And finally, NBC will live stream the opening ceremony. The actual broadcast of the opening ceremony will still be February 9th, Friday evening, at 8 pm EST, but if you wanted to watch it live, you can do so streaming.

From that article:

"South Korea is 14 hours ahead of the East Coast. As a result, the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which will take place at 8 p.m. local time on February 9 at Pyeonchang Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, South Korea, would air live in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the Eastern time zone at 6 a.m. local time.

Instead, NBC will broadcast its traditional curated version of the Opening Ceremony on delay on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific.

What might seem sensible due to the difference in time has actually been somewhat controversial for NBC, as Olympics fans have clamored for a way to watch the Opening Ceremony live for years.

NBC hasn’t aired an Opening Ceremony live since the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and hasn’t aired a summer Opening Ceremony live since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2016, NBC declined to air the Opening Ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro’s Olympics live despite the fact the city is just one hour ahead of the East Coast, which led to numerous complaints about the number of commercials jammed into the broadcast."
Also, I was wondering who was going to do the NBC primetime hosting of the Olympics since Bob Costas was done with Olympics (following the health issues he had in 2014), and Matt Lauer is now gone from NBC. Apparently it's Mike Tirico who is taking over hosting.