Information about the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET. The games will start on Thursday, Feb. 8 with curling and ski jumping getting underway.

Mike Tirico and Katie Couric will co-host the Opening Ceremony.

PyeongChang is located in South Korea, about 79 miles east of the capital city of Seoul, which hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics. It was announced in 2011 that PyeongChang would host the 2018 Winter Olympics. The city beat out other bids from Munich, Germany and Annecy, France.

NBC is the home of the Olympics and will broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics live across all time zones. Events will be carried on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, and the NBC Sports app. Those in the United Kingdom can watch the Games via BBC on television and online. A more detailed Olympics TV schedule will be coming soon.

A white tiger named Soohorang is the mascot of the this year’s Winter Olympics. The white tiger has been long considered a guardian in Korean history and culture, according to the Games website.
“Sooho,” meaning “protection” in Korean, symbolizes the protection offered to the athletes, spectators and other participants of the Games. “Rang” comes from the middle letter of” Ho-rang-i,” the Korean word for “tiger,” and is also the last letter of “Jeong-seon A-ri-rang,” a traditional folk song of Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang, according to the Games website.