The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner, and what better way to take in all the amateur sports action than with a viewing party? Learn more about this year’s games and how to make the most of all the events during your stay at InTown Suites.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in the South Korean province of PyeongChang from February 8th to 25th. It’s the first time South Korea has hosted the winter Olympics, having hosted summer games in Seoul in 1988. Ninety-two nations will be competing for 102 medals across 15 disciplines. The mascot for the games is a white tiger named Soohorang. Tigers hold a special place in Korean mythology and culture, and appear in folk tales as a symbol of trust, protection, and strength.
Four new sports will make their debut in PyeongChang in an effort to bring more excitement to the games (as if skeleton wasn’t adrenaline-fueled enough!). Big Air snowboarding, team parallel slalom skiing, mixed doubles curling, and mass start speed skating have been added to the event line up for 2018. While they all sound thrilling, mass start speed skating will bring the push and shove elements of the short track to the big oval, and promises some awesome action on the ice.
How to Watch
Since the games are taking place on the other side of the world, time zones can get a little tricky. South Korea is 14 hours ahead of Eastern time, 15 hours ahead of Central, and 17 hours ahead of Pacific. Luckily, most events will be held at night in PyeongChang, so viewers in all U.S. time zones will have access to live coverage. NBC will be broadcasting the Olympics on TV and will stream events online. If you have a VR device you can get a front row seat to live events, plus video on demand, thanks to NBC’s collaboration with Intel.
Who to Watch
American athletes are ready to storm the podium in PyeongChang. At just 17 years of age, snowboarder Chloe Kim is expected to be a breakout star. She actually qualified for the 2014 Olympics but was deemed too young to compete. Figure skater Nathan Chan is also looking to make his mark at the games. He’s the first male skater ever to land five quadruple jumps in a single performance. And keep your eyes on downhill skier Mikaela Shiffrin—she’s been ranked number one in the world for the last two seasons.
How to See It All at InTown
With flat panel TVs, a premium channel lineup, and high-speed Internet access in all of our extended stay suites, it’s easy to take in all of the Olympic action at InTown suites. Invite friends and family over for a viewing party to cheer on our American heroes, and serve up some game day recipes that can easily be made in your InTown kitchen.
Embrace the spirit of the games at your home away from home. InTown Suites’ extended stay properties offer affordable accommodations in convenient locations.