2018 Olympics: Winter Games' Dates, Logo, Location and Schedule

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2016

Mascots for South Korea's 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a white tiger named 'Soohorang' (L) and an Asiatic black bear named 'Bandabi' (R), stand on a stage during the mascots' first public staging event at Hoenggye elementary school in Pyeongchang, about 150 kms east of Seoul, on July  18, 2016.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee announced a nationwide mascot promotion tour, plus a tour to the Rio Games for more active international promotion as well as a reach to major cities and festivals in South Korea. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Soon the Olympic spotlight will shift from the bright lights of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the resort town of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Russia led the way with 33 total medals during the 2014 Games in Sochi. It was followed closely by the United States (28 medals) and Norway (26 medals) in a hotly contested edition of the worldwide sports showcase. South Korea will look to improve on an eight-medal showing on home turf.

Let's check out all of the important details for the next version of the Olympics, which are now less than 18 months away. That's followed by a look a couple key storylines to follow during the wait.

          

Key Information

Location: Pyeongchang, South Korea

Dates: February 9—February 25, 2018

Schedule: Projected Calendar (PDF File)

U.S. TV: NBC Universal

         

Event Logo

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  A Dancer performs during the Pyeongchang 2018 presentation as part of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Top Storylines

Continued Fallout From Russian Doping Scandal

Although the International Olympic Committee opted against banning all Russian athletes from competing in Rio, the story is far from over after a World Anti-Doping Agency report highlighted the alleged state-sponsored doping scandal, per Eoghan Macguire of CNN.

The report noted WADA's findings show Russia's security services tampered with testing results from both summer and winter athletes. A study commissioned by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren showed evidence of manipulated test results from 2011 through last August.

In turn, Sean Ingle of the Guardian reported the IOC is planning to retest all samples provided by Russian athletes during the 2014 Games in Sochi.

So it's possible Russia could see further bans for the 2018 Games and beyond depending on the findings of the continuing investigation. It's unclear when any final decisions will be made about the participation of athletes in Pyeongchang, though.

                        

Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White Seek Return To Dominance

On the American sports landscape, two marquee names are expected to compete in Pyeongchang with an eye on reclaiming their spots atop their respective sports.

Vonn has dealt with consistent knee problems in recent years and one of those setbacks forced her to miss the 2014 Winter Olympics. She's returned to enjoy plenty of success at the World Cup level, but another chance at Olympic glory is still a year-and-a-half away.

The 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist told Andy Charles of Sky Sports time is probably running out because of her injury history, but she still has a couple goals in mind.

"The goal is definitely to make it to the next Olympics in South Korea in 2018, so that's two more seasons," Vonn said. "But I'm really hoping for three seasons, and I'll tell you why—it's because, in my final season, I would like to race against the men in one race."

Meanwhile, White was present in Sochi, but he looked nothing like the unstoppable halfpipe force he was during the prime of his career. He finished off the podium in fourth place after claiming gold in the event in both 2006 and 2010.

He confirmed to Access Hollywood in February that he's aiming for another shot at gold and believes experience is now on his side after the disappointment in 2014.

"It seems easier now, just because I'm more focused," White said. "I'm more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and how to practice more consistently."

Vonn's absence and White's inability to secure a podium finish were two of the numerous reasons the United States didn't win the overall medal count in Sochi. Getting them back at the top of their games would go a long way for the Americans emerging as champions in Pyeongchang.

                                

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