2018 Winter Olympics: PyeongChang Schedule of Dates, USA and UK TV Coverage

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJanuary 29, 2018

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 27:  The sunset is seen at the Alpensia Resort, venue for the MPC (Main Press Centre) ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on January 27, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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The 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off on Thursday, February 8 with PyeongChang playing host to the 23rd edition of the prestigious competition.

Viewers in the UK and the USA will be able to enjoy comprehensive coverage of the entire Games both through live television and online streaming.

Here are full details of how to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics.

       

Start Date: Thursday, February 8

End Date: Sunday, February 25

Live Stream: BBC Sport (UK),  Eurosport Player (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.), NBCOlympics.com (U.S.)

TV Info: BBC (UK), Eurosport (UK), NBC (U.S.)

       

The 2018 PyeongChang Games will include 15 different sports, including four new disciplines: big air snowboarding, freestyle skiing, mass start speed skating and mixed doubles curling. Here's a look at the start dates of each event.

        

Thursday, Feb. 8

Curling

Ski Jumping

       

Friday, Feb. 9

Opening ceremony

Figure Skating

Freestyle Skiing

       

Saturday, Feb. 10

Biathlon

Cross-country skiing 

Ice Hockey 

Luge

Short-Track Speedskating

Speedskating

Snowboard

         

Thursday, Feb. 15

Skeleton

Freestyle Skiing

          

Sunday, Feb. 18

Bobsleigh

            

Sunday, Feb. 25

Closing Ceremony

        

Overview of Team GB and Team USA 

Team GB has sent its biggest-ever squad to South Korea with 59 athletes having been officially selected to compete in 11 events:

The team will be hoping to bring back medals and have some strong contenders. Lizzie Yarnold is the reigning Olympic skeleton champion, while speed skater Elise Christie is a triple world champion.

On the slopes there are high hopes for James Woods in freestyle skiing, and in the women's event both Izzy Atkin and Katie Summerhayes will be eyeing a podium finish.

KOENIGSSEE, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain reacts after competing at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee during the BMW IBSF World Cup Skeleton on January 19, 2018 in Koenigssee, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Team GB chef de mission Mike Hay said the team can make history in South Korea. Per BBC Sport, he said: "Not only is this the largest team we've ever taken to a Winter Olympics, but I feel it is also the most talented. Given results over the last two years at elite level, there is potential for success across a broader range of sports than ever before, and I'm confident that with this group of athletes we can make history once again."

The team will be hoping to beat their record of four medals from a Winter Olympics, which they equalled last time out at Sochi, bringing home a gold, silver and two bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Team USA have sent 242 athletes to PyeongChang, the largest delegation of any nation in the history of the Winter Olympics, per the U.S. Olympic team's official Twitter account:

The team have medal contenders in a range of disciplines with alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, speedskater Shani Davis and figure skater Nathan Chen all contenders for gold.

There are also five athletes who will be hoping to defend the gold medals they won in Sochi: snowboarder, Jamie Anderson, freestyle skiers Maddie Bowman and David Wise, and alpine skiers Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin.

Team USA brought home 28 medals from the previous Winter Olympics in Sochi, including nine golds, and they will have to go some if they are to surpass that haul in South Korea.

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