THE 2018 WIN­TER GAMES: JUST CHILL

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Should the Korean Penin­sula still ex­ist, South Korea will host the 2018 Win­ter Olympic Games at PyeongChang in Fe­bru­ary. There will be 102 gold medals de­cided in what prom­ises to be the cold­est Win­ter Games for some time – PyeongChang reg­u­larly dips be­low mi­nus­5C in Fe­bru­ary, quite a change from the com­pa­ra­bly balmy con­di­tions en­joyed in Sochi and Van­cou­ver. Rain and storms can also prove a cli­matic prob­lem in Fe­bru­ary. And that’s be­fore Games or­gan­is­ers worry about the nutty lad and his nu­clear mis­siles across the bor­der in North Korea.

PyeongChang marks the start of a six­year pe­riod in which Asia is the epi­cen­tre of Olympic ac­tiv­ity. Tokyo will host the Sum­mer Games in 2020, with Bei­jing cre­at­ing his­tory when it hosts the 2022 Win­ter Games, be­com­ing the first city to wel­come

both a Sum­mer and Win­ter Games.

Australia has won medals at six con­sec­u­tive Win­ter Games, and will like its chances in a num­ber of events. Freestyle ski­ing and snow­board­ing will be the fo­cus of much of the medal-re­lated me­dia blitz. Australia boasts cur­rent world cham­pi­ons in snow­boarder Scotty James (men’s half­pipe) and freestyle skier Britt Cox (women’s moguls). Aerial ski­ing stocks are soar­ing, with the age-de­fy­ing Ly­dia Las­sila and 2014 sil­ver-medal­list David Mor­ris among the stars aim­ing to land – safely, please – in PyeongChang.

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