THE 2018 WINTER GAMES: JUST CHILL
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.