South Korea Winter Olympics 2018 Preview
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be the second edition of the Olympics to be held in South Korea, after Seoul hosted the Summer games in 1988. Norway is expected to be the most prolific medal winning country, with Germany and the USA not far behind. The host nation is also expected to feature strongly; many of their best chances will come on the ice, with 19-year-old Choi Min-jeong widely tipped to take out the 1000m and 1500m short track events.
Australia failed to win a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and won three medals overall, but had much better success in the summer Rio Olympic games just two years ago. This season, 51 Australian athletes will head to South Korea, and are expected to return with a better haul. Britteny Cox is the reigning female mogul’s world champion, while Scotty James holds the same title in the snowboarding halfpipe, and these will be two of Australia’s best chances at Olympic glory.
PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Free to Air
Channel Seven will be your go to for all things PyeongChang throughout this exciting event. Seven, alongside supplementary network 7mate, will have the Winter Olympics free to air coverage from 11am AEDT (10am on weekends) until 1:30am AEDT each day. South Korea is just two hours behind Sydney, meaning much of the action will be on at a suitable hour for Australians, and many important events will run through prime time.
Date: February 9-25
Where: PyeongChang, South Korea
Channels: Seven, 7mate
Over 200 hours of coverage will be anchored by well-renowned caller Hamish McLachlan, as well as Edwina Bartholomew, Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson. Making the coverage even more comprehensive, an OlympicsOn7 app can also be downloaded to users of iOS, Android, FetchTV, tvOS, or simply the web. This app provides extra free coverage, or you can pay $19.95 for Premium Access; regardless, the app will provide you with an opportunity to stream the Winter Olympics live and keep up to date with all the action on the go.
Winter Olympics 2018 LIVE on Australian TV
FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY: 11.00am – 12.30am
Cross country skiing: Men’s 15km free
Freestyle skiing: Ladies’ aerials final 3
Skeleton: Men heat 4
Snowboard: Ladies’ snowboard cross big final
Speed skating: Ladies’ 5,000m
SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY: 10.00am – 12.30am
Alpine skiing: Ladies’ Super-G
Biathlon: Women’s 12.5km mass start
Cross country skiing: Ladies’ 4 x 5km relay
Figure skating: Men single skating (free skating)
Freestyle skiing: Ladies’ ski slopestyle final run 3
Short track speed skating: Ladies’ final A; Men’s final A
Skeleton: Women heat 4
Ski jumping: Men’s large hill individual final round
SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY: 10.00am – 12.30am
Alpine skiing: Men’s giant slalom run 2
Biathlon: Men’s 15km mass start
Cross country skiing: Men’s 4 x 10km relay
Freestyle skiing: Men’s slopestyle final 3; Men’s aerials final 3
Speed skating: Ladies’ 500m
MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY: 11.00am – 12.30am
Bobsleigh: 2-man heat 4
Ski jumping: Men’s team final round
Speed skating: Men’s 500m
Live February Sport Streaming and a Free Trial
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Closing Ceremony Live TV Times
Sydney: Sunday, 25 February at 10pm
Melbourne: Sunday, 25 February at 10pm
Brisbane: Sunday, 25 February at 10pm
Hobart: Sunday, 25 February at 10pm
Adelaide: Sunday, 25 February at 9:30pm
Darwin: Sunday, 25 February at 8:30pm
Perth: Sunday, 25 February at 7pm
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Winter Olympics Sports to Watch in Australia
Moguls skiing is perhaps where Australia’s best medal chances lie. Former world champion Britteny Cox had a sensational 2017, and despite starting this year a little slow, is expected to be amongst the medals in this event. For the men, Matt Graham is another strong chance to feature in the medals, though gold will be tough given the dominance of Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury in the sport.
Snowboarding half-pipe will hold a lot of interest for Australians during these Games. Not only is it an entertaining discipline to watch, but one of Australia’s two reigning world champions will be taking part in the half pipe. Scotty James has been pipped for favouritism by some high quality board-riders, but he is still a great chance to feature at the business end of the event. James was the first snowboarder to land a switch backside 1260 in competition, and he will no doubt look to use this strength to impress the judges in PyeongChang.
Aerial skiing has been a favourite event for Australian’s ever since Alisa Camplin famously brought home Australia’s second ever Winter Olympics gold medal in 2002. The female aerial team this year is as strong as ever, with three women in with a chance to take out the event. Lydia Lassila will look to end what has been a sensational career in style, and she will be joined by Danielle Scott and Laura Peel. All three skiers are ranked among the top six chances to win the aerials in PyeongChang. Chances are, at least one of them will be on the podium, and if you’re out and about you can look at streaming the Korea Olympics live.
Snowboard cross is a favourite among viewers at the Winter Olympics, and this year, a number of Australian’s will feature in it. In the men’s event, world number one Alex Pullin will attempt to finally take out an Olympic medal in his third appearance at the Games. He will be joined by youngster Adam Lambert, a 20-year-old coming off a recent silver medal performance at a World Cup event in France. Belle Brockhoff will carry Australian hopes in the female event, though she would be forgiven for showing some signs of rustiness given she only recently returned from an ACL injury.
Snowboarding slopestyle requires athletes to navigate their way down a course stacked with jumps and rails. Tess Coady will be Australia’s sole medal hope in this event, and the whole country will be behind her for one simple reason; she is just 17 years of age. Coady has impressed as a junior, winning two junior world championships, and she will be hoping her skills are advanced enough to hold up in the highest level of competition.RELATED OFFER