Curious Where The Next Olympic Games Will Be Held? These Three Cities Will Host
While most of us are spending our free time watching the Rio Olympics, these three cities are multitasking—busy preparing for their moment in the limelight. From Winter Olympics to Summer Olympics, these are the three cities that will host the world's top athletes as they compete for the gold in the years to come.
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
Country: South Korea
Olympic Competition Dates: Feb. 9 through Feb. 25
Pyeongchang recently finished its first round of test events—the Alpine World Cup, the Snowboard World Cup and the Freestyle Ski World Cup—and they all won praise from athletes and technical experts alike.
The Ice Arena and several other competition venues are still under construction, but a visit from the Olympics Coordination Commission in March found them all on schedule. On the financial side, everything is fitting into place—with two years still to go PyeongChang 2018 has already achieved almost 70% of its sponsorship goals.
Tokyo Summer Olympics
Olympic Competition Dates: July 24 through Aug. 9
Japan was the first Asian country to host the Olympics, and 56 years later the country is coming back for more. In keeping with the sustainability reforms advocated by the Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing venues as possible. That means many of the 1964 sites will be back in use, but Tokyo National Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, will be completely replaced by a new arena built for the purpose.
Beijing Winter Olympics
Olympic Competition Dates: Feb. 4 through Feb. 20
After hosting the most watched Olympics in history back in 2008, Beijing is looking forward to trying its hand at the Winter Games. Beijing 2022 has three planned games zones: Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. The latter two are tucked away in the Yanshan mountain range and will host the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge and skiing competitions while Beijing holds the opening and closing ceremonies and all ice sports competitions.
Of the 12 proposed venues, six already exist and six will be newly built (though three were already in the works despite the Olympics). Along with the new venues is a planned high-speed railway, which will cut the travel time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou to 50 minutes.