To view the sports competition schedule for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games please click the link below:

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There will be six new medal events at PyeongChang 2018: Snowboard Big Air (M/W), Speed Skating Mass Start (M/W), Curling Mixed Doubles and the Alpine Team Event. This makes the total gold medal events 102 – making it the largest number of events ever at an Olympic Winter Games.

The process of compiling the schedule for all these sports began back in 2013 together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), all the International Federations concerned, and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS).

LEE Hee-Beom, President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee (POCOG) said: “The countdown to the Olympic Winter Games continues, and now, with the launch of the competition schedule, the excitement and anticipation for everyone involved is really building up.

“Spectators can now see which sports will take place on which day, and the specific times for each session. This will help in the planning of their Olympic journey and give them the opportunity to buy tickets for a range of sports in one day, so as to make the most of their visit to PyeongChang 2018.”


After a month's hiatus, Irish short track speed skaters Ryan McAnuff (22) and Sean McAnuff (20) are back on the Audi International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating circuit this week in the qualification process to secure berths for Ireland at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.


The brothers began their Olympic qualifying campaign late September in Budapest, Hungary and raced the following week in Dordrecht, Netherlands. November sees them take on back-to-back World Cups in Asia - the first of which is in Shanghai, China (9-12 November).  They will race against athletes from 40 countries over three disciplines - 500 metres, 1000 metres and 1500 metres. The final World Cup meet will be in Seoul, Republic of Korea (16-19 November). Skaters will earn points for each distance they race at the four World Cups with their three best results counting towards their qualification ranking. The top ranked 32 skaters in the 500 and 1000 metres and 36 skaters in the 1500 metres will book their places in PyeongChang. A maximum total of 60 skaters across all distances will qualify for the Olympics.


In 2016, the brothers became the first Irish short track speed skaters to compete on the international circuit. Ryan represented Ireland at the 2017 European Championships in Italy and the 2017 World Championships in the Netherlands, while Sean flew the tricolour at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Austria all for the first time. During the summer of 2017, they moved from Canada to the Netherlands to train full-time with the Dutch national team.


You can follow the McAnuffs' progress in China via the Ice Skating Association of Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts and, on 11 and 12 November, via the ISU Skating Channel.


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NINE Irish snowsport athletes are hoping to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 9-25.

The nine Winter Olympic hopefuls were in Dublin recently for an Athlete Workshop organised by the Olympic Council of Ireland in conjunction with the Sport Ireland Institute. The athletes were taken through all aspects of what it is like to compete at a Winter Olympic Games, which included preparing for the Olympic experience, Korean culture, anti-doping procedures as well as the medical support available at the Games.

The OCI has supported five of Ireland’s eligible Winter Olympic hopefuls through the Olympic Scholarship run in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee. The five athletes who received scholarships in the run up to the PyeongChang games are Tess Arbez, Patrick McMillan, Kieran Norris (all Alpine Ski), Kieran O’Connor (Snowboarder) and Brendan Doyle (Skeleton). Each of the scholarship students received grants of €17,000 plus an additional €4,700 to assist with transport costs to Olympic qualification competitions.

President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Sarah Keane said: “I am delighted that for the first time we have 6 athletes who have achieved the necessary qualification standard to be eligible for selection to represent Ireland at the Winter Olympic Games. The commitment and dedication shown by these athletes to represent Ireland is phenomenal particularly, given the challenge some of their sports face in terms of profile and support in this country where the tradition of high performance in Winter Sports is still very much developing.  We wish all the athletes the best of luck over the next few months in what is a key time for both competition and preparation with every performance likely to impact on their prospect of fulfilling their dream of representing Ireland at an Olympic Games.” 

Their disciplines vary hugely from downhill, cross-country, slope-style and half-pipe skiers to snowboarder Seamus O’Connor, the only one who competed in Sochi. We will be bringing you profiles of them and updates on their progress in the coming months but one for the future definitely is the youngest: alpine skier Emma Ryan (17), from near Boston. Still a schoolgirl she has finished in the top 10 in the US Junior Nationals in slalom and giant slalom and has extremely deep Irish roots. Her mum is from Keadue, Co Roscommon, her dad is from Ludford, near Dundrum in Dublin and she regularly returns to visit her three grandparents.

“When I was younger we were over here most Christmases but now it’s every other summer because I’m so busy with school and skiing,” Emma explained.

“My relatives here will be very excited when I compete for Ireland. The area I’m from in Massachusetts there’s loads of Irish names so people don’t notice, but when I go out West or to competitions people always see my name and ask if I’m Irish."

Ireland’s Winter Olympic hopefuls are now returning to their training and competition schedules with the sole focus of achieving the necessary qualification standards and crucial world ranking points prior to the January 24th cut off. The OCI will confirm selection of the successful athletes to represent Ireland at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang shortly thereafter.

Ireland’s Winter Olympians qualified and aspiring will gather at the Sport Ireland Institute on October 9th for an athlete workshop. For the first time ever Ireland have so far four athletes on “A” standard times.

Tess Arbez and Pat McMillan will compete in the Alpine Ski, Thomas Westgard in the Cross Country and John Brown in the Free Ski Slopestyle. Ireland’s Brendan Newby and Seamus O’Connor both have A standard qualifying performances but have yet to qualify in their events namely, Free ski Half-pipe and Snowboard Half-pipe respectively.

There are an additional three athletes all in Alpine Ski who have B standard times namely, Cormac Comerford, Kieran Norris and Emma Ryan. The workshop which is being delivered jointly by the OCI and Sport Ireland Institute will cover all aspects of preparation for competing at an Olympic Games, outline the medical support in place for the Games as well as one on one athlete support meetings.

The Korean Ambassador Hu Kang-il and Counseller Jin-Weon Chae visted the Olympic Council of Ireland offices on the 30th August coinciding with the ninth and final International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission visit to PyeongChang (29-31 August). The Republic of Korea are very confident that the city is prepared to welcome the world to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. The Korean Ambassador met with OCI President Sarah Keane, Honarary Secretary Sarah O'Shea, and Chief Executive and 2018 Chef de Mission Stephen Martin.

In Korea the President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, Lee Hee-beom, commented, “We are now just 162 days away from the start of the Olympic Winter Games and working to put the important finishing touches to the Games. We are listening, and we are responding to all of our stakeholders and taking all the feedback and advice from the sessions this week. We want to make these the best Winter Games ever and showcase Korea to the world as a global leader in sports and as the new hub for winter sports in Asia.”

The Korean Embassy will provide a cultural insight to South Korea at the OCI Winter Sport Pyeongchang team day to be held at the Institute of Sport in  October 2017.






The Olympic Council of Ireland are proud to announce that five Irish Olympic hopefuls will receive Olympic Solidarity scholarships to support their bid to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018.


The five are, Tess Arbez, Patrick McMillan Kieran Norris who compete in Alpine Skiing, Kieran (Seamus) O’Connor, Snowboarder (slopestyle and half pipe) and Brendan Doyle in the Skeleton. Apart from O’Connor, who was part of a team of five who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, all are bidding to make their Olympic debut.


The Olympic Council of Ireland applied for these scholarships through the International Olympic Committee Solidarity movement, with each athlete receiving grants of €17k plus €4.7k for additional funding to cover their transport costs to Olympic qualification competitions.


President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Sarah Keane said: “The Olympic Solidarity funding is a very welcome boost for these athletes who have been put forward by their national federations for support in their bid to qualify and compete at the 2018 Winter Games. We know and understand the commitment of these athletes and are pleased that the International Olympic Committee has agreed with our recommendation for them to receive this support


One of the scholarship recipients, Doyle a former sprinter said: “This scholarship will make a real difference to me.  I was inspired to take up the sport of skeleton when I saw the women’s Olympic bobsleigh team training at the National Athletics stadium in Santry where I did my sprint training.”


The Dubliner took to the sport easily, transferring his power and acceleration of sprinting to skeleton. However, it has not been an easy journey for Brendan who struggled to stay in the sport due to the financial investment. He subsequently suffered an assault as a member of An Garda Siochana leading him to leave the force due to the physical and mentally traumatic nature of the accident.


He has spoken openly about the depression that followed and how returning to sport helped his mental and physical recovery. Since his return to sport he has posted competitive times which lead him for consideration for the scholarship: “Now I can focus my efforts on becoming the best I can be and hopefully make that Olympic dream a reality.”


The Selection Process



POCOG President Mr Hee-Beom Lee thanked everyone at the end of the 3 day PyeongChang 2018 NOC Chef de Mission Seminar. It was an opportunity to get all the important information and updates to assist preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

He said "As athletes are the heart of the Games, it is also essential for us to listen and learn from your expertise and experiences to move forward in our final planning for operational readiness. We will do our best to deliver a most memorable and athlete-centered Games for all NOC delegations.”

"It is great to be in PyeongChang with just a little over a year to go until Games-time,” said Team Ireland Chef de Mission Stephen Martin “These few days are really invaluable for NOC's planning- to see the venues and villages, to hear more from the organizing committee on the final planning phase. The Games are really starting to take shape and I have been very impressed by what I have seen here so far. Our athletes are pushing to qualify and i know they will be delighted with the overall environment established for 2018.

Martin who has led Winter teams with Teamgb and TeamIrl since Salt Lake City 2002 added  “The final Chef de Mission seminar has provided us with an invaluable update across a range of areas including logistics, transport, sports venue layout and villages, medical, chef de mission collaboration etc. Delegations from 80 countries represented were particularly impressed by the compactness of the two clusters and the proximity of the competition venues to the Olympic Villages"

Aside from several presentations, delegates were taken on a tour of the Olympic competition and non-competition venues in both the coastal and mountain cluster areas. Day one covered the ice sport venues of Gangneung,Day 2 moved onto the snow sport venues in PyeongChang as well as the non-competition venues which include the Olympic Village, and Opening and Closing Ceremony venue - the Olympic Plaza. The final day focused on  Jeongseon and Bokwang where the Alpine Skiiing speed events and Freestyle Skiing/Snowboard will take place respectively.



Representatives from National Olympic Committees across the world have arrived for the first of 4 days of updates.

They will be briefed on different aspects of preparations while also conducting site visits to venues and other Games-time facilities for the Winter Olympics.

It marks a key examination for organisers before celebrations marking a one year countdown to the Opening Ceremony on February 9th 2018.

It all comes during a busy season of test events.

Stephen Martin is in Pyeongchang this week as Team Ireland Chef de Mission.

He will later join twelve NOC's who have arranged a similar mission in Tokyo between the 4th -8th February to maximise their time in South East Asia.




The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held in Pyeongchang between the  9th - 25th February 2018 (17 days) with venue locations in : PyeongChang, Gangneung, Jeongseon

Here are some links to the sports with a Team Ireland interest:


OCI Chief Executive Stephen Martin has been appointed by the Olympic Council of Ireland Executive Board to be Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games between 9-25th February 2018.

The double Olympic medalist said “It’s a privilege to lead the Irish Team in Pyeongchang following on from Sochi 2014” and added ” we are working closely with Winter sport to ensure we give targeted athletes the support required to help their qualification campaigns”

The Olympic Council of Ireland will be supporting athletes through the Olympic Scholarship programme which could see athletes qualify in Winter sport disciplines of alpine skiing, snowboarding, and skeleton.

Willie O'Brien acting President said, " Winter sports are fortunate to have such an experienced and respected Olympian heading up Team Ireland" he added "

Martin added,

"Our strategic framework includes a strong focus on operational planning for Olympic Games and we look forward to putting in place the best possible support for Winter sports in Pyeongchang."

Martin will be in Pyeongchang for a Chef de Mission seminar in early 2017 and will also travel to meet the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee with a number of other NOC's to discuss plans for Tokyo, including pre games training options.

Brief Bio:

Dr Stephen Martin MBE is a Double Olympic Hockey Medallist, and former Captain of both Great Britain and the Irish Hockey Teams.

He won a Gold medal in Seoul 1988, Bronze medal in Los Angeles 1984 and finished 6th in Barcelona 1992.

He played in 229 International matches for Great Britain (94) and Ireland (135), played in 3 European Cups, 10 Champions Trophy Tournaments, 1 World Cup and 3 Olympic Games before being awarded an MBE for Services to Hockey in 1993.

He was Deputy Chief Executive Team GB and Head of the Performance Unit with responsibility for the Olympic Medical Institute, Technical and Athlete Services departments providing elite service provision to Olympic athletes, coaches and scientific and medical support teams.He was a member of the UK Sports Institute Board.

He was Deputy Chef de Mission at Summer and Winter Olympic Games with Team GB in Sydney 2000 , Salt Lake 2002, and Athens 2004.

Martin has worked with Team Ireland in similar capacities in Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012, Sochi 2014, Baku 2015, and Rio 2016.


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With only four days away from the 500 days-to-go mark, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach visited PyeongChang to review the progress of the next Olympic Winter Games.

During his two-day trip, Bach took part in a meeting of sports ministers from the next three Olympic hosts - Republic of Korea, Japan, and China.

As the world’s attention has turned from Rio 2016 to PyeongChang 2018, President Bach led a delegation of six IOC representatives, including IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi, visiting PyeongChang and Gangneung to check on preparations for the PyeongChang Games.





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