About the Games
This was the second time that South Korea had hosted the Olympic Games, having previously hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. A total of 2922 athletes from 92 countries participated in PyeongChang Winter Olympics and competed in 102 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 30 teams) by: 1. Norway – 39 (14, 14, 11), 2. Germany – 31 (14, 10, 7), 3. Canada – 29 (11, 8, 10).
Lithuania in the Games
In PyeongChang Lithuania was represented by 9 athletes: 4 biathletes, 2 skiers, and 2 Alpine skiers.
Tomas Kaukėnas was the most successful among his teammates and proved that he truly belonged with the Olympic elite. In 10 km sprint race he was the 17th, and in 12.5 km pursuit race he placed 13th, thus achieving the so far best result in Lithuania’s biathlon history.
Kaukėnas also carried the Lithuanian national flag during the Opening ceremony. During the Closing ceremony, the flag was carried by the youngest member of the Lithuanian delegation, 18-year old skier Andrejus Drukarovas.
Four events made their Olympic debut in PyeongChang: “big air” snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing.
Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Singapore all made their debuts in Winter Olympics.
After exposing a state-sponsored doping program after the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic Committee was suspended, therefore its athletes did not participate in PyeongChang. Russian athletes were allowed to compete neutrally under the special designation of “Olympic Athletes from Russia”.
Despite tense relations of North Korea and South Korea, the two nations paraded together at the opening ceremony, and a unified team of both countries (COR) competed in the women’s ice hockey.
Official website of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics:
Commemorative film about the first Lithuanian winter sports Olympians, part 4: