Can North Korea host a 2018 Winter Olympic event? Photo above is of a snowboarding event from 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Olympic snowboarding venue from 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Will North Korea Host 2018 Winter Olympic Events?

The short answer is probably not.

After not taking part in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, North Korea has recently looked to potentially co-host portions of the 2018 Winter Olympics originally awarded to PyeongChang, South Korea. According to the Washington Post and Powder Magazine, South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, has suggested that North Korea host a few of the events at the recently built $35 million ski destination, Masikryong Ski Resort.

The plan from Moon looks to ease tensions between the two countries that have been in a cease-fire dating back to 1953. PyeongChang is about 40 miles away from the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries.

The Masikryong Ski Resort is located in the Masik Pass (location above) and was built under Kim Jong-un in 2013.

A history of missile tests and volatile political relationships aside, sports has brought the countries together in the past. North and South Korea have a strong relationship on the soccer field, regularly playing each other in friendlies and international competition. Unfortunately, their perkiness on the pitch does not extend to the Olympics. Attempting to co-host the 1988 Olympics in Seoul led to a boycott of the games by North Korea after negotiations broke down.

Although the plan seems to be in good faith, it does not leave the International Olympic Committee with much time. According to reports, IOC members on both sides seem wary of the chance with the limited time constraint. But as the story develops we will continue to flood your feeds with info. At the time of publishing, North Korea has yet to have any athletes qualify across the disciplines in the game. Neither North nor South Korea has ever medaled in a snowboarding Olympic event.

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