PyeongChang Winter Olympics medals

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Just because you're unable to make it to South Korea next month doesn't mean you can't make your 2018 Winter Olympic dreams a reality - that is, a virtual reality.

What's more, the collection will be available online and in select stores on January 15 - before the Winter Olympics even begin! According to Variety, NBC has partnered with Intel to set up multiple camera pods to create interactive 360-degree VR environments. Among the events planned for live coverage are downhill skiing, figure skating and ice hockey. Tessa Bonhomme will anchor studio coverage from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., with Anson Carter and Erika Lawler.

NBC and Intel also said that viewers will also be able to "fly through the Olympic world, tour Olympic venues and different areas throughout Korea".

That has more than doubled to £32m over four years for Pyeongchang, but the sums involved contrast starkly with the £100m annual investment in summer Olympic sports.

NBC presented some VR content during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but those events were made available the following day, rather than live.

Audiences can also use the BBC Sport app for mobile and tablet devices, available to download for free. As early as 100 days before the start of the Winter Olympics, the organizing committee declared that they are fully ready to host the Games.

Many South Koreans had not been enthusiastic about PyeongChang, but took more interest following the news of North Korea's participation in the nation's first Winter Olympic Games. As for participation in actual winter Olympics events, the North has in the past announced plans to send athletes to at least three events.

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