Watch Olympics 2018

OK, so the Olympics are in full swing, and you still don’t know how to pronounce Pyeongchang. Or, you’re not sure what event Shaun White competes in No worries, we’ve got you covered. With this handy little cheat sheet, you’ll now be able to impress your friends with some impressive Olympics knowledge. So get ready to have all the questions you have, all the questions you think you have, and all the questions you should have answered as we dive into the Winter Games with our Cliff Notes for the 2018 Olympics.

Where are the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Great place to start. This year’s international competition will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Located just over 100 miles from Seoul, Pyeongchang is actually a county in a northeastern province of South Korea. Seoul is the nation’s capital and the home of the 1988 Summer Olympics. Pyeongchang has a population of about 43,000, and its local claim to fame is its average elevation of 700 meters, which apparently offers residents “one of the best places for health, rest and sports in the world.”

Side note: You’ll see a lot of logos that stylize Pyeongchang as “PyeongChang,” with an upper-case “C,” but the county officially has only the “P” capitalized. Get ready for a nightmare of misspellings.

When are the Olympics?

The entire slate of Winter Games competition will be broadcast across various NBC platforms from Feb. 8-25, with some curling and the Opening Ceremony coming first. (Note: The ceremony will actually be seen Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 a.m. Eastern — or at 8 p.m., replayed — for those watching in the United States.)

If you’re talking times specifically, you’ll want to note that, since the Olympics will be broadcast live from South Korea, there will be a 14-hour difference between local time and Eastern time. Here’s the full breakdown of time differences:

Eastern time: 14 hours
Central time: 15 hours
Mountain time: 16 hours
Pacific time: 17 hours

Pyeongchang time is also ahead of all those time zones, so if NBC is broadcasting live at 8 p.m. ET, that means it is actually 10 a.m. the following day in Pyeongchang. An event broadcast live at 8 a.m. ET, meanwhile, would actually be a 10 p.m. event in South Korea.

How can I watch the Olympics?

If you’re planning on watching live, the first thing you can do is make sure to clock some nap time during the afternoon.

In all seriousness, we’ve got an entire breakdown of how to watch the 2018 Winter Games right here at CBSSports.com, but here’s the gist of your options for tuning in:

he Opening Ceremony is also best known for serving as a platform for the host city/area’s culture. Being that the 2018 Olympics are in South Korea, reports suggest we could be in for some K-pop performances, but the most prominent sight could be North and South Korea jointly marching together — a union that some aren’t too keen on but represents a historic partnership between the neighboring nations.

So what’s the deal with Russia?

Hey, up until this week, we were still trying to figure this one out, too.

Two years after more than 100 of their athletes were banned from the 2016 Rio Games as a result of performance-enhancing drug use at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, we know that Russia has officially been barred from participation in the Pyeongchang Games after a deeper investigation into a “state-backed doping program.” That means, no matter what, the International Olympic Committee will never, ever attribute any Russian accomplishments at the 2018 Games to Russia. The country’s medal count from South Korea will always, at least on paper, be zero.