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    2018 Winter Olympics Coming to South Korea

    By John Marsh
    July 12, 2011, 10:56:15 AM EDT

    "The summers are very, very wet while the winters are quite dry."

    The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in a never before used location. The new site, selected on Wednesday, is Pyeongchang, South Korea. The games will occur in February of that year.

    In the history of the Winter Games, only one Asian nation has ever hosted. Aside from Sapporo and Nagano in Japan, Pyeongchang will be the first Asian city to receive the honor.

    "Temperature wise, their climate is similar to that of central and eastern U.S. cities around 40 degrees north longitude," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews. "Precipitation is a different story altogether. The summers are very, very wet while the winters are quite dry."

    The average amount of precipitation in the region for the month of February is roughly 0.9 inches. So, for any athletes hoping to ski natural snow, it seems they may be out of luck.

    "The summers see torrential rains, much more so than similar regions here in the states," added Andrews.


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    February only brings roughly eight days of snow every year to the region, and the amounts are generally not very substantial.

    Pyeongchang beat out rivals Munich, Germany and Annecy, France to win the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to the Associated Press.

    So, even though they seem like a long way off, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be a history first for the nation of South Korea.

    When asked for speculation on certain events and outcomes of the Games, Andrews replied "no comment."

    As for this reporter, while I always enjoy some Jamaican bobsledding, I'll most likely be chanting "U.S.A." all the way.

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