The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, and popularly called PyeongChang 2018, is an ongoing international multi-sport competition hosted by the county of PyeongChang, South Korea [VIDEO].

In July 2011, the county was chosen as the host city, during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. It marks the first time South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics, and the second Olympics held in the country, while the first being the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It was the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics that these Winter Olympics are held in Asia.

The Winter Olympics run from February 9-25, 2018.

The games will feature 102 events in 15 sports, which includes the addition of mass start speed-skating, mixed-doubles curling, big-air snowboarding, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme. A total of about 2,952 athletes from nearly 92 National Olympic Committees are competing, including the debut of Ecuador, Kosovo, Eritrea, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Here are the first 5 athletes who have won gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics:

Redmond Gerard

Redmond Gerard is an American snowboarder, who was born on June 29, 2000. He was raised in Ohio but currently lives in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Gerard competed in the big air events and slopestyle for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics. In slopestyle, Gerard achieved the gold medal for his performance. He emerged as the first Winter Olympics medalist born in the 2000s.

He also became the first American gold medalist in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the youngest American to medal in a snowboarding game at the Olympics.

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California. She is the fifth of eight children. She snowboarded for the first time when she was nine, and immediately developed an interest in the sport. She was homeschooled, which allowed her to spend almost every day in the mountains.

She has built a reputation as one of the high-ranking slopestyle riders in the business. She outstandingly represented herself as one of the most successful female snowboarders on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, and went away with the gold medal in the Olympic debut of women's snowboard slopestyle, at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

In the 2018 Winter Games, Anderson won and took home the gold just after she presented in less-than-perfect weather conditions.

Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim was born in Long Beach, California and groomed in nearby Torrance. Kim's father and mother are native South Koreans. Her father started her on a snowboard when she was 4-years-old at the southern California resort of Mountain High, and she started competing when at 6 as a member of Team Mountain High.

She trained in Valais, Switzerland before going back to California and training at Mammoth Mountain. In 2013, Kim joined up with U.S. Snowboarding.

At 17, Kim became the youngest woman to emerge and win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal during the Winter Games. She dominated two interesting runs on the women’s snowboard halfpipe, profiting her the first place spot on the medal podium.

Shaun White

Shaun White was born in San Diego, California. His ancestry includes Italian and Irish. He spent his formative years riding Bear Mountain and Okemo Mountain, small ski resorts found in Vermont, Ludlow, and the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.

White drew quickly the eyes of many in the skateboarder scene, including professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. Hawk familiarized himself with the nine-year-old White at a local skatepark and mentored him, helping him to become a pro in skateboarding at the age of 17.

White has won for himself many titles on his skateboard, which includes the overall title of Action Sports Tour Champion; and was the first person to challenge and win both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports.

Snowboarder Shaun White [VIDEO], winning his third Olympic gold medal, set the record in the 2018 Games as he scored America’s 100th Winter Games gold medal.

Chris Mazdzer

Chris Mazdzer is an American luger who has been active internationally since 2001. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he competed and emerged as the 13th on both occasions. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, he won the silver medal in the Men's Single Luge, emerging as the first US men’s singles luge medalist and is the first and presently only non-European to win a medal in that event. He has presently made history being the first American to win a medal in men's singles.