‘Passion Connected’ Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games 2018 | Sunday Observer

‘Passion Connected’ Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games 2018

It has been six years since we embarked on the journey toward the successful hosting of Pyeong Chang 2018. And now, with winter coming, there is only one day to go until the Olympic Games and the excitement is building.

Now, the Korean government and people join hands to successfully hold the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In particular, Korea hopes that as the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics served as an opportunity to overcome the Cold War between East and West and promote unity, the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics, the second Olympics in the ROK, will provide the momentum for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and around the world by becoming the driving force behind the resumption of inter-Korean talks and North Korea’s participation in the Olympics.

Marking another chapter in the history of the Olympic Games, the Pyeong Chang 2018 Games will be an excellent opportunity to further promote Olympic values in Asia. Korea will host the first of the next series of Games to be held in Asia, followed by the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 and the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

In particular, Asia is a blank canvas in terms of winter sports and has immeasurable potential to open new horizons in the field. Pyeong Chang is dedicated to promoting winter sports and attracting investment throughout Asia.

NEW HORIZONS

Pyeong Chang is located on a mountain range in the east of South Korea at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level.

With long winters and heavy snow, it is an ideal setting for winter sports such as skiing. Pyeong Chang is a place which serves to nurture snow sports and is in fact hometown to many national skiers.

With its favorable geographic location in Asia and access to emerging and fast-growing markets, Pyeong Chang 2018 hopes to create a legacy of new growth and potential.

Indeed, Pyeong Chang 2018’s vision is to open up ‘New Horizons’ for the Olympic Movement and for the world of winter sports. The Organizing Committee aspires to expand winter sports in Asia and transform Gangwon Province into a winter sports hub and tourist destination.

With our optimized design of the venue, all Games-related facilities are located within a 30-minute radius of the Pyeong Chang Olympic Stadium and Plaza. Accordingly, participating athletes, spectators and media will be able to easily travel between venues. This will be conducive to competition-centered and athlete-oriented Games, where everyone will be able to enjoy optimum performances by athletes.

Along with the array of sports competitions, the Cultural Olympiad for the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Games will offer an exciting program of culture, entertainment, festivals and educational activities held across the country which aims to connect everyone to the Games.

As athletes, officials and spectators start to arrive in Pyeong Chang, the 40-day festival will welcome them all and run through until the final day of the Paralympic Winter Games on March 18. Festival highlights include exhibitions and performances of leading traditional and contemporary Korean artists. There will also be street parades, cheering events and K-pop concerts.

OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY

The Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay began in Korea with the arrival of the Olympic flame on November 1, 2017, which also marked 100 days to the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony. 7,500 torch bearers have travelled 2018 kilometers by various means of transportation representing the past, present, and future of Korea.

The Torch Relay will unite the nation and serve to share the Olympic spirit as the Olympic flame makes its way across Korea.

The Orrganizing Committee for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympic and Paralympic Games, LEE Hee-beom, remarked that “After years of planning and preparation, we are about to start the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Games. We are putting the final touches on what will be the biggest Winter Games ever”. “It will also be a Winter Games that will open up new horizons for Gangwon Province as a tourist destination, and Asia as a winter sports hub for us all to enjoy for many years to come. Now is the time to share the passion and plan your Olympic and Paralympic journey with us.

We are ready to showcase the best of winter sports and welcome the world class athletes that will come to Pyeong Chang to go for Gold”.

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