POSTED: July 9th 2010

PyeongChang looks forward to one year out to IOC vote for winter Olympics

PyeongChang excited to mark the date / Image: PyeongChang 2018
PyeongChang excited to mark the date / Image: PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, July 6: The Korean bid team for PyeongChang is stepping up their excitement for the vote with a new logo and celebrations in Seoul. The decisive vote will take place on July 6, 2011 at the IOC Session.

PyeongChang, Annecy and Munich are all in the 2018 bid race to host the winter Games.

Bid ceo Yang-ho Cho said, “With just one year to go until the IOC decision in Durban, today is an important step in our journey to reiterate PyeongChang’s commitment and passion for hosting the Games and contributing to the growth of winter sport worldwide.

“We know there is still a lot of hard work to be done, but as we embark on this second phase of the campaign, we will continue to highlight our dedication to inspiring young people in Korea, Asia and across the world to participate in winter sports and emulate our sporting Bid Ambassadors by becoming the next generation of Winter Games champions.”

This makes the third bid campaign for PyeongChang and undeniably this project is the culmination of past experience. The plan puts forward their best technical effort and has huge public support together with the entire government behind the bid.

In-chon Yu, the Korean minister of culture, sports and tourism says, “The government of South Korea is very proud to support PyeongChang’s bid and has made this campaign a national priority.

“There is total commitment from all levels of government to support the bid and we have pledged to honour all necessary IOC guarantees.”

Korean NOC leader, Yong-Sung Park, remains fully aware of the task at hand however, “This will be the longest year of my life.”

Athlete support

Today the ceremony held in Seoul had over 250 people and brought forth seven new athlete ambassadors. The PyeongChang athlete ambassador program is heralded by superstar figure skater Yu-na Kim and also includes Tae-Bum Mo - Speed Skating Gold Medallist / Vancouver 2010; Seung-Hoon Lee - Speed Skating Gold Medallist /Vancouver 2010; Sang-Hwa Lee - Speed Skating Gold Medallist / Vancouver 2010;Min-Kyung Choi - Short Track Speed Skating Gold Medallist / Salt Lake City 2002 and Nagano 1998;Youngjo Hwang - Marathon Gold Medallist /Barcelona 1992 to name a few. The bid has planned to keep transport times at a minimum between accommodations and venues for the athletes.

Third time charm

PyeongChang’s past bids fell short just a few votes to Vancouver, Canada for 2010 and Sochi, Russia for 2014.

The bid highlights close venue clusters to the main area in the Alpensia zone and also is the first bid ever to offer free wireless internet to the competition and non- competition areas. One of their desires is to host extremely media friendly Games.

As far as the Games' rotation is concerned with Vancouver 2010 in North America, London 2012 and Sochi 2014 in Europe, then back to the American continent for Rio 2016 it could be good timing for the Asian candidate. The other two bids Annecy and Munich are both European.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Yang-ho Cho · Yu-na Kim · Olympic bidding

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