POSTED: August 24th 2010

PyeongChang 2018: FIBT president Storey on hand to open sled training venue

The Alpensia area will be home to the sledding events / PyeongChang 2018
The Alpensia area will be home to the sledding events / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/PYEONGCHANG, Aug 24: The PyeongChang 2018 bid announced that it has opened the doors on its new sledding sports training areas today as part of the winter Games bid plan.

The president of the International Bobsleigh Federation (FIBT) Robert Storey attended the opening ceremony for the facility built to serve three key sledding sports bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. Work on the project had also been overseen by FIBT Skeleton Director Heinz Thoma to ensure top technical advice for the venue.

Storey said: “It is an honour to be here today to mark the opening of these facilities and a meaningful development for our sport in this region. These facilities are compact and specifically designed to meet the needs of the athletes and we look forward to seeing world-class performances from them on the international stage in years to come."

Also present to open the new training area were Secretary General DoBong Ha and Sports Director Kwang-bae Kang of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee, Acting Governor of Gangwon Province Ki-Chang Kang, PyeongChang mayor Seok Rae Lee, President of the Korean Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation Kyung-Hoon Lee, and numerous sledding athletes. 

DoBong Ha, secretary general of the PyeongChang bid says, “The investment we have made to build these new sledding sports facilities shows PyeongChang’s commitment to staging the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018, and that we are delivering on our promises to the IOC and the Olympic Family. This investment will also provide us with the momentum to inspire more young people to participate in sledding disciplines, help develop their skills, and grow further interest in winter sports.”

The new facility comprises a bobsleigh and skeleton starting track, another luge starting track, locker rooms and a technical video analysis room for high level training. The costs for the new facility were approximately US$850,000 equaling 1 billion South Korean Won.

Kwang-bae Kang, PyeongChang 2018’s newly nominated sports director and the coach of Korea’s bobsleigh team says, “We are delighted that the new world class practice tracks for sledding events have been completed. With the substantial investment made in the facilities, we can offer our sledding athletes the very best chance to improve their performances and help a new generation of participants take up these winter sports.” 

The sledding sports’ venues are located in the Alpensia Cluster area which will also be the main focal point of the Korean bid.

PyeongChang is running against Munich and Annecy to host the 2018 winter Olympic Games. The final decision will be voted in Durban, South Africa in July 2011 at the IOC session.  

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · FIBT · Robert Storey · DoBong Ha · Ki-Chang Kang · Seok Rae Lee · Kyung-Hoon Lee · Alpensia Resort · Olympic bidding

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