POSTED: March 28th 2011

PyeongChang 2018 celebrates 100 days with ceremony and Best of Korea boost

'100 days to go' festivities at the Seoul Olympic Park / PyeongChang 2018
'100 days to go' festivities at the Seoul Olympic Park / PyeongChang 2018

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SEOUL, Mar 28: The PyeongChang winter Games bid received another boost to their “Best of Korea” program ensuring the very best entertainment and cultural events to the region if PyeongChang wins the vote to host the Olympics in 2018. 

The cultural program now counts a total of 39 companies and 123 brands that have committed to participate in the ‘Best of Korea’ initiative. This makes the second signing of agreements for the entertainment program.

100 day ceremony

A special ceremony was held symbolically in Seoul at the Olympic Park’s World Peace Gate Plaza to commemorate the 100 days to go to the final vote.

Hundreds of supporters joined top bid leaders including bid ceo, Yang Ho Cho; Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Byoung Gug Choung; Korean NOC President, Yong Sung Park; Bid Ambassador, Special Envoy of the Korean President,  Jin-sun Kim; and athlete Ambassadors including Tae-beom Mo, Seung-hoon Lee and Sang-hwa Lee.

Cho said: “With only a 100 days left until the IOC’s Host City announcement in Durban, we are delighted and moved by the wonderful support we have received at this celebration event.

“Today is an important moment to show PyeongChang’s passion for hosting the Winter Games and for the remainder of the campaign we are committed to highlighting how our vision of ‘New Horizons’ will contribute to the growth of winter sport.”

The supporters today also re-enacted the chorus that was done for the IOC Evaluation Visit last month and sang ABBA’s ‘I Have a Dream’. There were 2018 volunteers who burst into song at the Gangneung Ice Rink greeting the commission as they visited the venue.

Mountain climbers show support

An expedition of local people from PyeongChang also climbed Mount Baekdusan, the northernmost peak of the Korean peninsula.

This marks the third mountain expedition to support the bid following ones at Hallasan, the southernmost peak in Korea, and at the Taebaek Mountain Range in PyeongChang.

PyeongChang is bidding against Annecy and Munich to host the winter Games of 2018. The final vote will take place at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa on July 6, 2011. 

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympic bidding · Yang Ho Cho · Byoung Gug Choung · Jin-sun Kim · Tae-beom Mo · Seung-hoon Lee · Sang-hwa Lee

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