POSTED: June 14th 2011

Ambassador Kim: the stakes are higher than ever for PyeongChang 2018

Kim has campaigned relentlessly throughout this entire bid cycle / PyeongChang 2018
Kim has campaigned relentlessly throughout this entire bid cycle / PyeongChang 2018

Kim skies often with his family on the local slopes / Gangwon Province
Kim skies often with his family on the local slopes / Gangwon Province

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SEOUL, Jun 14: Ambassador Jin-Sun Kim is counting down the days getting ready for his third run with the PyeongChang 2018 bid. Probably more than anyone else on the team, as the former Governor of Gangwon and after playing a leading role with the past two bids for 2014 and 2010, he feels the pressure.

President Myung-Bak Lee gave him the responsibility of Ambassador, Special Envoy to work closely with him for this PyeongChang 2018 campaign. Though there has been no official announcement that President Lee will travel to Durban for the IOC session reports in the press today note that the organizers are expecting him.

In an exclusive interview with he talks about his excitement and feelings as the July 6th deadline nears 22 days away for the final vote.

We are just a few weeks to the vote for the 2018 Games. This is your third bid, how are you feeling as we approach the final decision day?

Jin-Sun Kim: To tell you the truth, I feel on the edge as if I were one of those junior-high students waiting for the outcome of their college entrance exam. Especially so, since this is PyeongChang’s third challenge based on its two previous attempts which ended up with a failure.

PyeongChang has a great cause and every reason for hosting the Winter Games and I strongly believe that the IOC will surely support PyeongChang this time.

With your past experience, do you feel like you have been able to work more effectively for this bid campaign?

Jin-Sun Kim: During the past years, PyeongChang has made every effort to improve its facilities and other conditions, and thereby proving itself as an even more developed bid now.  I believe that many of the IOC members are already well aware of that.

In the meantime, all the people involved in the bid activities are helping each other for the same goal and working hard with all their hearts. And particularly, the government’s support and its interest level are stronger and higher than ever.

President Lee created for you a special position as Ambassador, Special Envoy to work for the bid. How has this position helped you during this campaign?

Jin-Sun Kim: For the past 10 years or so up until June last year, I had led the bid efforts as Governor of Gangwon Province. Even after the completion of my tenure, President Lee created a special position for me and enabled me to work for the bid by utilizing all the knowledge and networking that I have accumulated so far.

Indeed, the role helps keep me in the position where I can work at the forefront of the PyeongChang 2018 campaign, earning even more trust from the IOC members.  

Thanks to Eungyeong Choi and Shannon Park for contributing to this interview.

Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Jin-Sun Kim · Olympic bidding · Gangwon Province

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