POSTED: July 4th 2014

POCOG learning from Sochi 2014 in Winter Games preparations

President Jin-sun Kim was very much involved with the creation of the winter sports hub / IOC
President Jin-sun Kim was very much involved with the creation of the winter sports hub / IOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee for the next Olympic Winter Games was a “key participant” in the IOC Debriefing of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

With a “New Horizons” theme, PyeongChang will hope to capitalise on Korea’s sizable youth population to create a lasting legacy as any Olympic Host City would as well as push the Gangwon province to become a winter destination for tourists.

“Our vision is very clear: new horizons, developing industries, building a hub of winter sports in Gangwon province,” POCOG President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Jin-Sun said. “Our Games will also be a Games of culture, environment, and peace.”

While new venues are under construction for figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton events, other venues, like the Gangneung Indoor Ice Rink, Bokwang Phoenix Park, and Yongpyong Ski Resort, will be used in their current state. The Yongpyong Ski Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the Republic of Korea.

The Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium, constructed during the city’s unsuccessful bids to host the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is already operational and reflects the legacy POCOG hopes PyeongChang 2018 will leave the country.

“Post-Games use is very important for POCOG,” Kim said. “We are developing various legacy plans. Most of the snow venues are privately owned and will be used as resorts and for sports. The indoor venues will be converted into gyms, school gyms, convention centres, and leisure centres for the public.”

Though only four years away from hosting the first Olympic Winter Games in the country’s history, POCOG has already received praise from the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission for its readiness.

“The 2018 Games are on the right track but it is clear that much work remains,” IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg said. “We are confident that POCOG and Korea will deliver great Games for the athletes in 2018.”

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