POSTED: December 20th 2015
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Olympics: POCOG confirms readiness for FIS Ski World Cup

Graphic view of the Jeongseon alpine venue / POCOG
Graphic view of the Jeongseon alpine venue / POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has confirmed that they are winding up the preparations for the FIS Ski World Cup to be held at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in February 2016.

POCOG and Gangwon Province along with the Korea Ski Association are all working closely with the FIS and the IOC to make sure that the test events take place according to plans.

The organizing committee confirmed that some of the gondola concrete foundations needed reinforcing but that this has been done and all parts will be completed by December 28th. With the rope pulley installation and splicing by January 6th then there will be test runs and the final completion of the Gondola is expected by January 20th.

Two medical helicopters will be available, provided by the ROK Ministry of Defense, and another one will be on standby, furnished by the Gangwon Province Fire Department, in case it is needed to transport people or supplies. This meets FIS requirements for staging competitions.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre will be home to the alpine speed events of downhill, super-G, and alpine combined on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games program. The venue will be totally completed by October of 2016 but it will be ready to host the FIS Ski World Cup men's downhill and super-G races taking place on February 6-7 that will kick off a series of 28 test events.

It will be ready for the competition with the main fields of play including essential facilities such as the gondola and snow-making systems are in place and operational and have been making snow as of the 16th of December.  Snow making will continue through January in order to meet the requirements to stage the World Cup races.

The deadline for the completion of the gondola is January 20th and POCOG, Gangwon Province, and the Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr are all working in tandem to make the completion date.

The Jeongseon venue is the centerpiece of the PyeongChang 2018 "New Horizons" vision to expand winter sports in the region. With its geographic location and access to the emerging fast growing Asian market the venue offers a new stage and more opportunities for athletes and sports fans to enjoy the sport of alpine skiing.

Also for environmental purposes in effort to preserve the surrounding forestation, this marks the first time that the men's and women's courses will be combined for one field of play.

The course was designed by Bernhard Russi, the current chairman of the FIS Alpine Committee and former downhill Olympic champion from Switzerland, and will run a length of 2,648m with a vertical drop of 825m.

A Far East Cup race is scheduled at the Jeongseon venue on January 27-28th as a trial event before the FIS World Cup to test the management and to prepare the operational team.

POCOG has set into place staff from over 30 functional areas to work on the operational preparations in view of meeting and exceeding FIS' technical requirements to host the event. And POCOG has already begun recruiting short-term and volunteer workforce to help run the event.

PyeongChang 2018 has posted an official page for the test events at  (http://www.hellopyeongchang.com) which was launched on November 30th, providing schedules, accommodations and accreditation information for teams and media.  

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com. 


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