POSTED: February 6th 2016

Olympics: The first day of Ski World Cup comes to a successful end for PyeongChang 2018

Press conference with (L-R) IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho; and FIS President, Gian-Franco Kasper © POCOG
Press conference with (L-R) IOC Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho; and FIS President, Gian-Franco Kasper © POCOG

Closing press conference © POCOG
Closing press conference © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The first day of the 2016 AUDI International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski World Cup ended on a high note for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG). The country hosted the nation's first ever men's downhill races and was the perfect debut event for the new Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

The dog was celebrated with a joint press conference with POCOG President, Yang-Ho Cho; FIS President, Gian-Franco Kasper; and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for PyeongChang 2018 Chair, Gunilla Lindberg. The day's program came to an official end after the conference concluded.

President Cho opened the press conference saying, "Today, we have put PyeongChang on the world map for World Cup alpine skiing. And this is just the beginning. With the IOC and the FIS by my side, I am pleased to say that the journey to the 2018 Games has officially started."

He continued saying, "We had promised to deliver, and we delivered. We have worked with great passion. With the lessons that we learn, we will continue to improve our operations to host more great competitions in the seasons ahead."

"Our vision to expand New Horizons of winter sport is being realized. I am very proud of what we have accomplished so far," concluded President Cho.

POCOG received praise and support for its operations from the FIS and IOC.

"Congratulations to Korean friends," expressed FIS President Kasper.

"I personally believe this was an excellent start for the Organizing Committee. You have showed that you can deliver," commented Kasper.

The day was called "a historic day, the first FIS World Cup downhill in Korea," by IOC Chair Lindberg.

She stated, "The first test event on the road to 2018 PyeongChang is a truly special moment. Today's competition is the major step forward in the preparations of the 2018 Games. And this opened PyeongChang's vision of New Horizons in Korea."

Lindberg gave POCOG "100" points when journalists asked to rate POCOG's performance on a scale of 1 to 100.  

"We've been impressed by the delivery of the competition by the local organizations. As this is the first time Korea is hosting the FIS World Cup downhill, this gives IOC the confidence for the rest of the events," added Lindberg.

This event was only the first in a series of 28 test events for PyeongChang 2018 Games. The test events will continue with the Super-G competition on Sunday.  

** 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

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