POSTED: July 16th 2016
NewsUpdate

Olympics: US Ski and Snowboard sees PyeongChang 2018 potential post Games

(L to R) Jae-youl Kim, POCOG Executive Vice President of International Relations,POCOG President and CEO Hee-beom Lee, and USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw © POCOG
(L to R) Jae-youl Kim, POCOG Executive Vice President of International Relations,POCOG President and CEO Hee-beom Lee, and USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw © POCOG


LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw visited PyeongChang 2018 for updates on the progress of the preparations at the host city and noted on the potential of the area after the Olympics and Paralympics.

"The Olympic venues look great and it looks like preparations are going well," said Shaw. "PyeongChang will become a completely different place after the Games and feel tremendous economic development - like Vail or Park City in the US." 

"I will come back to Korea early next year for the Women's Alpine World Cup races where Lindsay Vonn will run.  And we have a Korean-American female snowboarder, Chloe Kim, who is aiming to compete at the 2018 Olympics," he added.

POCOG President and CEO Hee-beom Lee, noted, "PyeongChang is 3~4 ℃ cooler than Seoul metropolitan region, so it's good to visit all-year round, not only during the winter ski season."  

Jae-youl Kim, POCOG Executive Vice President of International Relations, reiterated that recently the POCOG staff had all moved to live and work in the host city and he said, "I hope the USSA can help us in gathering international winter sports fans' interest towards the PyeongChang 2018 Games through next seasons' Alpine World Cup which will be held in Korea. 

"The experience of the USSA will also be helpful in building our organizational expertise."

POCOG International Ambassador and Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn has been very vocal about wanting to compete at PyeongChang in less than two years' time.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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