POSTED: October 31st 2016
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PyeongChang 2018 sliding center successfully completes test runs

Test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center successfully completed (Luge) © POCOG
Test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center successfully completed (Luge) © POCOG

Bobsleigh test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center © POCOG
Bobsleigh test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center © POCOG

Skeleton test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center © POCOG
Skeleton test runs for PyeongChang 2018 sliding center © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games host city, PyeongChang, successfully hosted test runs for the newly built Alpensia Sliding Center from October 25-29.

"POCOG and Gangwon Province are proud to have achieved such great results. As safety is our top priority, we are still in the process of improving the venues for all athletes, spectators, and staff to enjoy the actual Games as well as the upcoming test events," expressed POCOG Vice President of Games Operations, Baek Sungil.

28 athletes and officials from ten nations represented the International Luge Federation (FIL) at the runs, while the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) had 50 athletes and officials from seven nations also took part in the runs.

Each team was able to run at least three laps to properly test the new venue. A critical area for all sliding centers is safety related facilities, which was a key area for the test runs.

In addition, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and Gangwon Province have been working closely together to get ready for the pre-homologation. All athletes had seamless practice sessions during the pre-homologation process.

Third party technician recognized by FIL and IBSF from Johnson Controls, Lambert Koppen stated, "After the cooling plant inspection, I can give a green light to start the pre-homologation. Many points are done and the cooling plant is now safe for the athletes."

This success resulted in building confidence in the Gangwon Province, international federations, and POCOG before the Olympic and Paralympic test events are scheduled to take place from February 16-19 (Luge) and March 17-19 (Bobsleigh & Skeleton).

** 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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