POSTED: December 14th 2016
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Olympics: Gangneung Ice Arena is open and ready for the ISU World Cup Short Track Event December 16-18

The Gangneung Ice Arena located in Gangneung Olympic Park © POCOG
The Gangneung Ice Arena located in Gangneung Olympic Park © POCOG

(L to R) Moon-soon Choi (Gangwon Province Governor), Gunilla Lindberg (IOC Coordination Commission Chairperson), Hee-beom Lee (POCOG President), Myeong-hee Choi (Mayor of Gangneung) © POCOG
(L to R) Moon-soon Choi (Gangwon Province Governor), Gunilla Lindberg (IOC Coordination Commission Chairperson), Hee-beom Lee (POCOG President), Myeong-hee Choi (Mayor of Gangneung) © POCOG

Opening ceremony of the Gangneung Ice Arena © POCOG
Opening ceremony of the Gangneung Ice Arena © POCOG

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Gangneung Ice Arena is officially open to stage the ISU World Cup Short Track test event taking place December 16-18 in the Gangneung Olympic Park. This venue will host Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating during the Games.

The 60m by 30m ice rink arena has a spectator capacity of 12,000 and is now complete after two and a half years of construction and is one of the six newly built venues for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The venue will be owned by Gangwon Province and Governor Moon-soon Choi commented on the opening, "The completion of the ice venues is a meaningful step for PyeongChang 2018. The venues will be the center of excitement during the Games.

"After PyeongChang 2018, they will be returned to the public and open doors for potential athletes and create new horizons for Gangneung residents." 

The venue was used to stage the 33rd KSU Short Track Speed Skating Championships in November 2016 and is the first to host the test events for ice sports.

So far local interest is high and an impressive 90% of tickets have been sold so far for the ISU World Cup Short Track events coming up this weekend.

The test events will feature 10 events - four individual distances and a relay (ladies and men) and 184 athletes from 31 countries athletes will compete. Japan, Canada, China, Netherlands, and Russia are the top contenders bringing more than 15 athletes each.

PyeongChang will be hosting the winter Games February 9-25 2018 and the Paralympic Games will be March 9-18 2018.

**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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