POSTED: February 9th 2017

One-year countdown to PyeongChang 2018 celebrated with OMEGA countdown clock

CEO of OMEGA Timing, Mr Alain Zobrist presents official guests with OMEGA last-lap bells at the City Hall Plaza in Seoul © POCOG
CEO of OMEGA Timing, Mr Alain Zobrist presents official guests with OMEGA last-lap bells at the City Hall Plaza in Seoul © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A special ceremony was held at City Hall Plaza in Seoul for the unveiling of OMEGA's countdown clock to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) President, Hee-beom Lee commented, "Just one year to go, but it will go by fast, as we are working so hard to make this the best Olympic Winter Games ever". 

The Swiss brand's pinpoint precise clock started its one-year countdown and was celebrated with a curtain drop, cheers, and fireworks. Those in attendance included POCOG President Lee; 2nd Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Yoo Dong-Hoon; International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member and Chair, Gunilla Lindberg; Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon; Gangwon Province Governor, Choi Moon-soon; among others.

"The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is being flawlessly prepared to successfully host an event that brings together culture, the economy, the environment, peace and the Olympic Games, to unite people around the world through this great festival. I hope everyone can take full advantage of this opportunity and we can enjoy PyeongChang 2018 together," expressed Yoo Dong-Hoon.

Lindberg called the Winter Games, "a truly great moment in sporting history." She went on to thanked OMEGA for their long service to sports.

She added, "The progress has been incredible, not just over decades, but with each passing Olympic Games."

A troupe of Korea drummers and dancers gave a spirited performance for guests following the ceremony speeches. Following the photo-taking session, official guests were presented with OMEGA last-lap bells by CEO of OMEGA Timing, Alain Zobrist. Each bell is made by hand in the Swiss mountains of LA Chaux-de-Fonds. They are to be used to signal the last lap in events including Biathlon, Cross-Country, Speed Skating, and Short Track Speed Skating.

Governor Choi said, "The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is coming in a year. The people of Gangwon Province and I are putting in a lot of effort to make it a good memory for the athletes and audiences from all over the world. I hope to see everyone in Gangwon Province enjoy the wonderful festival with us."

PyeongChang 2018 will mark OMEGA's 28th time serving as the Games Official Timekeeper, which they have been since 1932.

OMEGA President and CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann stated, "We have been the Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games 27 times. In all those years we have never lost sight of our role, which is to serve the finest athletes in the world, who train so very hard to compete at this level".

Mayor Park concluded, "Seoul will be the first stop for those visiting Korea for the Olympic Winter Games and I know they will be left with a great impression".

** 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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