POSTED: Friday January 14th 2011
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PyeongChang successfully hosts the 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup at Alpensia Resort

The Alpensia Ski Jump Stadium in PyeongChang successfully hosts second major international event


PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 13 JANUARY 2011: The 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup was successfully held this week in PyeongChang, the South Korean city bidding to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The international Ski Jumping competition, which took place on 12 and 13 January 2011 organised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Korean Ski Association (KSA), featured 39 world class Ski Jump athletes from 10 nations around the world. The competitors include five athletes from South Korea, who are participating in the K125 Ski Jumping discipline.
The PyeongChang 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup was held at the Alpensia Ski Jump Stadium, one of the proposed venues that feature in PyeongChang 2018's Winter Games Plan. When asked about the facilities, the first day's Gold medal winner, Matjaz Pungertar from Slovenia, said: "All facilities are best level quality, as good as those facilities in countries where winter sports are more developed."
The Alpensia Resort Ski Jump Stadium would be used as the venue for the Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies if PyeongChang has the honour of being selected the 2018 Host City. PyeongChang's Alpensia Resort would also be the location of the Olympic Village and several additional competition venues.
The PyeongChang 2011 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup is the second major international Ski Jumping event to be held in Alpensia, following the successful hosting of the PyeongChang 2009 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup. The Alpensia Resort also hosted the IBU Biathlon World Cup in 2008 and the 2009 IBU Biathlon World Championships, demonstrating the region's ability to successfully organise major international Winter Sports events that attract fans from around the world.
To coincide with the launch of the Ski Jumping competition in Alpensia this week, the PyeongChang local government produced and distributed a new multilingual handbook to local restaurants and hotels to ensure they provide visiting tourists with excellent hospitality service. Local PyeongChang residents also showed their passion for Winter Sports and their commitment to support the 2018 Winter Games Bid by volunteering at the Ski Jumping Continental Cup. In total, 70 volunteers helped out to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO, said: "For many years PyeongChang has been working hard to keep its promises to the IOC, and the newly developed Alpensia Resort highlights our commitment to the Olympic Movement and the creation of a long term and sustainable Winter Sports hub in Asia that will inspire future generations of athletes.
"It is a privilege for PyeongChang to host the Ski Jumping Continental Cup and showcase to the international Winter Sports community our excellent facilities. Seven of the 13 proposed venues in PyeongChang 2018's Winter Games Plan have already been completed and tested through national and international winter sports events. We are passionate about creating the very best setting for sports fans, athletes and the Olympic Family attending the Winter Games in 2018."
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The city of PyeongChang in Gangwon Province, South Korea is bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018. The city's bid is managed by the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee, a non-profit organisation that was established on 14 September 2009. The Chairman and CEO of the Bid Committee is Yang Ho Cho, who is also Chairman of Korean Air. Additional members of the PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee include representatives from all levels of national and local government, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), the Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC), winter sports athletes and para-athletes, and private businesses. The election of the Host City of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place during the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Durban, South Africa on 6 July 2011.
For further information about the PyeongChang bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, please visit http://www.pyeongchang2018.org

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · Pyeongchang · South · Korea · Ski · Jumping · Alpensia


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