POSTED: Thursday February 17th 2011
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PyeongChang 2018 showcases its compact Winter Games Plan to the IOC Evaluation Commission

IOC Evaluation Commission's tour of the Alpensia Resort
IOC Evaluation Commission's tour of the Alpensia Resort

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA, 17 February 2011: The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee today showcased its compact, two-cluster Winter Games Plan to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission as they conducted a comprehensive tour of PyeongChang's existing and planned Winter Games venues and facilities.

The PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee presented its overall plan to have 13 dedicated sports venues and 14 training sites for the Winter Games in 2018, and began its tour of the proposed 2018 competition venues, including the seven existing venues.

The Bid Committee demonstrated how it has kept the promises made in PyeongChang's bid for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games by committing to build a further two sports venues (for Alpine Skiing and Figure Skating/Short Track Speed Skating) irrespective of the 2018 Host City result. If PyeongChang has the honour of hosting the Winter Games in 2018, the Organising Committee will oversee the construction of only a further four Winter Games venues.

As part of PyeongChang's commitment to the Olympic Family, non-competition venues such as the Main Olympic Village, the Media Village, and the IOC Headquarter Hotel are also either completed or currently under construction.

The IOC Evaluation Commission saw PyeongChang 2018's proposal for a highly compact two-cluster Winter Games concept, comprising the Alpensia Resort (Mountain Cluster with snow and sliding events) and Gangneung (Coastal Cluster with the ice events).

PyeongChang 2018 was also delighted to reveal to the IOC that given the compact configuration of its two-cluster venue concept, and with each cluster having its own Olympic Village, 90% of all athletes will be able to travel to their competition venue within 10 minutes.

One of the highlights of the venue tour was the Alpensia Resort.  This was just a design when PyeongChang bid for the Winter Games in 2010 and 2014, and shows how PyeongChang has delivered on its pledge to the Olympic Family by developing a world class sports resort tailor-made to host the Winter Games.

The Alpensia Resort features four existing venues for Nordic and Alpine sports which have already received certification from their relevant International Federations and have hosted many international competitions including the 2009 Biathlon World Championships, 2009 FIS Ski Jump Continental Cup and four FIS World Cups. If PyeongChang is designated as the 2018 Host City, the Sliding Centre will be added so that all outdoor events are located in the same cluster.

With the investment that the national government and Gangwon Province are making to improve the regional transport network, including the new express railroad which will run at a speed of 250 km per hour, all the competition venues in the Alpensia Cluster and in the Coastal Cluster will be located within 30 minutes of PyeongChang ensuring quick and safe access for the Olympic Family, media and fans from around the world. The new express railroad will also make PyeongChang accessible from Seoul in less than 50 minutes, and people will be able reach PyeongChang from Incheon International Airport in 68 minutes.

As the IOC Evaluation Commission toured PyeongChang's venues, the Bid Committee was also delighted to announce Toby Dawson, the Korean-American Olympic Bronze Medallist, as an official PyeongChang 2018 Ambassador.

Dawson's life is a remarkable story that captures the Olympic spirit and the inspiration of the Games. Born in Korea in 1978, Dawson was adopted by American parents at the age of three. His adoptive parents were ski instructors and he eventually became a top-class skier and won a Bronze Medal in the Men's Mogul competition at the Torino 2006 Winter Games. Following his Olympic success, Dawson was reunited with his Korean biological father, and a new documentary about his life will be aired on television around the world in April 2011.

Yang Ho Cho, PyeongChang 2018 Chairman and CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able to show the IOC Evaluation Commission that we have kept our promises and delivered on our commitment to creating a world class winter sports hub here in PyeongChang that will inspire future generations of winter sports athletes in Asia.

“I believe today’s venue tour has shown the tremendous progress we have made and how we kept our promises to the IOC.”

Toby Dawson, Olympic Winter Game Bronze Medallist, said: “I am proud to be an Ambassador of PyeongChang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Games. I have seen with my own eyes PyeongChang’s great development since the last bid, and I am convinced that this city, with the amazing new Alpensia Resort, is truly ready to host a Winter Games and open new horizons for athletes and the Olympic Movement in Asia.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Today’s venue tour included visits to:

-      Ski Jump / Opening·Closing Ceremonies (at Alpensia Cluster)

-      Cross Country / Nordic Combined / Biathlon (at Alpensia Cluster)

-      PyeongChang Athletes Village (at Alpensia Cluster)

-      Freestyle / Snowboard (at Bokwang Phoenix Park)

-      Alpine Venue - Downhill, Super-G, Slalom-combined (at Jungbong)

-      Alpine Venue- Giant Slalom, Slalom (at Yongpyong Resort)

-      Luge / Bobsleigh, IBC / MPC and site for the Olympic Station (at Alpensia Cluster)

Olympians and athletes on the tour included:

-      Kwang-bae Kang, PyeongChang 2018 Sports Director, FIBT Vice-President, four-time Olympian

-      Na-mi Kim, International Biathlon Union Vice-President

-      So-hee Kim, 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games, Short track speed skating 3000m relay Gold & 1000m Bronze medallist

Please find attached to this press release an image of the IOC Evaluation Commission’s tour of the Alpensia Resort. High resolution image is available upon request.

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 PyeongChang’s 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 · Alpensia Resort · IOC · Evaluation Commission


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