POSTED: Monday February 10th 2014
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PyeongChang House welcomes a crowd to commemorate "Four Years to Go" to the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

(L to R) IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, POCOG President Kim J.S., IOC President Thomas Bach / PyeongChang 2018
(L to R) IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, POCOG President Kim J.S., IOC President Thomas Bach / PyeongChang 2018

IOC President Bach spoke to a full house / PyeongChang 2018
IOC President Bach spoke to a full house / PyeongChang 2018

POCOG President Kim J.S. welcomed everyone to PyeongChang in four years time / PyeongChang 2018
POCOG President Kim J.S. welcomed everyone to PyeongChang in four years time / PyeongChang 2018

SOCHI - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) welcomed over 350 visitors and international press to PyeongChang House for the event to mark "Four Years To Go" until the opening ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge, IOC Coordination Commission Chair and Executive Board Member Gunilla Lindberg, Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko were in attendance to celebrate with POCOG President Kim J.S., Vice-President and Secretary General, Moon Donghoo, and Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) President Kim Jung-haeng. The attendance included numerous IOC members, TOP Sponsors, Rights Holding Broadcasters, Korean and International Media, IOC administration, NOC and IF officials, and Olympians.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, "I wish the PyeongChang 2018 team continued success in their work to deliver great Games for the athletes and in creating new horizons for sports fans from across the planet through PyeongChang House during Sochi 2014.

"Four years from today, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will begin and the best winter athletes of their generation will become Olympians."

"The journey of those athletes and of the Korean people towards PyeongChang 2018 is now well underway and the presence here in Sochi of the PyeongChang 2018 House shows us all the progress that has been made and reminds us of the vision that the PyeongChang Organizing Committee is working to deliver."

President Kim, added, "This year will be a very critical time four years out to the staging of the Games in preparation for the success of PyeongChang2018. We will strive to host the best Games that will truly open up "New Horizons."
Coordination Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg said, "I would like to commend PyeongChang 2018 for creating this wonderful House in Sochi and I am certain that this exhibition area will allow countless fans and athletes to discover the vision of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

"As we enter the last four years before PyeongChang's Games begin, I am confident that PyeongChang 2018 will be a great success and that the athletes will be very happy with the conditions that await them. When the Olympic spotlight turns to PyeongChang in just 14 days' time, I believe that the world will be surprised and enchanted by what they discover."

The guests were treated to two styles of Korean dancing, traditional in costumes from the Gangwon Performing Arts Company and then a girls dancing team called "Flashe" took the floor and changed the tempo and brought on some Hallyu K-Pop numbers ending with the popular number "Gangnam Style" by Korean superstar PSY.
PyeongChang House is located in Sochi Olympic Park and will showcase the highlights of the host city and the Republic of Korea, located just near the footbridge leading up to the center of the Olympic Cluster.

The interior design of PyeongChang House is inspired by traditional Korean architecture, called hanok while the outside displays the colorful logo branding for the Olympics and Paralympics. It will be a meeting point for the PyeongChang 2018 observer program participants and the Korean Olympic Team during the Olympics and the Paralympics.

The XXIII Olympiad will be held in the mountain cluster of PyeongChang and the Coastal Cluster of Gangneung and will host the world's elite of winter sports for 17 days from 9 to 25 February 2018.

For more information contact:
J.S. RYU, Media Director
Email: j.s.ryu@pyeongchang2018.com
Tel: +7.938.4545807

Yujin KIM, Project Manager
Email: yj.kim@pyeongchang2018.com
Tel: +7.926.7591520

* Please see our flicker page (http://www.flicker.com/photos/pyeongchang2018_kr) for all the photos of the event, and credit PyeongChang 2018.

Web: http://www.pyeongchang2018.com/horizon/eng/index.asp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PyeongChang2018
Twitter: https://twitter.com/2018PyeongChang
POCOG has a media office in the Main Press Center on the second floor.

About POCOG

The PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII Edition of the Winter Games between February 9-25 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Winter Olympics held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports will be on the official program comprising 15 disciplines.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place right after the Olympics March 9-18 2018 with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing.  Five sports are on the Paralympic program that will take place in the Olympic venues.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Olympics · Thomas Bach · Kim Jin Sun · Gunilla Lindberg · Dmitry Chernyshenko


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