POSTED: Friday February 28th 2014

PyeongChang brings home the Olympic Flag and takes over as 2018 Olympic Winter Games Host City

Seoul - Following the successful artistic segment and Hand Over of the Olympic Flag during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, all of the Republic of Korea is excited to host the next Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018.

On February 25th, the Olympic Flag arrived at Incheon International Airport with much fanfare and massive national coverage in the news. Dignitaries who attended the welcome ceremony included PyeongChang Organizing Committee President and CEO KIM Jin-sun; Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism YOO Jinryong; KOC President KIM Jung-haeng; Vice Governor of Gangwon Province, KIM Jeongsam; and Mayor of PyeongChang LEE Seok-rae as well as a number of Korean athletes.

A celebratory festival to welcome the Olympic Flag was organized in Gangwon Province, where PyeongChang is situated, on February 26th. Starting from Chuncheon, where the headquarters of Gangwon Province is located, the Olympic Flag was paraded in all cities and counties in Gangwon Province, including the Host City PyeongChang, and the venue cities Gangneung and Jeongseon.

The ceremony was highlighted by the attendance of the two Gangwon-born Gold medalists in short-track speed skating (women’s 3,000 meter relay), Shim Seokhee and Gong Sangjeong, as well as proud speed skaters and bobsledders.

The festival, which would end on February 28th, brought together thousands of Gangwon Province residents to ignite their passion and reaffirm their will and active participation to successfully host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Olympic medalists joined in the celebrations to further enhance the festive atmosphere throughout the three-day event.

The Olympic Flag will be flown in front of the city hall of PyeongChang to commemorate the first Korean Winter Games.

For more information contact:

J.S. RYU, Media Director

Yujin KIM, Project Manager


POCOG has a media office in the Main Press Centre on the second floor that will be open during the Paralympic Winter Games.


The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) will host the XXIII edition of the Olympic Winter Games on 9-25 February 2018. Over 80 countries and 6,000 athletes are expected to take part in the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Asia in 20 years. Seven sports comprising 15 disciplines will be on the official programme.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place right on 9-18 March 2018, with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic programme.

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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Thomas Bach · Kim Jin Sun · IOC · Olympics · Korea

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