POSTED: Sunday December 20th 2015
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PyeongChang 2018 committed to successfully hosting FIS Ski World Cup

- At the new Jeongseon Alpine Centre next February -

Seoul, December 20, 2015 - The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG, President Yang-ho Cho) is in its final stages of preparations for its first ever FIS Ski World Cup to be held at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in February 2016.

The Jeongseon Alpine Centre, the first of its kind in Korea, is home to the alpine speed events of downhill, super-G, and alpine combined for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games programme.  Scheduled for completion by October 2016, the Centre will also host PyeongChang 2018’s initial test event next February.  FIS Ski World Cup men’s downhill and super-G races are scheduled to be held on the brand new course on February 6-7, kicking off a series of 28 test events.

With a maximum capacity of 6,500 upon completion, the venue is the centerpiece of PyeongChang 2018 vision of expanding winter sports to a wider region.  The Jeongseon Alpine Centre is one of the few downhill courses in Asia, and with its geographic location and access to an emerging and fast-growing Asian market, PyeongChang 2018 aims to open up “New Horizons” and spread the passion for winter sports to the Asian region by providing a new stage and more opportunities for Asian athletes and sports fans.

Designed by Bernhard Russi, the current chairman of the FIS Apline Committee and former downhill Olympic champion from Switzerland, the men’s downhill course will run a length of 2,648m with a vertical drop of 825m.  For the first time in Olympic Winter Games history, the men’s and women’s courses will be combined into one field of play, in an effort to preserve more forest area surrounding the race course.

For the World Cup in February, the venue will be ready for competition with the main fields of play including essential facilities such as the gondola and snow-making systems in place and operational.  POCOG, Gangwon Province, and the Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr are working on a tight schedule to complete the installation of the gondola by 20 January.  Snow-making on the course has started on Wednesday, December 16 and the systems will be operated in full capacity through January to meet the snow quality required for World Cup races.

Relevant staffers from more than 30 functional areas of POCOG are participating in the operational preparations to meet or exceed all FIS technical requirements for a World Cup event.  The organizing committee has already begun recruiting short-term and volunteer workforce to run the event.  A Far East Cup race is scheduled in Jeongseon on January 27-28 as a trial run before the FIS World Cup to prepare the operational team.

The official webpage for the test events of PyeongChang 2018 (http://www.hellopyeongchang.com) was launched on November 30, providing schedule, accommodation and accreditation information for teams and media.

Working closely with FIS and IOC, POCOG and Gangwon Province along with Korea Ski Association are fully committed to delivering the FIS Ski World Cup successfully to the world’s alpine ski athletes and fans.  This event will be the first opportunity for POCOG to welcome top athletes to our venue in the journey towards the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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* Jeongseon Alpine Centre Summary
- Total Area : 1,837,291㎡
- Course Length : 2,648m (vertical drop 825m)
- Practice course Length : 2,971m
- Capacity : 6,500
- Discipline : alpine speed

* Gondola Installation
Some of the concrete foundation required reinforcing, which has already been completed.  All parts will be assembled by December 28, rope pulley installation and splicing by January 6, followed by test runs and final completion by 20 January.
* Helicopters
As per FIS requirements, two medical helicopters - provided by the ROK Ministry of Defense -will be ready and operational on the Jeongseon course.  In case of helicopter needs to transport people or supplies, the Gangwon Province Fire Department helicopter will also be on stand by.

For more information:
CONTACT:   
POCOG Press Office pressoffice@pyeongchang2018.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/2018PyeongChang

About POCOG
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 program.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on 9-18 March 2018, with approximately 50 countries and 690 athletes competing. Five sports are on the Paralympic program.
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POCOG Press Office
The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

Address)  8F, Korean Air Bldg., 117, Seosomun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-813, Korea
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Keywords · PyeongChang 2018 · Winter Olympics · Paralympics · IOC · FIS World Cup


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