As part of his official visit to the Republic of Korea, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge has paid a visit to some of the venues that will host events during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. On Thursday, Rogge was given a presentation of the venues in Gangneung, which will host the ice events in 2018, and visited a Special Olympics event that was being held in what will be the curling venue at Games time. On Friday, the President was briefed about the Alpensia cluster – which will host the snow and sliding events - before visiting a few of the venues.
Speaking after the visits, Rogge commented: “PyeongChang 2018 has made great progress since it was elected in Durban in 2011. The venue concept for 2018 has been finalised, and having seen it firsthand over the past few days, I am confident that the athletes will be impressed by its compactness. With some of the venues already in use, PyeongChang is on the right track to delivering its Games vision in 2018.”
In Gangneung, the IOC President heard from the Secretary General of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), Dong Hoo Moon, about the plans for the different ice venues that will be built for the Games. These included the ice skating and short track venue, the speed skating venue, and both ice hockey venues. The President then attended a Special Olympics short track skating event before visiting the site of the Gangneung Olympic and media villages.
Following an in-depth briefing on the Alpensia cluster, President Rogge was able to visit a few of the sports venues that are already in existence. These included the ski jumping, Alpine technical, and snowboard and freestyle venues. With a lot of snow on the ground in PyeongChang, it was not difficult to imagine the athletes competing in these venues in 2018.
Find out more about the PyeongChang 2018 venues here.