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Athletes from around the world arrive in PyeongChang

PyeongChang 2018Olympic Village IOC/Dave Thompson
02 Feb 2018
PyeongChang 2018, Olympic News
It is often said that the Olympic Games are special because they bring the world together in peace and harmony. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the Olympic Village, where the world’s best athletes prepare for their competitions side-by-side with fellow competitors from the four corners of the world. With the Olympic Village now officially open, we take a look at how the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and athletes coming to PyeongChang 2018 are living this unique experience.

The excitement is building as the teams count down the days:

Athletes, like Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana, are feeling the love as their friends, family and fans wish them good luck as they leave for PyeongChang (who are you cheering for?):

The advance teams have been decorating the Olympic Village with some national pride, as they get ready for the athletes to arrive:

They’re also working with the outstanding PyeongChang 2018 volunteers – the Passion Crew – to make sure that the athletes’ experience is a great one:

More and more teams are arriving every day:

Some athletes and teams have had long journeys to get there:

Some are taking in the sights in Seoul before reaching PyeongChang. Here, Ben Simons from Team GB Bobsleigh and some team mates check out the legacy of the Olympic Games Seoul 1988:

Other athletes, like Alex Rigsby of Team USA, are getting kitted out before hitting the Olympic Village:

Then they finally make it to their new home for the next three weeks. Welcome Deanna Lockett and Andy Jung from Australia:

Irene Schouten from the Netherlands takes some time out for a picture in front of the iconic Olympic rings:

Or perhaps, like Team USA’s Brian Hansen, they just want a good night’s sleep:

Even the teams’ mascots are getting ready:

Once they’re settled in the Olympic Village, the athletes can give their whole focus to their sport by heading out to train and checking out their venues. Luke Bodensteiner, US Ski and Snowboard’s Chief of Sport, has some good news for the athletes competing on snow:

With only seven days to go, time to get ready to show your passion and cheer on your team, as the Republic of Korea and PyeongChang 2018 welcome the world.

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