Passion in the air: 200 days to go until the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
There are fewer than 200 days to go until the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. This milestone was celebrated by the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, visiting the host city to show his support for the Games. As the nation’s passion and excitement continues to grow in the final few months before the world’s biggest sporting event kicks off in Korea, the 200-days-to-go milestone was celebrated in Seoul and Gangwon Province last weekend.
In his first visit to PyeongChang as Head of State, President Moon Jae-in celebrated the 200-day countdown with Organising Committee staff, volunteers and local residents at the Alpensia Convention Centre, which will be used as the Main Press Centre during the Games. The President discussed the work of the Organising Committee, and thanked staff for their hard work and dedication. The host nation’s President also became a PyeongChang 2018 Honorary Ambassador to promote the Republic of Korea’s first ever Olympic Winter Games.
“For the government, this will be the first major international event since we took office. I believe the government has an obligation to make the Games a success,” declared President Moon Jae-In. “Up until now, the government left this job to the Organising Committee and Gangwon Province. Now with 200 days left, the central government will join forces to make the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games a complete success. This is a chance for the people of our nation to heal and regain hope by successfully hosting the Olympic Winter Games.”
Celebrating the 200-days-to-go mark in Seoul, the PyeongChang 2018 Village was created along the Han River, in Seoul, and will remain open to the public during the Hangang Summer Festival, from 21 July to 20 August. Visitors will be able to experience PyeongChang 2018 in advance through fun activities such as flash mobs, art displays and movie nights.
A special “G-200 Fireworks Festival was held on 22 July in Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province, with more than 200,000 onlookers, including dignitaries, athletes, the media, local residents and visitors to the area highly enjoying the entertainment! While fireworks lit up the sky with multi-coloured stars, the Chuncheon Children’s Choir and a host of other activities, including a dance performance by the Gangwon Provincial Dance Company, amazed the public throughout the evening. Speed skaters Kim Chul-min, an Olympic silver medallist, and Kim Bo-reum, the world record holder in the 3000m and 5000m, gave congratulatory messages to the delighted crowd.
The firework festival will now be a legacy celebration to be held each year in the province to engage the nation and retain the Olympic spirit that is building ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 9 February. “After years of planning and preparation we are now just 200 days away from the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. We are putting the final touches on what will be the biggest Winter Games ever,” said Lee Hee-beom, President of the Organising Committee. “It will also be a Winter Games that will open up new horizons for the Gangwon Province as a tourist destination, and Asia as a winter sports hub for us all to enjoy for many years to come. Now is the time to share the passion and plan your Olympic journey with us. We are ready to showcase the best of winter sports and welcome the world class athletes that will come to PyeongChang to go for gold."
The Games’ opening on 9 February 2018 will bring to an end the 101-day Olympic Torch Relay, which will kick off on 1 November and cover the length and breadth of the country, giving as many people as possible the chance to be part of the Olympic celebrations. A song that will be played throughout the flame’s journey premiered at the firework festival – Let Everyone Shine was performed live by Insooni, the Korean R&B star, who was also appointed as a PyeongChang 2018 Honorary Ambassador prior to her performance.