PyeongChang gets ready to welcome the Paralympic Winter Games
The curtain may have fallen on another edition of the Olympic Winter Games, but PyeongChang remains very much at the epicentre of the sporting world’s attention as it prepares to welcome the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games on 9-18 March.
Six sports, 80 events, 670 athletes 100% commitment
Some 670 of the world’s finest Paralympic athletes will converge on the host city for 10 days of spectacular sporting action that will push the boundaries of human endeavour and skill to the limits.
Athletes will compete in 80 medal events across six sports: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboard and wheelchair curling.
Just as at the Olympic Winter Games, the Alpine skiing and snowboard events will take place at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre whilst the Alpensia Biathlion Centre will stage the biathlon and cross-country events.
Meanwhile, the Coastal Cluster will host the ice events, with para ice hockey taking place at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, and the Gangneung Curling Centre will stage the wheelchair curling competition.
Just as it did for the Olympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium will take centre stage on 9 and 18 March as it hosts the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympic Winter Games.
Actualising the dream
As a core part of the hosting process, the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (POCOG) has launched an initiative entitled “Actualising the Dream,” which is aimed at promoting Paralympic winter sports in the Republic of Korea and beyond, raising awareness of Para sport and its athletes, and increasing social inclusion.
The official mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games is Asiatic black bear “Bandabi”. The black bear is closely intertwined with Korean mythology and folklore, as well as being the regional symbol of Gangwon Province. Appropriately, the bear is a symbol of strong will and courage, qualities that are sure to be present in abundance during the Paralympic Winter Games.
Winter sports fans can follow all of the action at https://www.paralympic.org/pyeongchang-2018