Are you ready for the Games?
Located 180 kilometres east of Seoul, in the mountainous Gangwon Province, PyeongChang yesterday kicked off its countdown to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games! Preparing to host the first Winter Games on Korean snow and ice, the mountain town will mark the beginning of a cycle of Asian Games (with Toykyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 also on the horizon) which chief organiser Lee Hee-beom has welcomed as the harbinger of a new “era of Asia in sport”.
Since its selection as host city in 2011, PyeongChang has been hard at work with preparations for the coming Games. The mascots, white tiger Soohorang and Asiatic black bear Bandabi have already been unveiled and have travelled as far as Rio to help promote the event! Together with PyeongChang’s specially designed pictograms – small images to represent each discipline – which have taken inspiration from the Korean script ‘Hangul’, the mascots will help to root the spirit of the PyeongChang Games in Korean culture. The white tiger, long considered Korea’s guardian animal, symbolises the protection offered to all athletes, participants and spectators, whilst the black bear symbolises strong willpower and courage in Korean folklore – an association that also closely ties the mascot to the Paralympic Values!
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will be held over 17 days from 9 – 25th February, followed by 10 days of elite Para sport at the Pyeong Chang Paralympic Winter Games from 9 – 18th March 2018.
Keep an eye on Get Set for the latest PyeongChang 2018 news and opportunities. With eight new medal events, a potential Nigerian Bobsled team, and the jumps and flips of snowboarding event ‘Big Air’, 2018 promises to be a Winter Games not to forget!
Watch Team GB’s countdown video – one year to go to PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.