Saturday, July 12, 2014

Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Inspection at PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Venues

FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard experts are currently in PyeongChang (KOR) to make their fourth inspection for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018.
The officials are meeting with the sports managers for each discipline, resort staff, KECC Engineering and mountain resort planners, Ecosign for an on-site inspection of the future venues. Just like in Sochi, which were hugely successful for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard, both disciplines will share the same venues in 2018. During the inspections, the requirements for the disciplines are being defined and elaborated in follow-up meetings.
The venues are scheduled to host official FIS World Cup events that will serve as test events in the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons.
FIS Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald commented: "This design challenge is the opposite to Sochi. Now we have a fully functioning ski area, whereas everything was designed at a brand new ski area in Russia. We now need to fit everything into fully operating ski runs and ensure it all fits together and functions. I am confident that in PyeongChang 2018 we will be able to produce another rock 'n roll show, like we did in Sochi and in Vancouver".
FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier added: "We are building on the experience gained from Sochi where Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing already shared the same venues. In collaboration with the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee and the many experienced professionals involved in the project, we have laid the foundations for the next four years and are confident that we can stage spectacular competitions in 2018".

The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compact ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleighluge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

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