Last weekend saw the first of 28 test events, in which the Republic of Korea hosted downhill and Super-G FIS Ski World Cup races for the first time, pass with no major issues and preparations continue for a range of other occasions.
Those include the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Cups, which will be held on the Bokwang Snow Park from February 18, while the Alpensia Sliding Centre – built to host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events – is scheduled for a pre-homologation event in early March.
Yang-Ho Cho, president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), believes his country has already shown it is up to the task of hosting an unforgettable Games.
“It will be a very busy and challenging two years ahead,” he said. “But just this past weekend, we showed the world that we can deliver, and deliver well on our promises to host the world’s best athletes in Korea.
“With the beginning of our test events, POCOG has moved into the operational phase of Games preparation. We are learning many lessons, and we were especially encouraged by the positive response from athletes this past weekend. During the remaining two years, operations will be improved through close cooperation with the IOC, IFs and various client groups to make sure everything is ready.”
There will be plenty more to keep an eye out for in 2016. This year will see the unveiling of the Games’ mascots, pictograms and official look, while volunteers will be recruited and the much-anticipated launch of ticket sales to the general public will take place.
Between now and February 9, 2018, everyone connected with the Games in PyeongChang will be busier than ever as they work towards creating a memorable winter of sporting achievement.