Pyeongchang named site of 2018 Winter Olympics!

Shortly after arrival in Seoul, the world found out that Pyeongchang, South Korea will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games! The city was electric with excitement over this HUGE win for the people of the Republic of Korea. We are SO happy for them.

Check out the following stories and news coverage on this monumental achievement:

Reaction to Pyeongchang’s 2018 Winter Olympic win …

“I didn’t expect a victory in the first round, frankly speaking. I thought there would be at least two rounds. But well done, I mean the best one has won convincingly.” — Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee President.

“I had some confidence but I did not expect this number, 63 (votes). I believe that all the IOC members understood our message. I believe that all the IOC members understood our message. They understood it was right time, right place, right now.” — Cho Yang-ho, Pyeongchang 2018 bid chairman.

“Now Rio (Summer Olympics host, 2016) and us have shown other developing countries that with a good bid and a good campaign they can host games, too. It’s a great chance for developing countries to take hope to organize either the Winter Games or Summer Games in the future.” — Park Yong-sung, Korean Olympic Committee President.

Read the full story at USA Today.

 

Winning bid an emotional journey for Kim Jin-sun

From the Korea Herald – For Kim Jin-sun, Pyeong-Chang’s recent victory over two European rivals to win the bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics was a poignant moment. Kim, 64, had been an executive director for Pyeong-Chang’s two earlier, failed Winter Games bids. A three-time governor of Gangwon Province, where PyeongChang is located, Kim is a principal figure that launched PyeongChang’s Winter Games project more than a decade ago.

And when the alpine town beat Germany’s Munich and France’s Annecy in an International Olympic Committee vote in Durban, South Africa, on July 6, Kim could barely contain his emotions.

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Bobsleigh head sure of Pyeongchang success …

From the Korea Herald – Last week in Durban, South Africa, a group of Korean delegates were leaping and hugging each other with joy when the International Olympic Committee finally declared PyeongChang as the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Ermanno Gardella was there too, joining the festive crowd and enjoying the success of PyeongChang’s bid.

“I supported PyeongChang,” said the secretary general of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, or FIBT.

The 69-year-old Italian, along with other officials from the sports governing body, arrived in Seoul on Thursday, and they are now in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, to attend the two-day general assembly of the federation.

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