The world is excitedly gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, attributable to kick off on 9 February in Pyeongchang, the snow-dusted mountainous area in South Korea’s Gangwon-do. One of probably the most anticipated sporting occasions in years, the video games will see one of the best athletes from all around the world competing for greatness over a two-week interval. In order to organize, South Korea labored across the clock to organize twelve venues, an Olympic Ceremonial Hall and two athlete’s villages. If you weren’t already excited for the forthcoming video games, right here’s an inside look into the place the motion can be going down.
Completed final December, the villages for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games (which happen eight – 18 March) have already welcomed their first friends. Throughout each units of video games, the PyeongChang and Gangneung villages can be used to deal with over 9000 athletes and crew officers, consisting of 1522 items designed to supply home comforts. The villages additionally have amenities like banks, publish workplaces, common shops, health centres and wonder salons. Both of the villages have been designed to permit for brief travel occasions to the competitors venues close to each.
Alpensia Sports Complex
The majority of the occasions within the winter video games will happen throughout two “clusters”, separate giant areas containing complexes and venues for particular person sports activities. The first is the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster, which homes the Alpensia Sports Complex. Inside the $1.5 billion resort are venues for the biathlon, cross-country snowboarding and ski leaping.
Olympic Sliding Centre
Also positioned on the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster, the 7000 capability Olympic Sliding Centre will home the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton tracks, and was one of many final of the venues to be accomplished for the video games, with development ending in 2017.
Phoenix Snow Park
With area for 18,000 spectators, the large Phoenix Snow Park within the Alpensia Sports Complex will host two of probably the most thrilling occasions of the video games, the freestyle snowboarding and snowboarding.
Jeongseon Alpine Centre
The spectacular wanting Jeongseon Alpine Centre will play host to the alpine snowboarding occasions, together with women and men’s downhill, super-g and alpine mixed. The venue has the capability to deal with 3600 seated followers and one other 2900 standing.
Yongpyong Alpine Centre
While it’s nonetheless positioned inside the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster, the Yongpyong Alpine Centre is exterior of the Alpensia Sports Complex. Sitting close to Barwangsan Mountain, the monitor will host the slalom snowboarding occasions.
Kwandong Hockey Centre
A second group of venues for the winter video games is contained inside the Gangneung Coastal Cluster, which has two ice hockey rinks. The first, the Kwandong Hockey Centre, has 6000 seats for spectators throughout its 5 storeys, and can play host to the women and men’s crew tournaments.
Gangneung Curling Centre
A venue that has hosted main competitions since 1999, the Gangneung Curling Centre was renovated for the forthcoming winter video games, and can see athletes from all around the world competing in single curling and blended doubles.
Gangneung Hockey Centre
The new construction can accommodate as much as 10,000 followers over three ranges, and can host each women and men’s crew tournaments.
Gangneung Ice Arena
The Gangneung Ice Centre will see skaters dealing with off in each the women and men’s singles in addition to crew skating and paired skating. The venue may even host ice dancing occasions.
With a 400-metre double monitor, the Gangneung Oval will host women and men’s velocity skating, together with crew pursuit and mass begin occasions. The venue has the capability to carry 8000 spectators throughout 4 ranges.
Can’t make the Games? Check out Lonely Planet’s recommendation on snow sports activities in South Korea, together with how one can go snowboarding or snowboarding on the Olympic venues your self.