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PyeongChang to host 2018 Winter Olympic Games – President Thanks Asia for Victory

Lee Credits Asia with PyeongChang Victory

PyeongChang, South Korea, will stage Asia’s third-ever Winter Olympic Games in 2018. Japan hosted the first two. 

Korean president Myung Bak Lee says the IOC vote in Durban is a win not just for PyeongChang but for Asia as a whole. The entire continent is to thank, he said during Wednesday’s regular radio address, insisting the support of Asia was critical to the success of PyeongChang.

He also assured the Olympics would give South Korea an economic boost while calling for unity during the build-up to the Games, a possible reference to the push among lawmakers for a joint Olympic team with North Korea come 2018.

Lee returned to South Korea on July 11 after a whirlwind diplomatic trip throughout Africa. Along the way, heads of state congratulated him for PyeongChang’s victory.

Bobsleigh Bosses Visit PyeongChang
Newly crowned Olympic host city PyeongChang is the site for this week’s annual congress of the international bobsleigh and skeleton federation.

Members of the FIBT executive committee met Thursday in Seoul before heading east for Friday and Saturday’s proceedings.

Tops on the agenda for the two-day affair are a tour of existing Olympic facilities in PyeongChang as well as the selection of a host city for the 2015 world championships.

Winterberg, Germany is so far the only bid, but cities have until Saturday – also decision day – to submit their applications. Winterberg staged the world champs in two-man and four-man bobsleigh once and in women’s bobsleigh twice but has never held the combined championships.

This will be the first congress run by FIBT president Ivo Ferriani, who won office last September in the federation’s first contested presidential election since 1994.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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