Officials from the British Olympic Association (BOA) have become the latest team to inspect progressat Pyeongchang 2018, with less than three-and-a-half years until the next Winter Olympic Games.
A delegation, led by BOA secretary general Bill Sweeney, underwent a briefing session with Games organises in which updates were provided in relation to a number of major projects, including National Olympic Committee (NOC) services, accommodation, the Olympic Village and transport facilities.
They then visited competition venues, including the Sliding Centre, the location for Great Britain’s bid to win a third successive female Olympic skeleton gold in Pyeongchang, following wins for Amy Williams at Vancouver 2010 and for Lizzy Yarnold earlier this year in Sochi.
Skeleton gold for Yarnold in the Russian resort was accompanied by men’s silver and women’s bronze in curling, as well as a slopestyle snowboarding bronze medal for Jenny Jones, for Britain’s best Winter Olympic performance for 90 years.
The European nation are keen to build upon this success and getting an early glimpse of the venues is seen as a key aspect of the first stages of preparations.
“This was our first trip out to Pyeongchang ahead of the Games in 2018,” Mike Hay, head of Sport Engagement, and, as Chef de Mission, a chief architect of the successful performance in Sochi, told insidethegames.
“Their master plan suggests that it will be a very compact Games in terms of venues which would make it extraordinarily exciting for athletes and spectators alike.
“We had really open and informative discussions with the Organising Committee and look forward to seeing everything progress over the coming months and years.”
Nick Butler, insidethegames.biz