Losing the previous two bids in 2010 and 2014, South Korea has finally emerged victorious by earning the opportunity to host the 2018 Winter Games. Pyeongchang will be hosting the 2018 Olympics, as chosen by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). It is a great honor for the South Korean people as they are hosting the Olympics for the second time overall, and first since the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.
The chief of the IOC coordination commission stated a favorable response after inspecting the preparations for the Olympics. He said that the government has facilitated the tasks in a most commendable way. The team work by the South Korean organizing committee was specifically praised by the coordination commission.
Even before the commission’s visit to South Korea, the construction for venues had already been began. By July 2012, construction made tremendous progress in the creation of a high speed rail line to join the two cities of Seoul and Pyeongchang.
The most recent visit for inspection was made in 2015. As before, the commission was extremely satisfied with the progress and expressed approval on the completion of the venue master plan.
There are two main venues in Pyeongchang chosen for 2018 Winter Olympics: the mountain resort of Alpensia and the coastal city of Gangneung. The high quality Pyeongchang venues were one of the main reasons behind the South Korean victory in the bidding process.
The Alpensia Cluster
The Alpensia resort will be the spotlight of 2018 games. It consists of venues such as the Olympic Park of Hoenggye for holding opening and closing Ceremonies, the Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium for ski jumping events, the Alpensia Biathlon Centre for Biathlon, the Alpensia Nordic Centre for cross-country skiing events, the Alpensia Sliding Centre for luge and skeleton, and the Olympic Village and the Yongpyong Resort for conducting alpine skiing events.
The Coastal Cluster
The coastal cluster in the city of Gangneung has great stadiums for the Olympics, such as the Gangneung Indoor Ice Rink for Curling, the Union Hockey Centre for Ice Hockey, the Gangneung Sports Complex for speed skating events, and the Gyeongpo Ice Hall for short track speed and figure skating events.
Pyeongchang has the honor of being the third Asian city that received the hosting opportunity for Olympic Games. It has a massive budget, which is far superior to any others for hosting the Winter Olympics. It retains $1.5 billion for actual Game events and around $2-$6 billion for developing the infrastructure projects. This increase in budget is the result of South Korea’s participation in world sports events and its aim to become the top winter sports hub in the Asian region.