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Five fantastic venues for PyeongChang 2018

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view of the FIS World Freestyle Cup 2016/2017 Moguls and Aerials venues at Bokwang Snowpark on February 13, 2017 in PyeongChang-gun, South Korea. The venues will be used for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

South Korea have built and renovated a total of 13 venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics – here are five of the best:

 

Olympic Stadium

 

 

Hosts the opening ceremony on February 9th and closing ceremony on 25th. When PyeongChang originally bid for the Games, it planned to hold the ceremonies at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre (below). Afterwards it was decided that a new stadium should be built for this, plus all medal ceremonies. The stadium is a 35,000-seat pentagon based in Hoenggye.

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre

Home to Gangwon FC, making them probably the only football team in the world with a ski jump next to their pitch. The stadium is nestled in the Taebaek Mountains and will have 11,000 seats for the Games. It will host the nordic skiing as well as ski jumping.

Phoenix Snow Park

The centrepiece of the Games. Perched on Taegisan Mountain, Phoenix is the finest ski resort in South Korea, with 22 slopes and a stunning location. It will hold 18,000 spectators for the Games – 10,200 seated and 7,800 standing – for both snowboarding and skiing.

“We want to ensure they (athletes) have their time of their life with the best facilities possible. We are well on the road to achieving that.
“Infrastructure including the high-speed rail (connecting Pyeongchang with Incheon airport) and highways are already done. We will be the biggest winter Games ever and we aim to be the most athlete-focused.”

Lee Hee-beom, president and CEO of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Alpensia Sliding Centre

Luge, bobsleigh and skeleton will be held here. The track is exactly 2,018m long and starts at 940m above sea level, with the finish at 800m. Holds 7,000 spectators and organisers say it is one of only 16 such facilities in the world.

Gangneung Ice Arena

Will host figure and speed skating. Completed last year and has two rinks – one for training and one for competition. Has a 12,000 capacity and impressive facade, which is lit up at night.

 

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