Monday, March 13, 2017

PyeongChang 2018 : Olympic Test Events

For people who is living in Malaysia, we do not have a chance to experience winter season unless you travel to four season countries. The only winter sport that we can try is ice skating and we might be bad at it. So whenever there is a story about winter and snow, our eyes will be glued to the electronic screen, mesmerize by the white beautiful snow. For once in every four years, we are able to watch Winter Olympic Games and I always watch figure skating games! Really, how can they perform death spiral without falling to the ground?

Do you know when is the next Winter Olympic Games and who is the host? The next Olympic Winter Games will be held in year 2018 and South Korea is chosen to be the host. As I write today, South Korea has exactly 339 days before Pyeongchang 2018 The Olympic Winter Games. This will be the first Winter Olympic Games and second Olympic Games in South Korea. Everyone is excited! After two unsuccessful bidding, South Korea won the majority vote in year 2011. At the end of the day, they put all the work in, and eventually it will pay off!

Today, I want to share about Test Events. Test events are one of the major things to do before the actual games.


FIS Snowboard World Cup 2016/17 - official training day 1  

WHAT ARE TEST EVENTS?

The test events will be a unique opportunity for athletes and officials to familiarise themselves with the competition venues and the host region. It will also be an ideal platform for the public to participate and engage with the events and the Games. In total, 3,000 athletes are expected to participate in the test events – many of them coming to Korea for the first time – as well as 1,000 volunteers.

PURPOSE

- To ensure competition venues are operationally ready, especially the Field of Play and Timing, Scoring and Results system.
- To review operational assumptions and readiness of Functional Areas, delivery partners and stakeholders.
- To test and train venue teams and all venue-related workforce.
- To test elements of Games-time reporting process.
- To enhance public interest leading to the Games.


PERIOD

The test events started on February 2016 and will end on April 2017.


NUMBER OF EVENTS

29 (20 Olympic events, 5 Paralympic events, 2 non-competition events and 2 non-sport events)


ORGANIZER

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


VENUES

ALPENSIA

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre 알펜시아 스키점프 센터

Alpensia Biathlon Centre
- Biathlon
- IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing

Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Nordic Combined

Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
- Nordic Combined
- Ski Jumping

Alpensia Sliding Centre
- Bobsleigh
- Luge
- Skeleton


YONGPYEONG

Yongpyong Alpine Centre 용평 알파인 센터

Yongpyeong Alpine Centre
- Alpine Skiing Technical Events


BOKWANG

2016 FIS Freestyle Ski / Snowboard World Cup: Bokwang Snow Park

Bokwang Phoenix Park
- Freestyle Skiing
- Snowboard


JEONGSEON

Jeongseon Alpine Centre FIS inspection

Jeongseon Alpine Centre
- (Para) Alpine Skiing Speed Events


GANGNEUNG

Gangneung Olympic Park

Gangneung Hockey Centre
- Ice Hockey
- Ice Sledge Hockey

Gangneung Oval
- Speed Skating

Gangneung Ice Arena
- Figure Skating
- Short Track Speed Skating

Gangneung Curling Centre
- Curling
- Wheelchair Curling


KWANDONG

Kwandong Hockey Centre 관동 하키 센터

Kwandong Hockey Centre
- Ice Hockey II

There are a few free entrance events, so take that chance to watch the games. To get more information about the free entrance events or to buy the tickets for test events, you may check out this website : Hello PyeongChang Test Events.

For more information about PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, you may click at the link below:

PyeongChang 2018 Website
PyeongChang 2018 Tickets

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