There will be 15,000 volunteers at the Winter Olympics in Korea. © PyeongChang 2018Olympic Games News
Date : 08 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, February 8, 2018: The Olympic Winter Games will open on Friday evening and will finally complete an Olympic Games “double” for Korea after staging the Seoul Summer Games in 1988. With lessons learned from two unsuccessful bids, PyeongChang upheld “New Horizons” as a new slogan and devised a new focus on venue clusters.
Central and local governments, the Korea Sports & Olympic Committee and major companies became one to promote PyeongChang as the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Following the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, this is an opportunity for Korea to show how much its sports, economy, culture and people have developed on a world stage.
It is also remarkable that Korea now plays host to an Olympic Winter Games - 70 years after St Moritz 1948, when Korean athletes competed in their first ever Winter Games.
*There will be 102 gold medals at PyeongChang, compared to 98 at Sochi 2014 and 86 at Vancouver 2010.
*In PyeongChang there will be 92 countries and regions, compared to 88 in Sochi and 82 in Vancouver.
*As for the athletes, the expected number in Korea is 2,925, compared to 2,858 four years ago and 2,633 in 2010.
*Countries participating for the first time are Ecuador (Cross Country Skiing), Eritrea (Alpine Skiing), Kosovo (Alpine Skiing), Malaysia (Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing), Nigeria (Bobsleigh, Skeleton) and Singapore (Short Track Speed Skating).
*15,008 volunteers come from 64 countries.
*82 sponsor companies and public institutions are supporting the Games
*POCOG has received a total of 1.13 trillion Won from sponsors and donations, which is 117% of the initial goal of 940 billion Won. If donations from top sponsors are included, it amounts to approximately 1,360,000,000 Won.
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