PyeongChang 2018Olympic Games News
Date : 01 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, January 31, 2018: The Olympic Village will open in PyeongChang on Thursday, February 1 and will welcome athletes from six National Olympic Committees that will be competing at the Winter Olympics for the first time. They are Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. Here, the IOC turns the spotlight on the new Winter Olympians, and the OCA highlights the two NOCs from South East Asia. To read the full article, see: www.olympic.org.
MALAYSIA: JEFFREY WEBB (ALPINE SKIING) AND JULIAN YEE ZHI JIE (FIGURE SKATING)
The tropical State of Malaysia is making its Winter Games debut with not one but two competitors. Chronologically, it was young skier Jeffrey Webb, 18, who secured the first ticket to PyeongChang, in the slalom and giant slalom events, at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Very much inspired by his idol, Marcel Hirscher, Webb competed at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo and finished 15th in the giant slalom and 10th in the slalom. Based in the US, he has skied from a young age. His two races in the 2018 Winter Olympics venue of YongPyong have given him experience at the highest international level.
At the end of September 2017, figure skater Julian Yee posted on social media a photo of himself in front of the Olympic rings at Gangneung Olympic Park, where he will perform his short programme and free skate on February 16 and 17.
The photo was posted with this comment: "It has been a long, tiring and meaningful journey. The milestone has been achieved and Malaysia will for sure be at the 2018 Winter Olympics! I've finally made it! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and given me the strength. Without you guys it would be impossible."
Julian, who was eighth at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, qualified for PyeongChang on September 29 when he finished sixth in the 49th Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany. He is also a four-time Malaysian champion and won the gold medal at the South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last August.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has emphasised the pride of a whole country preparing to be wowed by its champions!
SINGAPORE: CHEYENNE GOH (SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING)
At 18, Cheyenne Goh becomes the first Singaporean athlete to compete at the Winter Games. Based in Canada since the age of four, she began practising ice hockey and then turned to speed skating.
Having competed in four ISU World Cup events - with a best result of 20th place in the 1500m in Shanghai - Goh clocked up enough points to allow her to write this page in her country's sporting history. Her event, the 1500m, is pencilled in for February 17.
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