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PyeongChang 2018 unveils victory ceremony details

30 Dec 2017
Seoul, Korea, December 30, 2017: The PyeongChang organising committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games unveiled details of the victory ceremonies at a special event at the Press Centre in Seoul on Wednesday, December 27. Guests and the media were given a close look at the victory ceremony host uniforms, the podium, the awards tray and the gifts that will be presented to medallists. 

They also heard the music that will be played at each of the 103 Olympic and 80 Paralympic victory ceremonies, the first of which will take place at the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza on February 10, 2018. The ceremonies will be staged at the Medal Plaza in PyeongChang’s Olympic Plaza between 7pm and 9pm.

Comprising skirts for women and trousers for men, the uniforms that will be worn by the medal bearers and the athlete escorts each come with a hat and scarf and are designed to keep out the chill of the Korean winter. 

Known as a pungcha, the hat gives a modern twist to a traditional design. Drawing on the Republic of Korea’s national flag for inspiration, the uniforms are red, white and blue in colour and bear a snowflake pattern and characters from the Korean alphabet.

Instead of flowers, medallists will be given a doll of the Games mascot Soohorang wearing a gold, silver or bronze hat and a paper flower known as an uhsahwa. They will also receive a wooden gift adorned with mountain scenes of PyeongChang and characters from the Korean Hangul alphabet spelling out “PyeongChang 2018” in the official Games motif. 

Medal winners at both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be recognised at the venue immediately after their competitions and then again at the PyeongChang Medal Plaza that evening as part of a wider cultural celebration.
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