There on July 6, 2011 when the International

There was complete silence in Durban, South Africa on July 6, 2011 when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Jacques Rogge stepped onto the podium to announce the 2018 Winter Olympics host city. Rogge opened the envelope that had the 2018 Winter Olympics host city’s name and announced PyeongChang. Now the PyeongChang Olympics are only 28 days away and the expectations are high for the Olympics. PyeongChang is a city located in the South Korean province of Gangwon . It is located in the mountains where it snows a lot and the temperature is below zero degrees for about 110 days in the winter. This climate makes PyeongChang a great place to do winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. The Yongpyong resort in PyeongChang was the first ski resort opened in South Korea. Yongpyong Resort has received the title “Best Ski Resort” in 2013 and 2014 at the World Ski Awards. Eighty percent of the locations for the games are all ten minutes away from the Olympic Village. Thanks to high speed trains, it is possible now to travel from Incheon International Airport to PyeongChang in a hour. PyeongChang had lost two bids before obtaining the 2018 Winter Olympics. The 2010 Winter Olympics was awarded to Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics was given to Sochi. Although PyeongChang lost two times, Korean authorities looked through their past failures thoroughly and presented an improved bid for the third time. PyeongChang won the 2018 Winter Olympics with sixty three out of ninety five votes. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25, which is a total of seventeen days. The cities of PyeongChang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon will all be used as locations for games. The Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony, and most snow sports will take place in PyeongChang, while Jeongseon will be the location of alpine speed events and Gangneung will be the location for all ice sports. PyeongChang’s vision for the Winter Olympics is “New Horizons”. It is about wanting to create a new horizon for winter sports and spreading the name of Gangwon Province and South Korea. The cultural new horizon is about tradition mixing with other new ideas from other countries. Geographical new horizon is about allowing more communication between countries such as North and South Korea. PyeongChang becoming an important tourism city is the economic new horizon. The environmental new horizon is about wanting to spread the idea and work of keeping the world a better, cleaner place. PyeongChang’s goal in the 2018 Winter Olympics are to not have language barriers through automatic interpretation and translation technologies and promote tourism in Korea, promote ICT( Information and Communications Technology), and promote connected industries. The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will consist of 102 events with 15 different sports. This will be the first Winter Olympics with more than a hundred gold medals. It will also be the Olympics with the most women’s and mixed events. The mascot of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is Soohorang, a white tiger. White tigers have long been known to be Korea’s guardian animal. Soohorang comes from three Korean letters. “Sooho” means protection and symbolizes protection for those competing in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. “Ho” comes from the word tiger in Korean and “rang” comes from the name of a treasured traditional folk song from Gangwon Province. PyeongChang’s slogan is “Passion. Connected.” and it means several things. Passion stands for the competitive spirit of the Olympics and the loving heart of Koreans. Connected stands for how people of all generations can inspire each other through technology. Though they lost bids, PyeongChang persisted and gave an improved bid. This led to PyeongChang winning the 2018 Winter Olympics and now, Korea’s vision and goals for the Winter Olympics can be completed. All in all, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is sure to become a Winter Olympics that will be one to remember.