PyeongChang 2018; Meet the mascots!


Today, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) unveiled the official mascots for the 2018 Olympic an Paralympic Games.


Olympic Games – White Tiger – Soohorang



Paralmypic Games – Asiatic Black Bear – Bandabi



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PyeongChang 2018; Legacy use found for two temporary venues

Gangneung Oval – © Samoo Architects & Engineers
Gangneung Oval – © Samoo Architects & Engineers

The Gangneung Hockey Centre (ice hockey) and the Gangneung Oval (speed skating) will not be demolished after the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) has found a legacy tenant for the Gangneung Hockey Centre. (it will become the home base for local hockey clubs) Also, the national team is expected to use the venues as a trainings facility in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

Both venues were first planned as temporary venues and are currently under construction.


PyeongChang 2018; Venue names announced

ClusterZoneVenueOlympic Ceremonies / SportsParalympic Ceremonies / SportsTypeCapacity
PyeongChang Mountain ClusterPyeongChang Olympic Plaza
PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
Opening and Closing ceremonies
Opening and Closing ceremonies
PyeongChang Medal PlazaMedal ceremoniesMedal ceremoniesTemporary-
Alpensia Sports ParkAlpensia Ski Jumping CentreSki Jumping, Nordic Combined, Snowboard (Big Air)-Existing13,500
Alpensia Biathlon CentreBiathlonPara Biathlon, Para Cross-Country SkiingExisting7,500
Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing CentreCross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined-Existing7,500
Alpensia Sliding CentreBobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge-New7,000
-Phoenix Snow Park (P,C)Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard-Existing18,000
-Yongpyong Alpine CentreAlpine Skiing (Slalom & Giant Slalom)-Existing6,000
-Jeongseon Alpine CentreAlpine Skiing (Downhill, Super G & Combined)Para Alpine Skiing, Para SnowboardNew6,500
Gangneung Coastal ClusterGangneung Olympic ParkGangneung Hockey CentreIce Hockey IIce Sledge HockeyNew10,000
Gangneung OvalSpeed Skating-New8,000
Gangneung Ice ArenaShort Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating-New12,000
Gangneung Curling CentreCurlingWheelchair CurlingExisting3,500
-Kwandong Hockey CentreIce Hockey II-New6,000


Press release POCOG:

PyeongChang 2018 Announces Venue Names for 2018 Games
7 April 2015

Seoul, April 7– The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announced today that it has confirmed the names of Games-related facilities to be used for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

POCOG has undergone the process of incorporating opinions of stakeholders including Gangwon Province, Host and Venue cities as well as national sports federations, and finalized the names that are easy to recognize and friendly to both Korean/non-Korean speakers.

The announced names will be used during the Games-time, but it is also likely to be maintained after the Games as part of the Olympic Legacy.

In order to promote Gangneung as a leading location for ice sports in Asia, POCOG maintained consistency in the names of ice venues by putting ‘Gangneung’ in the names of all ice sports facilities.

Considering that PyeongChang and Jeongson are growing destination for winter leisure sports, POCOG utilized existing resort names for snow sports venues in PyeongChang. These resorts have already staged various world-class competitions.

The venue naming process gave an opportunity for POCOG to bring relevant stakeholders together to strengthen their cooperation as partners under the unified goal of successful hosting of the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

※ Venue Naming Process : Host and Venue Cities (Suggest Venue Names) → Gangwon Province (Consult and Deliberate) → POCOG (Discuss with the IOC and Confirm)

Following discussions with the IOC, PyeongChang 2018 confirmed the names for 20 Games-related facilities including 2 Clusters, 4 Precincts and 14 Venues.

According to the IOC Master Schedule, POCOG is due to submit the names for Games-related facilities by the end of 2016. However, POCOG wishes to raise awareness of the Venues and actively promote the Games from the early stage by using the official venue names in publications, promotional events, etc.

Using the official venue names for the remaining three years, POCOG is also expecting that the brand of PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon will be enhanced and the tourist spots of Alpensia, Yongpyong and Bokwang will be promoted to the world.

POCOG President Yang-Ho CHO commented, “Just like the naming of the Games-related facilities, we will do our utmost effort to promote Host and Venue Cities and to create legacy for the post-games in all measures including the process of construction and operation of the venues.”

※ As for the names of Bokwang Snow Park(P,C), Bokwang Snow Park(P) is derived from the disciplines such as PGS, PSL while Bokwang Snow Park(C) is derived from the disciplines such as Half-pipe, Ski-Cross.


Source: POCOG /

PyeongChang 2018; Ground broken on new speed skating rink

© PyeongChang 2018
© PyeongChang 2018


PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Breaks Ground for New Speed Skating Rink

All six new competition venues are on track for completion to ensure test events will be held during the 2016/17 winter season

GANGNEUNG, October 29 –Today the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) (President Yang-Ho Cho) began construction on the speed skating rink located in the Gangneung Coastal Cluster.

POCOG President Yang-Ho Cho visited the site and said “With today’s groundbreaking, all our competition venue preparations are in full swing and I am confident that there is good momentum in our progress. POCOG will continue to work closely with the central government and Gangwon Province to deliver an excellent Olympic Winter Games in 2018.”

PyeongChang 2018 will have a total of 13 competition venues – 4 existing, 3 refurbished and 6 newly constructed. With the groundbreaking for the speed skating rink, construction work on all 6 new venues is in progress.

The 5 new venues already under construction are expected to be completed by November 2016, while the speed skating rink is due to be delivered by January 2017 in time for a test event scheduled the following month.