With one year to go until the Olympic Winter Games are celebrated in PyeongChang, South Korea, organizers behind the Los Angeles bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 celebrated by staging a street festival in Koreatown.
The Thursday evening event, held in the center courtyard of Chapman Market, featured four lanes of street curling and a pop-up karaoke stage with activities led by Olympians, Paralympians and experts from the Hollywood Curling Club.
The event, LA 2024 claims, “underscored the city’s unified support of hosting the Games in 2024.” The bid to stage the third Olympic Games in the city is supported by 88 per cent of Angelenos according to a poll taken in 2016.
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said “tonight’s event reminds us that LA is uniquely positioned to warmly welcome the world in 2024, both because we are a city that lives and breathes sport, and because we are a city whose unity has been built on a bedrock of rich cultural diversity.”
“It is with great pleasure that we were able to provide Angelenos with an opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, and to try their hand at a beloved Olympic sport – curling – right in their backyard.”
“Angelenos overwhelmingly support LA 2024, and today was an example of the citywide excitement and participation the Olympic family could expect from our city should the IOC elect LA as host city.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will take place next February marking the first time the nation has hosted the snow and ice event. Los Angeles is competing against Budapest and Paris to host the Summer edition in 2024 with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) electing a winner September 13 in Lima, Peru.