On day 2 of the International Olympic inspection of PyeongChang 2018, IOC members hit the road to tour the Mountain Cluster and stand-alone ski venues.
Light snow and grey skies welcomed commission members on their departure to the proposed Olympic Stadium already constructed at the base of an existing ski jump tower. To make the stadium Games-ready, temporary seats will be added.
Nearby in the Alpensia park, the IOC team also visited built and tested venues for cross-country, Nordic combined and biathlon – each of these venues are within an easy walk from each other and the Olympic Stadium. During the inspection, some of the venues were hosting National Winter Games.
Also within Alpensia, the inspectors visited the site of the proposed PyeongChang athletes’ village.
Later in the day the team traveled to two stand-alone ski venues – first to Bokwang Phoenix Park – the venue proposed for freestyle skiing and snowboard. This venue already exists and can be Olympic-ready with minor upgrades.
The second stand-alone venue is for Alpine Skiing; the IOC members visited the suggested site for the new Jungbong resort. Both venues will be within 30 minutes of the mountain cluster.
Near Bokwang Phoenix Park, the evaluation team bus stopped to greet a gathering of hundreds of local bid supporters, many of whom were in traditional dress including several school children who were entertaining with cultural dance and music. Commission Chairperson Gunilla Lindberg was presented flowers by one of the supporters.
To end the day, the evaluation team returned to Alpensia to visit the site for the planned luge and bobsleigh track, and for Olympic Station – the new train station that would connect the Mountain Cluster with Incheon International Airport, Seoul and Gangneung where the Coastal Cluster is located. When complete, travel time to the airport will be reduced from 3 hours by car to 70 minutes by rail. Travel times between clusters will be just minutes.
A private dinner was planned for the IOC team Thursday evening.
During the IOC tour, hundreds of domestic media personnel reported the team’s every move – some reports say over 160 cameras covered the Alpensia Convention Centre where meetings were held on Wednesday.
On Friday, the IOC team will spend the morning reviewing the remaining bid book themes before they head to the Coastal Cluster in Gangneung to visit existing and proposed venues for ice events including figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating and curling.
The official visit concludes Saturday with a closing press conference.