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  1. Tokyo 2020 Mascots

    We will know the three candidates for Mascot this December 7th. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/20/national/olympic-organizers-send-details-mascot-contest-elementary-schools-nationwide/#.WhYgtB-AOUl
  2. America always saves the Olympics when they're doing badly. I think we all know the history with both LA84 (and now LA2028). If SLC has all the support and preparation to host the games, then let them come. It will be a good rest from three asian olympics in a row and on a market we know it wont be dealing with lack of interest (i'm looking at you, Pyeongchang).
  3. Like Mark said, they needed space to bring the cranes in order to install the prop lifting system above, unless you wanted the wood to break. It will be symetrical. Take a look at the pic I posted of the interview with the ceremonies producer. There is a render of the final stage. All sides will be covered by a partially inclined slope (I wonder why they're doing that). The external outer ring of the stage seems to be most likely for the Parade of Nations. There also seems to be a temporary small stage at the top of the staircase leading to the cauldron (maybe the Olympic and Korean flags will be there a la Kazan 2013?) The problem is they had to halt abruptely because of the K-Pop concert and had to install temporary steps leading to the central stage. They will most likely be removed.
  4. Tickets

    Nagano did had some loss of money (though far from bad as Sochi and Rio), though the citizens of the city still feel proud of the 1998 games and if you talk to any of them they will tell you it was worth it. I think it will be the same for Pyeongchang/Gangneung citizens. Like Puppy said, they will do what they can to fill the arenas, even if its with schoolkids/eldery people or giving tickets for free. I'm mostly worried by the economic loss these games are going to bring now because of it. However, i've noticed the Government and the Organizing Comittee are doing much more agressive campaigns to sell tickets. They recently opened a new website called HelloPyeongchang. I think it's part of this new campaign since it seems to be aimed at national citizens (no version on english) https://www.hellopyeongchang.com
  5. I don't know how much trustable is this source. Seems to be a korean newspaper but still though, I suggest you take it with a grain of salt. http://www.sisaweek.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=99175 According to the article, Area A will be for the IOC Officials/Dignitaries/Government officials/President, which was kind of obvious at this point. However it seems Area B will be reserved for the families of the athletes. Area C is where the Athletes will make their entrance to the stadium. Area D will be a main building which will stay when the stadium is dismantled after the games (sans the roof). Sadly it doesn't mentions where the athletes will be seated.
  6. Robert Mugabe

    Sadly I don't think they will get too better anytime soon given the ZANU party still has most of the power (and the guy the army was rooting to be Vicepresident isn't precisely a saint, having been minister of Mugabe in the 80's and acussed of killing people as well). But even they roared in cheers inside the parliament when the announcement was made. At least this didn't ended in yet another Civil War which would had just worsened things more than they already are.
  7. Well, they need protection from both snow and wind (in fact it was snowing when these pics were taken). I remember the lights/cameras were all covered with special glass for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, for example. Also that angle makes the Cauldron look bigger than it actually is.
  8. Some more new pics. Seems like this week the IOC is doing their final evaluation to Pyeongchang, we're getting lots of pictures.
  9. Tickets

    This article by Eurosport is very interesting at trying to do an insight of what's causing the sluggish sales of tickets. They conclude that, ever since Kim Yu Na retirement from sports, as well for many of the original speed skating team, the interest on Winter Sports in South Korea started to wane, as they don't feel confident enough to go watch games where they won't be winning. Despite Yu Na still being pretty much the face of PC2018 (and most likely the final torchbearer), this is not enough for them. A bit silly if you ask me, considering South Korea did had winter champions long before her (see Albertville 1992) IN KIM YUNA'S ABSENCE, KOREANS HOLD OUT FOR A PYEONGCHANG HERO http://www.eurosport.com/figure-skating/pyeongchang/2018/in-kim-yuna-s-absence-koreans-hold-out-for-a-pyeongchang-hero_sto6416290/story.shtml For many South Koreans, interest in winter sports started and finished with their figure skating queen. "I don't really know anyone other than Kim Yuna," said 19-year-old Jung So-yeon when asked who she would be cheering for during the 2018 Games. Lee Chae-won, 14, told Reuters she hoped the Games would make more South Korean athletes household names. "I can't think of any (winter sports) athletes other than Kim Yuna," she said. "I hope the coming Olympics will be an opportunity for us to get to know more of them." Former Prime Minister Han Seung-soo downplayed Kim Yuna's absence and said it was political upheaval that had served to dampen enthusiasm for sport. "Interest in the Pyeongchang Olympics has been declining mainly due to the political chaos which prompted candlelight vigil across the country, ultimately ousting former President Park Geun-hye," Han, who led Pyeongchang's unsuccessful bid for the 2014 Games, told Reuters. But while South Korea was indeed caught up in the maelstrom of a president's impeachment, Park was removed from office eight months ago and new President Moon Jae-in has since restored a sense of calm to domestic politics. Some observers have also highlighted the impact of security concerns on ticket sales, though worries about North Korea's nuclear and missile programs are more likely to drag on international purchases rather than domestic sales. With the clocking ticking down to the Games, there seems little time to craft a new narrative of Korean athletes going for gold at the 2018 Olympics. The short track team should add to their record 21 golds while the patchwork ice hockey squad woven together by former Stanley Cup winner Jim Paek has the potential to deliver the kind of 'David v Goliath' storyline the country can respond to. However, the stage could also be set for an 'anti-hero' to ruin the mood, with Russian short track skater Viktor Ahn ready to return to his native South Korea seeking to end is incredible career on a high. Viktor AhnImago Ahn won his first three Olympic golds for Korea in Turin but after losing his place in the team due to injury and falling out with the Korea Skating Union, switched allegiance to Russia and won three more in 2014. His Sochi success sparked an outcry in South Korea as the country demanded to know why Ahn had felt forced to defect. While Russia's participation remains in the hands of the IOC due to continuining concerns about its anti-doping programme, Hanyang professor Park said a repeat performance by Ahn in February could spoil the Pyeongchang party. "As host nation, South Korea wants to win as many medals as possible," added Park. "So (if Ahn wins) it would give rise to a sense of bitterness." Additional reporting by Hyun Young Yi, Yuna Park and Choi Haejin
  10. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    I hate to correct you, but Belarus aren't much of buddies of Russia these days anymore. Lukashenko realized his own country completly lacks an identity (they even discarded their own native language in favor of Russian) and is scared his country faces the same fate of Ukraine, so he's trying to sit on two stools now. In the past I would agree they would had been the first to jump to support Russia, but not anymore.
  11. The stadium also has flagpoles. That reminds me from both Calgary and Albertville, when the flags of all the participating countries were raised. It was a very nice/solemn detail i wish it was kept in other ceremonies. I think they will most likely be already there but one can hope they might make a return of it on Pyeongchang.
  12. Teams Outfits for 2018

    Icepeak will dress Finland for Pyeongchang 2018. They presented the outfits some days ago. http://www.icepeak.fi/news/finnish-olympic-team-will-rise-to-international-forefront-of-sports-fashion
  13. Nice shot from both the Olympic Stadium, Alpensia Ski Jumping and....is that the Medals Plaza?
  14. Fresh new pics from inside the stadium. Prop lifting system is being installed at last. Also it seems it snowed a bit
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