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Nobody's cares about Bobsleigh in Korea or China... It will be a white elephant after 2018 and 2022.

Some news about the futur WOG disaster in Korea ?

Pretty much. As large of a country that Nacre claims China is, they couldn't successfully make use of every venue from the 2008 Olympics. They had to turn the Water Cube into a water park to keep the public interested rather than invest in their swimming and diving program and make it a national training center. And the Bird's Nest doesn't even have a permanent tenant.

So there's a good chance that Beijing 2022 will be just another Athens 2004 venue situation.

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From all that I see via television coverage, PeyongChang has does a masterful job in presenting this Olympic Winter games,  The venues are impressive and even spectacular.  There appear to be no signi

That awkward moment when PyeongChang's venue preparation is barely behind Rio!

I vote for staging them in Sarajevo!! Rob, it's PCOCOGPG - it's PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Don't let Tony catch you slipping up like that!!

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Google Earth has been updated in the mountain sector and the location and outline of the pentagonal Olympic Stadium for the ceremonies is now visible.

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^^ Indeed. It seems they've started building it. It will be ready by September 2017 and I suposse they will install many things (tunnels?) depending of how the ceremony will go, considering its an arena specially built for them I guess they will have more freedom.

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At least we won't have to worry about delays with the venues on Pyeongchang. Also looks like they kinda toned it down after the money waste which was Sochi. 

The new Samsung Lions stadium which was completed not too long ago. The hexagonal-like structure seems a bit similar to the ceremonies stadium, so I guess the final result will be more or less like pic related but with a larger capacity. .

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7 hours ago, hektor said:

I am surprised about the percentage for the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. I thought there had been a FIS race there last year ?

There were a couple of Alpine World Cup races there in February, but it looks as if only the men's course was ready at that time.

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Yeah. They have a long tradition of working like ants. Rogge even scolded China not because they were delayed but because they were going way too fast with the construction. Korea had everything ready for the 1988 Olympics two years before (though it was also because they hosted the 1986 Asiad). 

Japan might have a couple of issue for the main stadium because of having scrapped the original design but I trust in them.

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I really hope Pyeongchang can present a WOG that gets more nations interested in bidding after the damage that Sochi has done. There are already murmurs of 2026 bids from Europe but let's not forget Europe didn't not bid for 2022, they didn't have the public support. Let's hope Pyeongchang restores some public faith so that democracies will want to host these games again.

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I think the big bid killer here along with just outright expense is legacy.  It doesn't appear PC18 is using temporary venues - sure there will be seating capacity downgrades however we need a couple of Games that prove there is a use for the venues after the Games or that a larger 'temporary footprint' (not that unlike some of what Rio has done) can work in the Winter Games.

Lillehammer/SLC showed that a viable legacy program can be achieved - Nagano and Torino not so much.  Vancouver arguably had the smartest venue plan and Sochi has proven to be a disaster legacy wise thus far.

With PC18 we also have to question how opaque the organisers will be with the final costing figures.  Korea has had a history of construction and political corruption...

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On 7/11/2016 at 9:32 PM, hektor said:

 

Google Earth has been updated in the mountain sector and the location and outline of the pentagonal Olympic Stadium for the ceremonies is now visible.

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First temporary stadium since Albertville in '92. 

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3 hours ago, BigVic said:

Looking forward to the next two games in South Korea and Japan. Two trouble-free games after Sochi and Rio. PyeongChang could restore the Olympic brand 

Organization wise, yes. But as for the costs, many are still scared. While it might not be as bad as Sochi, lets remember the Nagano olympics were a huge cost back in the day (more than Sydney, SLC, and Atlanta combined, due to building everything from scratch), and the bastards burnt the accounting documents after the games ended. So not even Japan is safe from stuff like corruption. 

I heard they were still paying around 1.000 million of euros after this adventure and finally completed it last year, though political figures and many citizens said it was worth the cost. No big surprise, the most expensive venue was the bobsleigh track, because of the manteinance costs, and i'm afraid Pyeongchang might follow the same way with it (though Alpensia has became a very popular winter resort in South Korea since the last decade)

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Nice and compact shape. This gives an idea of the scale, based on the trucks; I expect one side of the Pentagon to be in the order of 100 m; that would give a surface of 17,000 sq-m.

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34 minutes ago, BigVic said:

Looking forward to it. Finally a safe and trouble-free Olympic Games after the problems of Sochi and Rio. Is the stadium going to be a permanent structure or demolised like Albertville's 

converted after I believe.

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PyeongChang on track to complete construction, deliver eco-friendly Olympics

2016/09/26 08:00

 

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is on its way to complete venue construction on time as the country aims to make its first ever Winter Olympics an environmentally friendly event.

With the 2018 Winter Games now 500 days away, the South Korea host city PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul, and other two towns in Gangwon Province -- Gangneung and Jeongseon -- are ramping up their preparations to welcome athletes and visitors from around the world.

A dozen venues -- seven for sports on snow and five for events on ice -- will be used during the Olympics. Six are being constructed, while six other existing venues will be refurbished for the quadrennial competition.

The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) said the six new facilities are, on average, 88 percent complete as of Friday. Jeongseon Alpine Centre, the lone venue in Jeongseon about 20 kilometers east of PyeongChang, is about 73 percent complete, showing the slowest progress among the six new venues, but the organizers said major facilities venues will be completed by the end of this year.

These venues will face real inspections from November to April 2017 as 21 test events will be held during that period.

Construction for non-sports venues is also underway. The Olympic Plaza, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be staged, is about 20 percent complete, and the organizers aim to finish construction by September 2017.

The athletes village and media village are also scheduled to be completed in about a year, while the International Broadcast Center is expected to be completed by April 2017, the POCOG said.

Construction work is underway at Gangneung Olympic Park on Aug. 22, 2016, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)

Construction work is underway at Gangneung Olympic Park on Aug. 22, 2016, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)

PyeongChang's preparation is also being carried out under the vision of making "low carbon Green Olympics."

   The organizers estimate some 1.56 million equivalent tons of CO2 are to be emitted during the PyeongChang Games, which is roughly 30 percent of that emitted for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. According to the POCOG's "Green House Gases (GHGs) Inventory Report" published last year, it aims to offset 100 percent of GHG emissions by 2025.

In order to reduce GHG emissions, the POCOG is working towards providing electricity to venue cities by organizing a wind plant complex, building facilities to utilize geothermal and solar energy and expanding the use of electric cars. PyeongChang plans to power the Games' 190 MW of required electricity entirely with renewable energy.

The POCOG also vowed to minimize the damage to Mt. Gariwang, where the alpine ski slope is constructed, and announced it will restore the natural habitat there once the Games end. The organizers said it combined the men's and women's courses into one field, the first such attempt at the Winter Games, to preserve more forest area around the course.

For the Olympic legacy, South Korea plans to utilize twelve sports venues and the Olympic Plaza after the Games. Eleven of them already have post-Games usage plans.

The organizers are mulling over using Jeongseon Alpine Centre and Gangneung Oval, a speed skating events venue, as training bases for national team athletes and a leisure complex. The Olympic Plaza is likely to be used as a museum or memorial hall for the Winter Games, adding that the details of the after-use plan will be completed next year.

Although the venues are getting ready, the POCOG hopes the government will increase its financial support. The POCOG claims an additional 600 billion won is needed to prepare for the event, and it wants at least 400 billion won in support by the government or public sectors.

The National Assembly Special Committee on Governmental Support for International Sporting Events and the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Friday adopted a resolution urging the Seoul government to increase its support in the finance and administrative areas.

Lawmakers on a special committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics inspect Gangneung Oval, the venue for speed skating events, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Aug. 19, 2016. (Yonhap)

Lawmakers on a special committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics inspect Gangneung Oval, the venue for speed skating events, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Aug. 19, 2016. (Yonhap)

 

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2016/09/23/0200000000AEN20160923009200315.html

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