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PyeongChang unveils emblem for Paralympics


The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) unveiled its emblem for the Paralympics Tuesday at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.

“The true meaning of Paralympics lies in transcending barriers between people and people with physical challenges and creating a society without prejudice,” POCOG President Kim Jin-sun said. “The emblem is the symbol of the movement.”

The emblem is designed using the Korean character, “Chang,” which stems from the last syllable of “PyeongChang.”

The shape of the word embodies snow, ice and winter sports, and the use of two “Changs” symbolizes the harmony between Olympians and Paralympians, the POCOG explained.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven attended the ceremony and received a memorial tablet from Kim.

“On behalf of the IPC and the whole Paralympic movement, it gives me great pleasure to be here for the launch of the PyeongChang emblem,” Craven said.

The former wheelchair basketball player said it is meaningful how far the Paralympic movement has come since 1988, when the Seoul Games achieved a milestone by hosting the Paralympics directly after the Olympics for the first time.

Philips said he still has “great memories of my time here,” noting that the Paralympics will bring much more than just sporting events.

“I can absolutely promise you the Paralympians here in PyeongChang will deliver a transformation of societal perception and will create new horizons for millions around the world,” Craven said.

President Park Geun-hye did not attend the event but delivered a congratulatory message through Yoo Jin-ryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

There, she promised to give “sincere” support for organizing the event and encouraging the public to pay more attention to the “valuable” competitions.

Yoon Seok-yong, the president of Korea Sports Association for the Disabled, and Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon also attended the ceremony and promised their respective cooperation.

The Paralympics will be held from March 9 to 18 in 2018, following the Olympics from Feb. 9 to 25.



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2 Days ago marked 4 years until the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games - http://www.insidethegames.biz/paralympics/winter-paralympics/2018/1018812-celebrations-held-to-mark-four-years-to-go-until-pyeongchang-2018-paralympics - Source: Inside The Games.

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Would be nice to see the games continue to expand - at the very least expanding the snowboarding (and ideally reworking Snowboard Cross so it's more like the Olympic version rather than just a 2 out of 3 run time trial).

They also need to introduce Women's Sledge Hockey - they can't just keep pretending the mens version is "mixed".

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PyeongChang 2018 Unveils Paralympic Pictograms

350 Days to Go until the Paralympic spirit slaloms into Korea



PyeongChang, March 24 – With 350 days to go, the official sport pictograms for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, comprising of six images, were unveiled today by the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG).

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games vision is to open up New Horizons – the hope of enlightening people around the world to discover Korea and what the country has to offer, as a winter sport and travel destination through the world’s largest sporting event. The pictograms are designed to showcase this vision using Korean alphabet known as Hangeul.

Like the Olympic pictograms that were launched at the start of the year, the lines of the Hangeul letters are reflected in the pictograms representing the six Para sport disciplines for the Paralympic Winter Games. The uniqueness of these symbols cement the identity of the Games and also introduces Korean history and culture to their global audience.

The six Paralympic winter sports are Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing, Para ice hockey, Para snowboard and wheelchair curling.

POCOG President LEE Hee-beom said: “The Paralympic pictograms were designed in such a way that they are easily identifiable with the sports they represent and they tell a story about Korea and our culture. Every Para athlete will bring their amazing spirit and passion to the Games and we see that shine through across all six sports that the pictograms represent. Now is the time for people to create their own passion and excitement around the Paralympic Games and also learn more about Korean culture.”

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “The launch of the pictograms marks another landmark in the build up to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

“The pictograms will serve as a communication platform to help raise awareness of the six Paralympic winter sports across multiple channels between now and the Games.  They will help to assist all those engage in the Games by giving them an idea of what they can expect when the event opens on 9 March.”

From 9th – 18th March 2018, these emblems will come to life as more than 650 athletes compete for glory.

Tickets for the Paralympic Games will go on sale later this year and people can look forward to 10 days of fun and excitement that will build on the back of the energy and exhilaration created across PyeongChang from the Olympics just a few weeks prior. Heroes will be created, memorable moments will be captured and experiences will be shared that will never be seen again in the mountains and on the ice.

Before then there is one final Para test event on the calendar in the Gangneung 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships from 11-20 April at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. The top five teams will automatically earn their spot for PyeongChang 2018 so the teams will be counting on some passionate and vocal crowds to cheer them onto glory.

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Medals to be awarded at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Parlympics were unveiled Monday, with a nod to the Korean culture and traditions.

The competition's organizing committee said the Paralympics medals are based on the same design principles of the medals for the Winter Olympics, in that both have been inspired by the Korean culture and its alphabet, hangeul. Lee Suk-woo, a South Korean industrial designer who designed the Olympic medals, also produced the Paralympic medals.

The Paralympics will take place from March 9 to 18.

This photo provided by the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics on Dec. 11, 2017, shows the medals to be awarded at the competition. (Yonhap)

The medals are 92.5 millimeters in diameter and 9.42 millimeters in width. They have the hangeul consonants of the words PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games engraved around the edge. Traditional patterns, including clouds, mountains, wind and wood, each symbolizing the nature of PyeongChang and its home province of Gangwon, grace the obverse.

The Paralympic Games' symbol of three agitos are on the front side of the medal, with the Paralympics' logo and the name of each sport featured on the back.

The Paralympic medals' lanyard has much the same design as that for the Winter Olympics, in that both have snowflake patterns embroidered on "Gapsa," a type of cloth used in the traditional Korean dress of hanbok. Light teal and light red were used in consistency with the look of the quadrennial competition.

The curved pattern of the medal case was inspired by the Korean traditional beauty, the organizers said.

At the PyeongChang Paralympics, 133 sets of medals will be awarded across six sports and 80 events.

"The Paralympic Winter Games medals for PyeongChang 2018 are a symbol of equality, creativity, culture and passion," said Lee Hee-beom, the top organizer of the competition. "The work that has gone into the design and manufacturing of the medals has been world class, and we are all looking forward to the moment when the first medal will be awarded to the world's best Paralympic athletes next year."  (Yonhap)


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