4.1 Winter Games: Korea’s search for legacy, healing

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4.1 Introduction As a second Winter Olympics which is held in Asia after Japan, Pyeongchang finally succeed on hosting the Winter Olympics overcoming the failure of two bidding in 2003 and 2007.  Under the slogan of “New Horizon”, the third time bid emphasized on developing the sports market not only in Korea but also in Asia. Moreover, they appealed to convenient distance between all the venues, which is called it 30 minutes radius as a concept of venues.

Finally, the International Olympic Committee declared the Pyeongchang as the 23rd hosting city of the Winter Olympics in July 2011.Pyeongchang is located in the mid-eastern part of the South Korea and its population has been counted as 43,730 in 2014 (“PyeongChang”, 2017). In fact, Pyeongchang is the smallest city to host the Olympics after the Lillehammer Olympics in Norway in 1994 (“The 2018 Winter Games: Korea’s search for legacy, healing — and fans”, 2017). Therefore, Pyeongchang Olympic will be hosted not only in Pyeongchang but also in Jeongseon and Gangneung area as a sub-host cities. Pyeongchang Olympic will be held from February 9 to February 25 under the slogan “Passion. Connected.

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” This means that Passion stands for the spirit of the Olympics and Koreans’ warm unique hospitality and Connected represents the new beginning of Pyeongchang and the harmony of the world (“Introduction | PyeongChang 2018”, 2018). All games take place in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster (Mountain Cluster : Yongpyong Alpine centre, Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Alpensia Sliding Centre, Jeongseon Alpine Centre, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Bokwang Snow Park) and Gangneung Coastal Cluster (Coastal Cluster : Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung Ice Arena, Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung Oval) dispersed in 12 venues. Six of the them are newly built for the Olympics (POCOG, 2017, p.

30). All facilities have been already completed their construction and waiting for the Olympics.

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