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PyeongChang 2018 One-Year-to-Go Ceremony kicks off with Dotkkabigige from the Gangwon Province Art Association.
The party starts for PyeongChang 2018


11 Feb 2017
Gangneung, Korea, February 9, 2017: More than 9,000 spectators flocked to Gangneung Olympic Park on Thursday evening as the party started for the one-year countdown to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, from February 9-25, 2018. The ceremony was held at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, and followed a day of landmark announcements including the design of the torch, the uniform of the torchbearers and ticket sales details. 

The retired figure skating queen Kim Yu Na – champion at Vancouver 2010 and silver medallist four years later at Sochi – lit up the evening with her presence as PyeongChang 2018 Ambassador and she was joined on stage by rising talent Magnus Kim, the cross-country skier who was one of the stars of the Winter YOG in 2016.

Enthusiastic and engaging performers entertained the crowds as PyeonChang and Gangwon Province showed off its rich cultural and sporting heritage. The Olympic flag was raised before Korea’s Acting President and Prime Minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, gave an address. This was followed by a speech from Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the Coordination Commission of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Prime Minister Hwang said: “Today’s event is indeed a meaningful occasion where we can envisage the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, one of the world’s largest festivals celebrated by everyone around the world. 

“Until the day the Olympic flame is carried to the host city of PyeongChang, let us all lend our hands in ensuring the success of the Games. I wish to ask you for even more support and interest in the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, which is just one year ahead of us.”

The evening reached its climax with the countdown ceremony of one year to go. The night was filled with fire performances and bright lights which symbolised the flame of the Olympic Torch. The Olympic Torch was then unveiled along with the torch bearer uniforms, before K-Pop singers completed the entertainment.
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