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Some PyeongChang 2018 News

S. Korea forecast to finish 7th with six golds at PyeongChang

Host South Korea is expected to win six gold medals to finish seventh overall at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which kick off next week, according to a U.S. sports data analysis firm Wednesday.

The recent version of Gracenote's Virtual Medal Table also forecast that Germany will top the medals standing with 15 golds, followed by Norway with 13 and the United States with 11.

According to the U.S. firm's outlook, South Korea will likely claim six golds and three silver medals at its first ever Winter Olympic Games as host. The games begin their 17-day run on Feb. 9.

Its new estimate is one gold medal fewer than its earlier forecast released in January.

The number is equal to the county's previous medal tallies from Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010.

Gracenote said South Korea will obtain all six golds from the ice -- four from short track and two from speed skating.

It said Seo Yi-ra will be crowned champion in the men's 1,000 meters, and Choi Min-jeong and Shim Suk-hee will top the women's 1,000m and 1,500m events, respectively. The women's team is projected to win the 3,000m relay.

The host country is also expected to take both the men's and women's mass start gold medals in speed skating -- the predicted winners being Lee Seung-hoon in the men's event and Kim Bo-reum in the women's. Both skaters ranked world No. 1 in the mass start during the 2016-2017 season.

At the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, a total of 2,925 athletes from 92 countries will compete for a record 102 gold medals.

Athletes' villages in PyeongChang, Gangneung officially open

The Olympic Villages, which will accommodate 2,900 athletes during the upcoming Winter Games, officially opened Thursday.

The athletes' living quarters for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics -- split between one Olympic Village in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, and one in Gangneung, 230 kilometers east of the capital -- had their opening ceremonies, with hundreds of guests in attendance. The construction of the Villages was completed in December, but officials have been preparing other facilities since then.

PyeongChang 2018 organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom, Korean Sport and Olympic Committee President Lee Kee-heung and Gangwon Governor Choi Moon-soon attended the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Village. Gangneung Mayor Choi Myung-hee was among the guests at the opening ceremony for the Gangneung Village.

The national flags of the Olympic participating countries, including North Korea, were all raised at the Villages. The organizers had already hoisted all the flags except North Korea's on Wednesday. South Korea has a draconian national security law aimed at keeping anti-state and pro-communist acts at bay. Under the law, hoisting the North Korean flag is illegal here, but it is being allowed at the Olympic venues for official events approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The PyeongChang Village, located in the PyeongChang mountain cluster, will mainly serve athletes in snow sports, while the Gangneung Village, sited on the coast, will be home to those taking part in ice events.

The PyeongChang Village has eight 15-story buildings, amounting to 600 units. Its Gangneung counterpart has nine 25-story buildings, or 922 units. The two villages can house nearly 7,000 residents, according to the organizers.

The PyeongChang Village will be used for both the Olympics and the Paralympics. The Gangneung residence will only be in use during the Winter Olympics.

Each village is divided into a residential area, an athletes' plaza and an operations area, and includes banks, post offices, convenience stores, laundries, florists, beauty salons, fitness centers and multi-faith centers with prayer rooms. The dining halls will be open 24 hours and will have 450 food choices on the menu, including Korean, Western and Asian cuisines, along with vegetarian food and meals for those with religious requirements.

Arriving delegations will have a welcoming ceremony at the plaza in their village. There is also a venue to stage various cultural events, including K-pop concerts.

The organizing committee said that on the opening day, nearly 500 athletes from 22 nations, including the United States, Japan and Canada, were scheduled to check in. South Korean athletes for snow events will also move into the PyeongChang residence on the same day, while their teammates in ice sports are scheduled to arrive in the Gangneung Village next week.

The first welcoming ceremony will take place at the PyeongChang Village for teams from Jamaica, Brazil, Romania and Belgium on Monday. Host South Korea will have its welcoming ceremony two days later.

North Korea, whose main delegation will arrive at Yangyang International Airport later Thursday, will use the Gangneung Village for its athletes.

The first Winter Olympics in South Korea will run from Feb. 9 to 25.

PyeongChang organizers promise to improve volunteers' working conditions

The organizing committee of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday promised to improve the working conditions of unpaid volunteers in response to reports of excessively long commutes and limited access to hot water at several lodging facilities.

"We're aware that a lot of complaints over poor conditions are being made, as an increasing number of volunteers are arriving at key sites," the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) said.

The committee explained that it will focus on solving inconveniences for 15,000 volunteers by adding more shuttle buses and will also address complaints over lodging accommodations.

The committee runs 38 lodging facilities for volunteers in and around PyeongChang, including in Gangneung, Wonju and Yangyang. POCOG has reportedly received numerous complaints from volunteers of excessively long waits at outdoor bus stops in the region's infamously cold winter weather.

"We're working on adding more drivers and buses during commuting hours," the committee explained.

Complaints of limited access to hot water at several lodging facilities have also been raised by volunteers. POCOG acknowledged the issue and explained that it has renegotiated the terms with the facilities in question, allowing the use of hot water for 24 hours a day.

Lee Hee-beom, POCOG president, noted that there are limitations to what organizers could do to better accommodate volunteers, considering PyeongChang is essentially a rural area with limited infrastructure compared to larger cities.

The president asked for volunteers' cooperation, saying, "The volunteers' participation and activities are crucial to the success of the PyeongChang Olympics."


Some 2,000 volunteers drop out before PyeongChang Olympics

Some 2,000 unpaid volunteers for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics have dropped out even before the multi-sport event begins, officials confirmed Friday, amid rising complaints over their poor working conditions.

"These 2,000 people have already expressed their intention to give up before joining us," said an official from the organizing committee of the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. "We're now watching whether the number of dropouts increases in the coming days."

The Olympic organizer has a plan to commit some 15,000 volunteer workers to the first Winter Olympics on South Korea soil. But many are worried that fewer than the target number of volunteers will actually participate in the event if more people do not show up by the official opening.

Recently, news reports said that those working in advance in key Olympic facilities, such as the Main Press Centre and athletes' villages, are struggling with excessively long commutes and limited access to hot water at several lodging facilities.

The organizing committee promised to give better accommodation to volunteers before the Olympic Games kicks off next Friday.

"We will focus on reducing their inconveniences by improving their quarters and increasing the number of shuttle buses," it said. "We kindly ask all volunteers to take part in the event until the end of the competition."

Some torch-bears for January

Also, Akdong Musician's Suhyun but they didn't give her a tweet. So here's a cute pic of her:

The athletes have started to arrive

5 days to go!

Sources: pyeongchang2018 Twitter, KoreaHerald, Yonhap 1 2 3, coke.style
accioanime 2nd-Feb-2018 11:26 pm (UTC)
Im surprised how excited I feel over these tweets. I thought the hot mess that was Sochi had made me turn away from Winter Olympics but I am hopeful for the results in this one
youtubelargo 3rd-Feb-2018 12:20 am (UTC)
Me too... Winter Olympics were always my favorite and I'm being drawn in again...
vintage_boom 2nd-Feb-2018 11:48 pm (UTC)
surprised canada isn't in the consideration for top 3 :(

so excited for the games! really excited to see who is included in the closing ceremonies party segment too!

Edited at 2018-02-02 11:49 pm (UTC)
mariaslamb 3rd-Feb-2018 12:40 am (UTC)
Canada shines most in the team sports, like hockey and curling, but they don't award many medals. Skiing and skating are the ones were most medals are given.
donaldjdrumpf 3rd-Feb-2018 04:19 am (UTC)
Canada is projected to win 33 medals, considerably more than the 26 in Vancouver or 25 in Sochi, it's just not that many of them are projected to be gold.

Edit: oops they just downgraded Canada to 29 medals. I know a few medal hopefuls have been injured for Canada lately :(

lostintheechoes 3rd-Feb-2018 12:08 am (UTC)
i am pumped! i need to get my olympic icon ready.
daynr 3rd-Feb-2018 01:42 am (UTC)
yay! This post got me so excited! And that "shine" song in those tweets was .... not for me.
ashdevilrun23 3rd-Feb-2018 02:08 am (UTC)
here for team canada

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donaldjdrumpf 3rd-Feb-2018 04:07 am (UTC)
Ugh Virtue/Moir were robbed of Gold by the judges in Sochi. Davis/White skated worse is2g
ashdevilrun23 3rd-Feb-2018 04:32 am (UTC)
Tessa and scott have like no competition this time they'll sweep
I want vengeance for yuna
isaac_of_nine 3rd-Feb-2018 03:56 am (UTC)
Bless Leo, forever winning the gold in bashfulness.
keytfelt 3rd-Feb-2018 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your Olympics posts/compiling all this, OP! I'm so excited for the Olympics, I've got my menu down for my Opening Ceremonies party and I just need to sit down and figure out when things are airing for me. I already know that it's going to be 3 weeks of super messed up sleeping schedule so I can watch the important stuff live.

N is so cute in his vid, lmao. That pic of Suhyun is adorable.
rainstormraider 4th-Feb-2018 12:28 am (UTC)
Here for Canada. <3

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