FIS Final Inspection for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic venues and organisation

Following the ninth and final visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to PyeongChang (KOR) from 29th-31st August 2017 (read full IOC press release here), FIS Officials, including Race Directors in all six Olympic disciplines together with FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis performed their final inspection of the FIS competition sites from 4th-6th September to ensure the events are organised at the highest level.

Key staff from the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee who will be responsible for managing competitions during the Games, the Korean Ski Association, representatives from the IOC Sport and Games Departments, Olympic Broadcasting Services, Omega timing and data services, as well as POCOG Technical Experts undertook the official final inspection of the technical aspects of the venues and participated in a series of meetings which covered detailed operational aspects.

During the Olympic Games next February, 50 FIS medal events will be on offer, including 13 for Cross-Country, eleven in Alpine, ten in Freestyle Skiing, nine in Snowboard, four in Ski Jumping and three in Nordic Combined.

The Alpine competitions will be staged at Yongpyong Alpine Centre (technical events) and Jeongseon Alpine Centre Area (speed events). The Cross-Country venue is Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, while the Ski Jumping hill is located at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, which will also play host to the Snowboard big air competitions. The rest of the Freestyle and Snowboard events will be located at Bokwang Snow Park.

After the extensive Test Events carried out at FIS World Cup level during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, subsequent inspections and meetings have been held to optimise courses and working processes, which are in progress.

The PyeongChang 2018 Sport Managers will present an update of the status of preparations at the upcoming FIS Technical Committee Meetings in Zurich for the final time before the Olympic Winter Games begin.

Sarah Lewis commented: ”We have had intensive days during the FIS final inspection in PyeongChang that have been highly productive for all parties. The various tasks at the four FIS venues and for the functional services could be reviewed and defined between all parties. The spirit of cooperation is extremely strong with a shared objective to deliver outstanding Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.”