THE VENUES

Action Asia - - OLYMPIC SPIRIT -

In early 2018, the eyes of the world will be on South Korea as Pyeongchang hosts the 2018 Win­ter Olympics on Fe­bru­ary 9-25, fol­lowed by the Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games on March 8-18. Venues are split be­tween the Pyeongchang Moun­tain clus­ter, where most of the ac­tion takes place, and the Gangne­ung Coastal clus­ter, home to the curl­ing, ice hockey and speed- and fig­ure-skat­ing. Sev­eral ex­ist­ing re­sorts have been up­graded for the Games, with another cru­cial piece of in­fra­struc­ture be­ing the new high-speed rail link to Seoul and the in­ter­na­tional air­port at In­cheon. The re­sorts in­clude Yong­py­ong, which will host the slalom and gi­ant slalom ski­ing; Alpen­sia, with the cross­countr y and ski­jump­ing; and Bok­wang, also known as Phoenix Park, with the freestyle ski and board events. Jeon­seong, or High One, will host the blue riband down­hill events, the su­per-gi­ant slalom (known sim­ply as su­per-g) and the com­bined (down­hill plus slalom). The Olympics has of­ten been a prov­ing ground for new tech­nol­ogy, with pre­vi­ous Games in­tro­duc­ing colour TV and satel­lite broad­casts. 2018 prom­ises to be the most ‘con­nected’ Olympics yet, with the coun­try’s tech gi­ants keen to make the most of hav­ing the world’s at­ten­tion. Build­ing on tri­als at the Rio Olympics, Sam­sung is plan­ning VR stu­dios on site and in Seoul for those want­ing an im­mer­sive view. To en­sure a real-time ex­pe­ri­ence, the na­tional tele­coms op­er­a­tor, KT, is rolling out a 5G net­work with speeds of up to 20 Gbps. With feeds in­clud­ing – for the first time – hel­met cams on se­lect ath­letes, it prom­ises to be a thrilling way to tap into that Olympic fever.

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