【Winter Sports】Hello PyeongChang Test Events: One Year Before the Paralympic Games
The Hello PyeongChang Test Events took place in Pyeongchang, Korea, one year ahead of the real Games. The world watches whether preparations for the Paralympic Games are moving forward, among various challenges such as lack of snow and insufficiently maintained transportation networks. Here is a photo report of Pyeongchang today.
The Test Events were held in the same venues as the real Games
The PyeongChang Paralympic Games to be held next year from March 9 to 18 will host the six sports of Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing, Para Ice Hockey (Ice Sledge Hockey), Snowboarding and Wheelchair Curling.
The Test Events of each sport took place this year March 4–18, at the same venues as the real Games next year. (The Para Ice Hockey Test Events will start on April 11.) Although the venues were not exactly full of spectators, people of all ages came to watch. Many locals watched the athletes with great interest.
The weather was clear and temperatures were high throughout the event, causing some of the courses including the cross-country course to suffer from melted snow. During the Alpine Skiing events the ski lift stopped working. Considering that such problems may occur during the real Games, however, it was a valuable experience for the attending athletes.
The Olympic Park and Athletes Village are still under construction
Accessibility and volunteer workers at the venues
Wheelchair parking spaces at the Para Ice Hockey venue
A wide slope leads up to the entrance.
The curling venue with its wheelchair slope
Many spectators were in wheelchairs.
Volunteer staff helped the athletes get around.
Here they are loading luggage into athletes' cars as they travel to and from venues.
text&photos by X-1