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Five Lessons For Event Organizers from Tonga’s Olympian

Five Lessons For Event Organizers from Tonga’s Olympian

| February 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

Pita Taufatofua became a bit of an overnight sensation in 2016 when the athlete from Tonga marched into the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympic Summer Games bare-chested and drenched in coconut oil, wearing traditional Tongan clothes. And he made headlines again in Pyeongchang by pulling the stunt again in much colder conditions. The fact […]

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Halfpipe is Full of Action

Halfpipe is Full of Action

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

While most of the outdoor events at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games are being held in venues fairly close to each other in Pyeongchang County, freestyle, slopestyle and halfpipe are being held at the Phoenix Snow Park, close to an hour away from the rest of the action. While much of the resort is still […]

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Attendance Holding Strong Despite Concerns

Attendance Holding Strong Despite Concerns

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Coming into the Olympic Winter Games, one of the biggest concerns was ticket sales. In their last update, organizers had reported that about 80 percent of tickets had been sold. But so far, attendance has not been a big issue. In fact, many of the events appear to be sold out or close to it. […]

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An Inside Look at Olympic Park

An Inside Look at Olympic Park

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games has a bit of a large playing field, with events largely taking place in two areas: outdoor events in the Pyeongchang mountains and, 45 minutes away, indoor events in the coastal city of Gangneung. As a result, there are two Olympic Parks, areas where ticketholders can generally walk around, shop, […]

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First U.S. Gold Medalist is a Look into the Future

First U.S. Gold Medalist is a Look into the Future

| February 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Olympic stage is so big that is has the power to turn a virtual unknown into an overnight sensation, and one that can quickly attract the corporate sports world in the form of sponsorships and endorsements. But the press conference held by the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal at the 2018 […]

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North Korean Cheerleaders Captivate the Crowd

North Korean Cheerleaders Captivate the Crowd

| February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

You’ve seen cheerleaders at sporting events before. You’ve likely even seen drum majors call out the songs for marching bands to play. But you’ve likely never experienced anything quite like the group of 200 or so cheerleaders that North Korea has brought to the Olympic Winter Games and who are making their presence known at […]

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Catching Up With USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke

Catching Up With USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke

| February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In recent years, curling has become one of the most popular sports at the Olympic Winter Games, especially among television viewers in the United States. With the sport adding a mixed doubles discipline this year, SportsTravel caught up with USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke at the Gangneung Curling Center to discuss how things are going […]

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Curling Mixes Things Up

Curling Mixes Things Up

| February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are four sports making their debut at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and the first one up this week is mixed curling. Unlike traditional curling, which is divided into men’s and women’s disciplines, each featuring four players, mixed curling is a team of one man and one woman throwing stones and sweeping with the […]

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Tourism Perspective: The DMZ

Tourism Perspective: The DMZ

| February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Part of the goal for the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee in hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is showing off the rich cultural history of Pyeongchang and its surrounding counties in the hopes that when the cauldron flame is extinguished, tourism and travel can thrive here. To accomplish that goal, the committee has made several cultural […]

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Opening Ceremony Delights, Chills Spectators

Opening Ceremony Delights, Chills Spectators

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Opening Ceremonies go, the kickstart to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was a spectacular affair, albeit a freezing one. Wind chills had the temperature in the teens, although a region known for its windy days and nights generally let up on the howling gusts. Nonetheless, each spectator in the temporary […]

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