2018 Winter Olympics
If you visited us last week, you probably read Part 1 of our 2018 Winter Olympics sneak peak. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. Welcome to week 319 (3/5/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday and our second visit to PyeongChang. This time we were at the Bokwang Snow Park (also known as the Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park and the Phoenix Snow Park) (eye roll) to watch a World Cup half-pipe skiing competition.
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Even though there was a World Cup event happening it was business as usual for skiers and snowboarders.
Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park
Grooming the course for the ladies halfpipe final. The person you see on the right standing on top of the ridge is one of the judges. What a fabulous job on a sunny day!
Here we have one of our Canadian ladies coming down the course competing in the final run. I believe this was Cassie Sharpe, her name is a bit muffled on the video, so if I’m wrong, I apologize. Two Canadians finished in the top 10; Cassie Sharpe – 8, Rosalind Groenewoud -10. I think this video is much better than my attempt with the ski jumping.
The winner of the event was Marie Martinod from France.
The men’s event started as soon as the ladies final ended. It was a long one with about forty men competing. One Canadian man finished in the top ten; Noah Bowman at #9. Here he is on the big screen.
The day was picture perfect, and although not packed with spectators there was a tremendous energy around the venue. Fans were not shy in expressing their pleasure for the excellent skiing. Torin Yater-Wallace from the U.S. won the competition.
The ride back to Seoul was long but uneventful. I can’t wait for the high-speed train to begin operation and the 3-hour plus ride from Seoul will be reduced to 1-hour. Considering that accommodation is extremely limited in Pyonengchang and the surrounding area, spectators at the 2018 Winter Olympics should prepare themselves for the commute from Seoul.
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