Winter Youth Olympics opens with celebration of youthful dreams

Flames burn in the Olympic cauldron after being lit during the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Friday. Yonhap

The fourth edition of the Winter Youth Olympics opened in the eastern part of South Korea on Friday with a celebration of dreams for young people and their potential to achieve them.Gangwon Province will be the host of the youth competition, open to athletes between 15 and 18 years of age, until Feb. 1. This is the first Winter Youth Olympics being held outside Europe, as South Korea follows Austria, Norway and Switzerland.

With 1,802 athletes representing 78 nations, it is also the largest Winter Youth Olympics ever. They will be competing in 81 events in seven sports and 15 disciplines. The host South Korea will have the biggest delegation with 102 athletes. The 90-minute opening ceremony was held simultaneously at two locations: Gangneung Oval, the speed skating venue in Gangneung, some 160 kilometers east of Seoul, and Pyeongchang Dome in Pyeongchang, just west of Gangneung.The oval hosted athletes and the main ceremony with performances by dancers and K-pop acts, while the dome held other performances featuring K-pop stars.

Gangneung will hold all ice events during the youth competition, while Pyeongchang will be home to snow events such as ski jumping and biathlon. Pyeongchang was the main host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, with Gangneung also hosting ice events then. Jeongseon, a county near Pyeongchang, will hold alpine skiing and freestyle skiing’s moguls events, while another neighboring county, Hoengseong, will stage the remaining freestyle skiing events — slopestyle, halfpipe, big air and ski cross and snowboarding.All events will be free, and spectators can book their free vouchers online at 카지노사이트킹 There will be cultural performances for visitors on the sidelines.

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