Below are some comments sent to us by the USSA from some of our favorite Olympians and upcoming Olympian/X- Games Champion after the IOC decision for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Bill Marlot, President and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Andrew Judelson, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for USSA also commented.
Overall, it looks like everyone is very excited!
“PyeongChang will provide a unique Olympic atmosphere with the compact layout of skiing and snowboarding venues in and around the host city. The proximity lends itself to both fans and athletes’ ability to embrace the Olympic spirit. The entire nation has put an immense amount of effort behind the bid and we’re confident we will see the same enthusiasm during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.”
“The Olympics will benefit from returning to Asia and especially Korea which has become a major global business center. The PyeongChang Olympics will also provide an opportunity for our daytime skiing and snowboarding events to be viewed live in primetime evening hours across America.”
TED LIGETY (Olympic and World Champion who won first World Cup event (giant slalom) in YongPyong in 2006, the proposed alpine technical events venue in PyeongChang)
“YongPyong was a definite highlight of my career in a lot of ways. Up until that point I hadn’t been on the giant slalom podium, let alone won a World Cup. Going to new places is one of the highlights of our sport and it’s cool to think about bringing such a big event like the Olympics to a new part of the world.”
KELLY CLARK (2002 Olympic halfpipe champion and 2010 bronze medalist)
“Korea is going to be a really exciting chance to showcase snowboarding in a new region of the world and see what different cultures can do for our sport.”
ASHLEY CALDWELL (2010 Olympian who won first freestyle aerials World Cup in 2011)
“I’m really eager to visit and compete in PyeongChang. I have never been to South Korea, so I’m looking forward to discovering a new part of the world and putting in the time both in PyeongChang and the USSA’s Center of Excellence to best prepare myself for 2018.”
JEN HUDAK (X Games champion whose sport of halfpipe skiing was just brought into the Games for 2014)
“It’s a really exciting opportunity to bring halfpipe skiing to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. It will be a new sport in a new area for us. As athletes we get to share what we do with a greater part of the word and I couldn’t be more excited.”
TOBY DAWSON (Kim Bong-seok) (Korean born American, won bronze medal in freestyle moguls skiing in Torino in 2006; presenter with PyeongChang bid)
“Sports can be transformative for a young person. It certainly was for me. Skiing gave me the confidence to believe in myself. Giving young Koreans access to winter sports facilities for the first time – that’s what this bid is all about – it’s about hope. I came here today to achieve two things: First, to honor my home country – my people. Secondly, I want to speak for future generations in Korea. I hope you give them the same chance that I received in America in 1981 – to participate, to excel and to succeed. Your support will change the lives of millions of kids. There’s no greater honor than representing your country at the Olympic Games.”