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Pyeongchang prepares for 2018

By Associated Press


SOCHI, Russia >> The Sochi Games are heading into their final weekend, so the focus will soon start turning to the next Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Members of the Pyeongchang delegation have been in Sochi trying to learn from the Russian organizers to help them prepare for the 2018 Winter Games. Once the games in Sochi draw to a close, all attention will turn to South Korea, and IOC spokesman Mark Adams playfully teased Jerry Ling, the Pyeongchang 2018 head of games coordination, about the hot seat he's about to take.

"I'm sure you're quaking in your boots," Adams said.

"Before I begin, can I ask for a request that somebody takes a photo of that picture for me, please, because I need to show my son that his father is working here," Ling said with a big grin.

Ling said the Koreans were finding their trip to Russia very helpful as they study best practices and try to ready themselves for their turn in the spotlight. It will be the first Winter Games in Korea and a chance for a city to introduce itself to the rest of the world.

They brought 154 people to Sochi to examine all aspects of the games.

"We will try our best to deliver as much as we can and to (give) you a pleasant stay in Pyeongchang," Ling said with a grin. "So those are the official words I have to say to make my boss happy."

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juscasting wrote:
The only sad thing is that probably by 2018 the entire North East Asia area will be engulfed in war with North Korea.
on February 20,2014 | 11:34AM
localguy wrote:
Really? The hollow north korean army is a toothless tiger. Antiquated weapons, no combat experience, shoddy leadership, no high tech weapons. For the US Military it would be a turkey shoot, similar to what we did to the Iraqis on the "Highway of Death" when we ambushed them. We own the skies and have the most powerful military on earth. North Korea military would be fair game for target practice.
on February 20,2014 | 03:31PM
steveoctober wrote:
Never will be any real war. Civil war, perhaps, but no war outside of the borders. Soldiers will instantly lay down their arms and surrender, sobbing for a chance to feast on kalbi and kimchee from Seoul bbq restaurants.
on February 20,2014 | 04:54PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
There will be No war with North Korea but you can see North Korea from your seat.
on February 21,2014 | 12:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Kim Dum Won, the Fear Leader of the Democratic Republic of North Korea has vowed to send some rockets over the border while the USA plays the National Anthem. He's hired a choreographer to time the blast offs while the Anthem rockets red glare.
on February 20,2014 | 01:08PM
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