Arirang's special program "2018 Pyeongchang, Opening New Horizons" reveals the decade-long campaign that led to Pyeongchang's hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang was confirmed as the host of the 2018 Olympics at the IOC General Assembly in July in Durban, South Africa. After two disappointing failures, Korea and Pyeongchang had finally achieved their dream. The lessons of failed bids in 2010 and 2014 had helped them reach success.
Pyeongchang began its Dream Program in 2004, inviting children from countries without snowfall to experience winter sports for the first time. The program demonstrated to the IOC that Pyeongchang was truly committed to the spirit of the Olympic Games. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Korea took home 13 gold medals and ranked fifth overall, alerting the world to the development of Korean winter sports. Topped with the efforts of the Pyeongchang Olympic Bid Committee, who traveled all over the world to pitch to IOC members at every chance, the campaign was able to bring the Olympics to Pyeongchang.
We hear behind-the-scenes stories from Kim Jin-sun, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Na Seung-yeon, spokesperson for the bid committee, and Kang Kwang-bae, vice president of the Federation Internatinoale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing, and talk to Choe Kwang-shik, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism about the five main strategies needed for a successful Olympic Games.