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  • Toast of Sochi -- PyeongChang Pride


    Gov. JinSun Kim, head of PyeongChang 2018 (left), offers a toast on the four years to go. (ATR)
    (ATR) The 2014 Winter Games are only at the halfway mark, but the next winter host city is rolling out the welcome mat.

    Hundreds of VIPs and supporters of PyeongChang 2018 turned out to celebrate the four-year countdown to 2018.

    POCOG president Jin-sun Kim toasted a crowd that included members of the IOC, former IOC president Jacques Rogge, current IOC president Thomas Bach, and officials from several winter IFs.

    Guests were treated to two styles of Korean dancing, first in traditional costumes from the Gangwon Performing Arts Company. The second -- by a girls’ dance team called "Flashe" -- changed the tempo and brought on some Hallyu K-Pop numbers ending with the popular number "Gangnam Style" by Korean superstar PSY that had even some dignitaries dancing along.
    IOC President Thomas Bach speaking at PyeongChang House. (ATR)

    Visitors also received heavy wool scarves emblazoned with the PyeongChang 2018 logo. Ordinarily, these would be welcome during the Winter Games but not during Sochi's spring-like temperatures this week.

    The venue showcases highlights of the next host city and South Korea. The XXIII Olympic Winter Games run Feb. 9 to 25, 2018.

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