As soon as Lee Jung-min (17), a promising freestyle ski player, finally ignited the torch for the opening ceremony of the 2024 Gangwon Youth Winter Olympics (Gangwon 2024), hot cheers rang out in Gangneung.
Gangwon 2024 kicked off with the simultaneous opening ceremony of the Gangneung Speed Skating Stadium and the Pyeongchang Dome, the site of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The Gangwon 2024, which will take place in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, Jeongseon and Hoengseong in Gangwon Province from Wednesday to September 1, is the largest Winter Youth Olympics ever and the first Youth Olympics to be held in Asia, with 1,802 youth athletes from 78 countries worldwide participating. The host country will have 102 athletes, the largest number among the participating countries.마카오카지노
The theme of the opening ceremony of Gangwon 2024, whose slogan is “Grow Together, Shine Forever,” is “Let Us Shine.” The concept of selecting the final winner of the torch also shone just like the theme of the competition. While selecting a world-class star player who usually represents a country at the adult Olympics to maintain thorough security until the very end, Gangwon 2024, a festival of global youth who love sports, chose Lee Jung-min, a promising ski boy who is “a very ordinary being” and dreams of a brighter future than anyone else, as the final winner.
“This is the opening ceremony that we make and enjoy together with the youth,” said Oh Jang-hwan, executive producer of the opening ceremony. K-pop stars have been chosen as future stars with more potential than existing stars. They consistently prepared the theme “Everyone is a star, everyone shines,” and Yang Jung-woong’s “We are all one microcosm, and each of us is precious.” A meaningful torch lighting story was created, in which everyone is the main character.
About 8,000 spectators cheered when Yoon Seong-bin, an “Iron Man” who won the first Korean skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang six years ago, appeared at the Gangneung Oval and started torch relay as the first runner. The moment when Pyeongchang 2018 and Gangwon 2024 were again connected.
The second runner-up was Park Ha-eun and Ga-eun, “short track sisters” with intellectual disabilities, who won gold medals at the Paralympic Winter Sports Festival. It was the Olympics for all disabled and non-disabled youth. Park Seung-hee, a two-time short track speed skater at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, took over as the third runner-up and delivered the victory to Lee Jung-min, the final winner.
At the age of 13, he decided on the path of a player just because he likes skiing, and his life’s motto was “There is no brake in my life,” and “ENFJ,” a boy born in 2006, equipped with an infinite positive mind, lit the flame of Gangwon 2024 with a strong determination to “show my skills with confidence without being discouraged in Gangwon 2024.
The world’s first digital torch was also introduced for the flame-lighting, the highlight of the opening ceremony. Flames rose along with the ignition of a real fire in Gangneung Oval, and outdoor digital torch was also lit with LED images. The digital torch, which adopts the anamorphic technique, reflects weather changes such as snow and wind in three dimensions. The torch to light up Gangwon Province by the 1st of next month, and the Olympics for future generations contain an eco-friendly and sustainable message.
After the meaningful torch lighting, K-pop rising stars, including 24-member multinational girl group Triple S, 8-member multinational boy group Loonate, hip-hop artist Ash Island from “High School Rapper 2” and rapper and producer Changmo, and youth players from all over the world combined with exciting dances to the six-member alternative pop band Ilchi and Ambiguers Dance Company’s “Boom Coming Down.” The performance of “Let’s Shine Together” decorated the night of the midwinter festival.
Starting with the opening ceremony, the race of future Olympic champions will begin on Tuesday. Korean dreamers will also take on the challenge of their host country’s pride. The men’s and women’s short at Gangneung Ice Arena from 11 a.m. on Tuesday
Kim Yoo-sung, Joo Jae-hee, Jung Jae-hee and Kang Min-ji will challenge for their first gold medal in the 1,500-meter rack. Kim Min-ji, Kim Hye-won and Lee Ju-hee will compete in the women’s 10km biathlon at Alpensia Biathlon Center, while Jonathan, Hwang Tae-ryeong and Park Min-yong will compete in the men’s 12.5km biathlon. In the group event, the curling mixed team (Kim Dae-hyun, Kwon Joon-yi, Lee So-won and Jang Yoo-bin) will hold its first match at Gangneung Curling Center with Brazil, while the women’s ice hockey team (Jang Seo-yoon, Jang Hyun-jung, Han Yu-an, Han Ye-jin, Han Chae-yeon, Lee Mi-won, Kim Ji-min, Na Se-young, Park Joo-yeon, Shim Seo-hee, Choi Seo-yoon, Park Jeong-hyun and Ahn Se-won) will face off against China at Gangneung Hockey Center. Kim So-yoon in the women’s single at Luge Women’s Single and Kim Ha-yoon and Bae Jae-seong in the men’s Double. Jang Sun-woong and Yang Seung-chan will participate in the men’s ski jump Normal Hill individual event, while Kim Ye-bin, Joo Tae-tak and Hwang Se-rim will participate in the men’s and women’s snowboarding cross.