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Countdown to 2018 Winter Olympics begins

Dancers in traditional costumes perform during the unveiling ceremony of the countdown clock for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Dancers in traditional costumes perform during the unveiling ceremony of the countdown clock for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. | Photo: AP Photo / Lee Jin-man.

February 08, 2017 04:24 PM

We are exactly a year away from the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. Unlike many of the cities to host the games, most of the venues in Pyeongchang are ready for competition and Team USA’s stars say they are too.

The party has started in South Korea. In exactly one-year, the Winter Olympics will begin in the alpine skiing resort of Pyeongchang.

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There are 13 venues spread across two main clusters. The mountains of Pyeongchang which will host skiing, sliding, and Nordic events.

Coastal city of Gangue will be home the skating events, curling and ice hockey. All are either ready, or ahead of schedule. Many of the stars on Team USA say they are too.

The Americans looking to improve on their strong showing in Sochi -- 28 medals, nine gold, just one short of the U.S. Winter Olympic record.

Snowboard star Shaun White didn't make the medal stand in Russia and downhill great Lindsey Vonn was injured. Both say they're ready bounce back in South Korea.

"To have one more chance at the Olympics, I think is going to be great," exclaimed Vonn.

For up-and-coming snowboarder Chloe Kim, the location will make her Olympic experience even sweeter. Her parents are Korean-Americans.

"My mom's side of the family lives here, so having family here is definitely pretty crazy," admitted Kim.

Construction of a high-speed bullet train to carry visitors from Seoul to the Olympic venues is almost complete.
Officials have promised faster 5G cell service and virtual reality opportunities for spectators at the games.

As the global Olympic family gets ready for 2018 in Pyeongchang.


More information:

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics guide

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