Chongli’s growing snow industry comes as part of China’s quest to become a major country for winter sports — and, they’re succeeding. The capital city of Beijing will host the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Chongli itself will be the competition grounds for several snow events including snowboard, freestyle skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon.
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (July 15, 2016) – President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Tiger Shaw visited PyeongChang, South Korea to meet with heads of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG).
“The Olympic venues look great and it looks like preparations are going well,” said Shaw after his visit. “PyeongChang will become a completely different place after the Games and feel tremendous economic development—like Vail or Park City in the U.S.”
POCOG’s President Lee Hee-beom, along with Executive Vice President of International Relations Kim Jae-youl, thanked Shaw for coming to Korea and asked for support for the Olympic Games from the U.S. “I hope U.S. Ski & Snowboard can help us in gathering international winter sports fans’ interest toward the PyeongChang 2018 Games through next seasons’ alpine World Cup which will be held in Korea,” said Lee. “The experience of U.S. Ski & Snowboard will also be helpful in building our organizational expertise.”
Shaw plans on returning to Korea this season for the women’s alpine World Cup races, and highlighted Korean-American snowboarder Chloe Kim, who is aiming to compete at the 2018 Olympics.