Ivo Ferriani Highlights PyeongChang 2018 Legacy Beyond Venues at Gangwon 2024

Discover the lasting impact of PyeongChang 2018 as Ivo Ferriani, IBSF President, applauds Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics for leveraging the legacy in both venues and people.

Ivo Ferriani, the President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), expressed admiration for the Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics in effectively leveraging the legacy of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. In an interview with Xinhua on Monday, Ferriani emphasized that this legacy extends beyond physical venues to encompass people.

Gangwon 2024, held from January 19 to February 1, inherited all existing venues from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Ferriani noted that although a comprehensive analysis will take five to six years, the current operations are running smoothly.

“Organizing the Games is one thing, but after the Games, that is a big challenge,” Ivo Ferriani commented. “Here you see, not just our sliding center, but also the ski jumping center, and all the venues here in Gangneung, now everything runs perfectly.”

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Highlighting the essence of the legacy, Ferriani stated, “The legacy is not just about venues; it’s about people.” He credited the concerted efforts of venue managers, athletes, and coaches for transforming PyeongChang into a robust international training center, fostering the growth and development of players worldwide.

As a former bobsledder, Ferriani noted that the consecutive Winter Olympics in South Korea and China have significantly boosted the sport’s popularity in Asia. He remarked, “Because Asia is becoming stronger and stronger, we have nations that never took part before, like Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. We expect more Asian nations [will soon be] participating.”

Ferriani emphasized that Asian countries do not necessarily need more venues but should maximize the use of existing facilities. “We want to use the existing competition tracks we have today. One of the most important is in Yanqing. When we are here, this fantastic track is in PyeongChang; we also have a track in Nagano, Japan.”

In addition, the Italian sports administrator offered advice to young Asian athletes, suggesting they explore the best training opportunities through the IBSF academy.

Ferriani outlined the IBSF’s commitment to creating role models in the sport, stating, “We have to create a good role model for our athletes. Our champions are the promoters.” He drew parallels with legendary skier Alberto Tomba, emphasizing the importance of creating influential figures to spark interest and focus on the sport.

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