Wednesday October 29th, 2014

The president of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, said the preparation of all of the competition venues for the Games is on schedule, according to The Associated Press

Committee president Cho Yang-ho visited a site Wednesday where construction of an 8,000-seat speed skating venue has started and said all six of the new competition venues are on track to be ready by the test event dates. 

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"With today's groundbreaking, all our competition venue preparations are in full swing and I am confident that there is good momentum in our progress," Cho said.

In all, there will be 13 different venues at the Pyeongchang Games. The speed skating venue was the last one to break ground and is on schedule to be completed by January 2017, which is a month before the official Olympic test event.

Other new venues are expected to be completed by late 2016 and will host Alpine skiing, luge, skeleton, figure skating and short track skating.

The organizing committee recently decided to build a 40,000-seat venue in Pyeongchang for the opening and closing ceremonies. Originally, the plan was to hold the ceremonies outside of the host city. 

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Pyeongchang won the bid for the 2018 Olympics over Munich, Germany and Annency, France.

- Molly Geary

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