PyeongChang 2018: Gangneung Style

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By Glenn Kennedy

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GANGNEUNG, KOREA – What an unreal experience so far!

At this time of writing it is Monday morning in Korea and the boys are 4W - 2L. They have had some tough losses and have been playing well and are in good spirits, but these guys do not accept losing lightly... I would not want to be playing them in the next few games.

It is also great to see Team Homan rebound with some big wins to get themselves back in the hunt. With such a great team of talent, it goes to show that the Olympics bring a whole other level of pressure. They will be tough to beat, and all of Canada needs to back them more than ever.

The people here in Korea have been very friendly and accommodating. It's a beautiful country with unreal Olympic venues and surroundings. I am out on my own, about four kilometres south of the curling and hockey venue, in their older downtown area. It has been a great spot but tricky to find familiar convenience locations. Finding food has been tricky, but we have found a couple go-to locations for Korean BBQ and seafood.

Canada House is next to the venue gate, and has been a great home away from home. Unlike Vancouver, it is open to anyone, whereas Vancouver was dedicated to athletes and family only. It has been a great place to gather the group, but does get super-busy in the evenings. We went over to the Czech House a couple nights ago, and plan to visit a couple more over the next few days.

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We were able to snag tickets to the men's Korea versus Canada hockey game the other night. Both teams played very well, and Canada came out on top. The atmosphere was unreal, to be able to watch such a supportive crowd watching an unfamiliar sport. In a world where there is so much negativity, it has been really cool to watch a country back their athletes no matter what the outcome. Every shot or chance the Koreans had against Canada came with huge cheers. What a great experience.