(Chuncheon: Yonhap News Agency) Journalist Bo Yeon Lim: ‘Dream Program, 2018’ is to be held on December 10 to 22 Alpensia PyeongChang in Gangwon-do Province and around Gangneung Ice Rink.
Under the slogan “You are champs! We are friends!” 112 teenagers from 26 countries will participate to experience winter sports, and learn about Korean culture and history.
The Dream Program is a program to nurture the world’s rising stars that Gangwon-do Province pledged to the International Olympic Committee during its bid to host the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
After its start in 2004, a total of 1,919 people from 83 countries have participated in the program for 14 years.
Amid the assessment that it contributed to the expansion of the international base of winter sports, 185 participants made achievements by participating in international competitions.
This year’s Dream Program will be the first event to be held since the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, with 91 participants in the general sector and 21 in the disabled sector.
The Dream Program consists of winter sports training and the Korean culture experience program.
The lesson for four snow events (Ski, Paralympic Ski, Snowboard, Cross-Country) and two ice events (Figure Skate, Short track) will be conducted according to the level.
Through the Goseong Unification Observatory, Gangneung Gyeongpo Beach, amusement park, folk village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and Myeong-dong, visitors will be informed of the value of peace, the province’s beautiful natural scenery, and the past and present of Korea.
At the end of the entire schedule, it will also host programs to enhance understanding of winter sports and the Olympics with special lectures by Olympic medalists.
“We will hold the Dream Program even after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to realize the Olympic spirit of fulfilling humanity through sports and promoting world peace,” said Gyeong Ho Jeong, head of the provincial sports department, on the 19th. “We will strive to make the Dream Program safe and successful with history and tradition,” he continued.