Ivan Skobrev: “In Korea they are waiting patiently for the Russians”

The Russian Olympic Committee together with the Korean National Tourism Organization in the framework of the project called “House of fans of the Russian Olympic team at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Pyeongchang” have realized the Road to Olympic Korea project. Its main task is to support the Russian Olympic team in the upcoming competitions, as well as to promote the 2018 Games in Russia.

Among the participants of the project there are such legendary athletes as: Olympic champions in figure skating Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, silver and bronze medalist of the 2010 Olympic games in speed skating Ivan Skobrev and two-time Olympic champion in Biathlon Svetlana Ishmuratova. They were joined by the singer Anita Tsoy – the honoured artist of the RF, official Ambassador of the House of fans of the Russian Olympic team at the 2018 Games.

“The road to Olympic Korea” shows what “Korean sports and lifestyle” mean.

During the week-long trip to the venue of the future Olympic games, our Champions visited several sports facilities, in particular, the ice arena in Gangneung, where in February figure skating and short track competitions will be held, and ski resort Alpensia in Pyeongchang.

They totally immersed in Korean culture and lifestyle. In the village of Minsokchon in Yongin. The project participants dressed in traditional Korean costumes and went to explore the live of ordinary people.

In Incheon, the Olympians visited the Paradise City entertainment and business center, where they admired the masterpieces of world art, and peeked into the presidential Suite and casino. In Gangneung, the Russians visited the Haslla Art World theme park– a cultural platform for demonstration of works of Korean and foreign artists. And, of course, visit the future House of Fans.

One of the members of the Russian delegation, skater Ivan Skobrev, who won silver and bronze medals at the Vancouver 2010, is sure that in Korea, our citizens will be welcomed heartily.

We were received kindly, so that we couldn’t but like it, said Skobrev in his TV interview. As for the question of Korea’s readiness to host the Olympic games, it is better to address it to the organizers. We haven’t visited all the facilities. Those I’ve seen, meet the highest standards, although, in my opinion, and nothing can be compared with Sochi. The Sochi Olympic games were the best of those I have visited.

It is felt that the Koreans are waiting for the Games, and want the Russians to participate in them. As a resident of the Far East, I can say that in Khabarovsk my friends call me and ask: “Well, shall we buy tickets and tours, book hotels?”. They want to go to Korea and support our athletes. If the Russians come, the Koreans will benefit as well , because there will be much more tourists, spending their money in their country.

In  one word, guys, toe the starting line, struggle and do everything to make Russia win. We believe in you!”.