Passion Crew in action at PyeongChang 2018!
Games volunteers are kitted out and ready to welcome the world
PyeongChang, January 31 – With only 9 days until the Olympic Winter Games officially begin, almost all of our 17,300 volunteers are in Gangwon Province, kitted out in their Games-time uniform from The North Face, and ready to welcome the world as Passion Crew for PyeongChang 2018.
Passion Crew is the name that has been given to the Games workforce for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and consists of a broad spectrum of ages, nationalities and language skills. The average age of the crew is 26.4 years old and has a Korea-international volunteer ratio of 17:1 with 62 countries represented. The largest volume of foreign volunteers come from the United States, then followed by previous Winter Games host nations of Canada and Russia.
Volunteers play a crucial part in the Games, and it is often said they can have an influence in the success or failure of the Games. They are often on the front line and are the first people to meet athletes, officials and spectators, helping them find their way, providing information or just welcoming them with a friendly smile and hello. They have been posted across 17 functional areas including transport, accommodation, press operations, interpretation and sport.
All volunteers have gone through basic training on their roles and wider Games education to give them the tools and knowledge they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability. In their distinctive red and grey uniform, they will be seen across 188 different locations including all Olympic Games venues, and key transport interchanges.
Thirty-three percent of the Passion Crew for the Olympic Winter Games will stay on to work at the Paralympic Winter Games (9-18 March), where more than 7,300 volunteers will be utilised across the different roles required.
One of those will be HA Tae-gyu who is a para-athlete in sprinting, and whose dream is to be a Paralympian at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. This opportunity will give him the chance to experience a Games first hand as he takes on a role with the Sports Department. Another is Dr. Azad Patel from India who worked as volunteer at the 2014 Sochi Games while he was studying at medical school. He will now work in PyeongChang as one of the volunteer doctors having qualified in the interim years.
LEE Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee said, “We have a fantastic crew of volunteers in PyeongChang who are all extremely excited and motivated for the busy weeks ahead at the Olympic Winter Games. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and commitment, and hope that they will have a wonderful Games experience as part of our team.
“From the moment you arrive in the Gangwon Province you will see the Passion Crew in action, ready to support and assist you across a wide range of roles. We want to ensure that everyone who comes to the Games receives a warm welcome and the great service they would accept.”
POCOG Press Office