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Keep the Flame Alive

Jan 25, 2024

The Olympics always has test events to make sure the venues are in working order and everything is ready to go for the Games. We've got one too--and that's the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that are taking place in Gangwon, South Korea (and using many venues from PyeongChang 2018!).

Alison has wholeheartedly jumped back into double screening, and her maternal vibe is really coming out for these kids. Jill? Well, she has thoughts about the YOG and is still working through them.

On this episode, we cover Days 1-4, including:

  • What officiating/volunteer job would we want
  • Feed beefs -- of which there are many, even though we understand that the YOG are a smaller event
  • A fantastic Opening Ceremony
  • Another great Korean mascot
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsled
  • Curling
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Speed Skating
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard

Plus, Milan-Cortina 2026 delivers another episode in our slidingnovela. Will Italy attempt to build a new sliding track that will be ready to go for the 2026 Olympics and have a legacy plan that's better than what happened to the track built for Torino 2006 (that is no longer operational)?

And World Games: Chengdu 2025 has an opportunity for budding graphic designers. Enter their logo, mascot, and slogan contest! The deadline is February 28, 2024, and you can find more details here.

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Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!


Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.


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