1997 Winter Universiade

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XVIII Winter Universiade
Host cityMuju and Chonju, South Korea
Nations participating48
Athletes participating1,406
Events7 sports
Opening ceremonyJanuary 24
Closing ceremonyFebruary 2
Officially opened byKim Young-sam
Torch lighterKim Ki-hoon
Main venueMuju Resort

The 1997 Winter Universiade, the XVIII Winter Universiade, took place in Muju and Chonju (Jeonju), South Korea. The snow sport events were held in Muju Resort in Muju, while the ice events were held in Chonju.

On 6 July 1993 during the 1993 Summer Universiade in Buffalo, FISU decided that South Korea would host the 1997 Winter Universiade. These were both the first winter multi-sport event and Universiade held in South Korea.


The official mascot of the 1997 Winter Universiade is Mudori (무돌이), a squirrel. Its name is derived from the main host county, Muju.



  • Muju Resort – Alpine skiing
    • Ski jumping venue – Ski jumping, nordic combined, opening and closing ceremonies
    • Cross-country skiing and biathlon venue (currently golf courses) – Cross-country skiing, biathlon and nordic combined

Chonju (Jeonju)[edit]

  • Chonju Indoor Ice Rink #1 – Figure skating and short track speed skating
  • Chonju Indoor Ice Rink #2 (currently Hwasan Gymnasium) – Ice hockey
  • Chonju Stadium – Speed skating (on the temporary ice mat)

Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

1 Japan (JPN)99725
2 Russia (RUS)96924
3 Slovenia (SLO)74415
4 China (CHN)64616
5 Netherlands (NED)64111
6 South Korea (KOR)*52411
7 Slovakia (SVK)4004
8 Czech Republic (CZE)2035
9 France (FRA)1214
10 Sweden (SWE)1113
11 Poland (POL)1001
12 Belarus (BLR)0516
13 Austria (AUT)0437
 Italy (ITA)0437
15 Ukraine (UKR)0224
16 United States (USA)0145
17 Bulgaria (BUL)0101
 Finland (FIN)0101
 Romania (ROM)0101
20 Canada (CAN)0011
 Germany (GER)0011
Totals (21 nations)515151153


See also[edit]


  • The Winter Universiade ’97, Muju-Chonju Official Report (’97 무주·전주 동계유니버시아드대회 공식보고서) (in Korean). The Organizing Committee for the Winter Universiade ’97, Muju-Chonju. 25 September 1997.