Alpensia Sliding Centre

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Alpensia Sliding Centre
알펜시아 슬라이딩 센터
2018 Olympic Sliding Centre
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View of the track at Alpensia
Location Daegwallyeong, South Korea
Coordinates 37°39′13″N 128°40′53″E / 37.65361°N 128.68139°E / 37.65361; 128.68139
Capacity Total: 7,000
Seated: 1,000
Standing: 6,000
Construction
Broke ground March 4, 2014
Construction cost ₩ 122.8 billion
Main contractors Daelim Inc
Website
Track Website

The Alpensia Sliding Centre (알펜시아 슬라이딩 센터) is a bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track that is located in Daegwallyeong, South Korea.[1] The centre is part of the Alpensia Resort located in the county of Pyeongchang. The venue is the first sliding centre in Korea, and the second in Asia.[2]

Championships hosted[edit]

Track technical details[edit]

Construction[edit]

The venue was built by Daelim under the responsibility of the Gangwon Province.[3] The construction cost ₩122.8 billion (about US$114.5 million), to be shared between the country and the regional authorities: National Government 92.1 billion, Local Government 30.7 billion.[4]

The construction of the Alpensia Sliding Centre started in March 2014 and was completed in the final months of 2017.[5]

Characteristics[edit]

It occupies a surface of 177,000 square metres (44 acres), and has a range in altitude from 940 m above sea level at the top of the track down to 800 m above sea level at finish line.[6] The track itself is 2,018 m long (to commemorate the Olympics), and is 1.40 m wide.[3][6] The venue can also hold 7,000 attendants, with 1,000 seats and standing room for the remaining 6,000.[1]

2018 Winter Olympics[edit]

During coverage of the Games on NBC Sports in the United States, the track was referred to as "The House of Speed" while turns 9-12 were referred to as "Run Breaker" for the fact they slowed down the sleds so much that it costs sliders positions, including medals. The best known example was Germany's Felix Loch who was leading after three runs in the luge men's singles event only to have problems during the final run through "Run Breaker", causing the two-time defending Olympic champion to finish 5th.

Turn 2 was named 'Soju' by sliders, after the local Korean liquor, because "it messes you up."

During the Games, the Turn 9-10-11 sequence was christened the name "The Dragon's Tail". Tweak the Dragon's Tail and you'll pay the price. Other Dragon-based names appeared in the Downhill and Slalom courses, reflecting the importance of the Dragon in Korean mythology.

Turn 14 was named The Olympic Curve - inspired by the PyeongChang 2018 logo, set in the ice.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 37°39′13″N 128°40′53″E / 37.6537139°N 128.681389°E / 37.6537139; 128.681389