Day 3 highlights at Gangwon 2024 Winter YOGfeaturing eight thrilling medal events spanning alpine skiing, bobsleigh, short track speed skating, skeleton, and speed skating.
The much-anticipated curling and ice hockey competitions are also set to captivate audiences.
Gangwon, Korea, saw heavy snowfall over the weekend, which caused scheduling and event disruptions for the 2024 Winter Youth Olympics.
The peninsula is bracing for a harsh cold wave that is predicted to hit the country this week. As of 9 p.m. on Sunday, cold wave advisories were in place for several regions, including the greater Seoul area and Gangwon.
Despite a heavy snow watch being lifted, the provincial government of Gangwon sent out 953 snowplows and 12,237 personnel to clear the roads of snow.
According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the Yeongdong region of Gangwon can expect 2 to 7 centimeters of snowfall by Sunday afternoon.
Goseong and Yangyang counties, as well as the cities of Sokcho, Gangneung, Donghae, Samcheok, and Taebaek, make up the Yeongdong region.
Keep checking the organizing committee's website for updates as the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 get underway on January 31 and continue through February 1.
Volunteers clear snow ahead of the single mixed relay biathlon during the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in Pyeongchang on Sunday.
In the alpine skiing arena, the combined event promises intense competition. Romy Ertl of Germany, vying for a medal after narrowly missing out in super-G, aims to leave her mark.
U.S. skier Annika Hunt, a protégé of Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin's training institution, competes alongside Italy's slalom prodigy Giorgia Collomb, both eyeing podium positions.
In the men's field, Slovenia's Miha Oserban, hailing from the same village as double Olympic champion Tina Maze, emerges as a top contender for gold.
Between Thursday and Sunday morning in Gangwon, Wangsan-myeon, Gangneung received almost 44 cm of snow, while Taebaek received 22.9 cm.
At eight in the morning on Sunday, the province lowered the three-tier emergency alert status from two to one. It was on Saturday afternoon when the level 2 alert was issued.
On Tuesday, when the cold weather reaches its apex, the wind chill in Seoul is predicted to dip to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
The cold air will descend on Sunday night, causing the morning mercury to plunge by over 10 degrees Celsius on Monday compared to Sunday.- Korea Meteorological Administration
Day 3 witnesses the debut of Tunisia in bobsleigh, represented by Sophie Ghorbal and Beya Mokrani in the monobob event. Maja Voigt of Denmark, the favorite for gold, sets the stage for an exciting competition.
In the women's short track speed skating 500m event, Chung Jaehee of the Republic of Korea seeks glory, facing fierce competition from Hungary's Dóra Szigeti and China's Yang Jingru.
The men's event features Brazilian trailblazer Lucas Koo, local favorite Joo Jaehee, and Hungary's Dominik Major.
Skeleton begins with Denmark's Nanna Johansen leading the women's field, facing stiff competition from China's Liang Yuxin.
Speed skating introduces both men and women to the 500-meter event, featuring athletes like Jung Huidan and Liu Hanbin, ensuring high-speed excitement.
For fans eager to catch every moment of the Winter Youth Olympics, live broadcasts are available on Olympic Channel.
Streaming is accessible for free via Olympics.com and the official Olympics app, offering an immersive experience. Replays, highlights, and reactions are also available on-demand.
The weekend witnessed heavy snowfall in Gangwon, disrupting schedules and events. A bitter cold wave is expected, prompting cold wave advisories for parts of the country. Despite challenges, the athletes remain resilient, showcasing their determination on the snowy stage.
The Winter Youth Olympics, set to continue until February 1, promises a spectacular display of youthful talent, connecting nations and celebrating the spirit of sportsmanship.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games at Gangwon 2024 began with eight medal events across various sports, including Alpine skiing, bobsleigh, short track speed skating, skeleton, and speed skating.
Despite weather challenges, athletes demonstrated resilience. Live broadcasts and streaming options will showcase the youthful talent and sportsmanship until February.