Tonight, South Korea’s new Olympic stadium will be on display.
But it is not a new sight to a local high school student who has already seen and discussed it with the country’s president.
Young Jae Park is a junior at Elyria Catholic and entered a contest last summer to carry the Olympic torch. When he lost, he entered another contest to create a plan for PyeongChang after the Olympics.
“How we use Olympic stadiums after the Olympics ends,” he said.
It was the subject of a national essay competition. Hundreds of people applied and Park won.
The honor earned him a flight back in December to meet the the country’s president, which he did for “ten minutes or twelve minutes” about an idea to transform the new main stadium into a permanent training facility for South Korea’s winter athletes.
“A lot of winter Olympics athlete must go to foreign countries for training,” he said.
That was not his only honor, either.
Park also rode aboard the president’s private train, which is something reportedly which has not been done by “ordinary” citizens since 1979.
Though he plans to watch the Olympics closely, particularly the ski jump, Park’s bigger plan is to ultimately see what becomes of the buildings.