Organizers hope Olympic Games will put Pyeongchang on the map

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Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old Korean American snowboarder from Torrance, is a heavy favorite in the halfpipe and may be a breakout star.

"I try not to feel pressure because that kind of throws you off," Kim said. "But when it does kind of creep into the back of my mind, I try to see it in a positive way, like, these people that are expecting all of this out of me do that because they know I can do it and they believe in me."

There's Maame Biney, 18, who will become the first African American female speed skater to compete in the Games. Veteran snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Kelly Clark both have won Olympic golds. Another 18-year-old, Nathan Chen, will contend for figure skating gold.

"Eighteen years we've been looking at the rings, and now we're here," Chen said.

In recent days, volunteers clad in distinctive red-and-gray parkas scrambled to complete final details. Signs were attached to the information desk at Jinbu Station on the high-speed rail line. Workers added statues of athletes competing in winter sports to a towering art installation at the Alpensia Resort.

And seemingly everywhere -- Incheon International Airport, the high-speed train, the Main Press Center -- the grinning white tiger mascot of the Games named Soohorang watches over the preparations.


"We have put the province on the map," Lee said.

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