February 06, 2014 10:17
Korea's Olympic delegation officially entered the athletes' village in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday, becoming the 18th country to do so among the 88 participating countries.
Some 30 staff and athletes attended a welcoming event, including Kim Jae-youl, the head of the delegation, and speed skaters Lee Kyou-hyuk, Lee Sang-hwa and Mo Tae-bum.
The delegation was welcomed by Irina Slutskaya, vice mayor of the athletes' village, on behalf of pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who is now serving as village mayor. Slutskaya, a two-time Olympic figure skating medalist, gave Kim a matryoshka doll as a welcoming gift.
Over 2,500 athletes from 88 countries will compete for a total of 98 gold medals in 15 disciplines at the Winter Games. Korea is fielding its largest-ever squad of 71 athletes in six disciplines.
The opening ceremony will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium with a seating capacity of 40,000 at 8:14 p.m. (20:14) on Friday to symbolize the year in which the Games are being held.
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