Team Korea Moves into Athletes' Village

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.

Fireworks explode at a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday. Fireworks explode at a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday.

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.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 06, 2014 10:17 KST