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WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES - PyeongChang 2018

     

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Number: 1124
Value: 5.80 HRK
Design: Mario Petrak, designer, Zagreb
Size: 35.50 x 29.82 mm
Paper: white 102 g, gummed
Perforation: Comb,14
Technique: Multicolored Offsetprint
Printed by: AKD d.o.o., Zagreb
Date of issue: 7/2/2018
Quantity: 150,000


We are going to see six new disciplines in fifteen winter sports in Korea. Records in terms of numbers and variety are going to be broken once again. Alpine skiers are going to lead the Croatian team. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the red and white checkers are also going to be recognized on the bobsled track and the ice skating surface.


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We do not typically associate Korea, especially South Korea, with the Winter Olympic Games. However, this is going to change in 2018. South Korea lost the Winter Olympic Game race to Vancouver in 2003 and then again to Sochi in 2007. However, PyeongChang became a member of the Olympic family in 2011. Thirty years after the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, the world of sports will be congregating on the Korean peninsula once again – wearing warmer clothes this time. Unfathomable changes have taken placed during those thirty years. The Cold War has ended, many new countries have been created, the Homo sapiens have advanced at a much faster rate compared to all the history. Of course, sports have also changed. We are going to see six new disciplines in fifteen winter sports in Korea. Records in terms of numbers and variety are going to be broken once again. From February 9th to 25th, 2018, during those days of peace and sports ceremonies, a friend –Soohorang, the guardian white tiger – the game mascot, is going to look after us. All events will be taking place within a 30 km radius. The opening and the closing ceremonies, as well as most of the winter sports events, will be hosted by 43,703 residents of PyeongChang, a small town in the Korean Alps. They will wait for us at the elevation of 700 m above the sea level where people lead the happiest and longest lives. They will give us their flower, the royal azalea and show us their favourite animal, the mandarin duck. Winter sports athletes and their guests will carry home the message of a harmonious life between the nature and its residents. They will receive bowls as a present and they will admire the white swans of Gangneung, a city with 210,274 residents that is the number one tourist destination in South Korea. Jeoneseon has been reserved for the fast alpine skiing disciplines where the nature had outdone itself in terms of beauty. There are 39,502 residents living there who, in addition to their unique winter owl, also gift visitors with anemone bouquets. The host of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games is alluring as well as the athletes who are promising us the most exciting games ever. Alpine skiers are going to lead the Croatian team. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the red and white checkers are also going to be recognized on the bobsled track and the ice skating surface. Once again, the Croatian postal Olympic stamp is making a contribution to the global sports festival. We would like it to also fly as the dove of peace to the north of that artificially divided nation. Mićo Dušanović, sports journalist

Number: WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES - PyeongChang 2018
Type: C
Description:   Motif: ski jumper The stamp was issued in a 9-stamp sheetlet with a label, and Croatian Post also issued a First Day Cover (FDC).
Date: 7/2/2018

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