On Saturday 17 February 2018, amateur skaters in three countries joined forces to “skate together to Korea” and thereby symbolically support their National Olympic Teams. And how did they do it?
All together during the same 5 hours, visitors of the Olympic Festivals in Rogla (Slovenia), Grenoble (France), and Brno (Czech Republic) attempted to reach the distance of 8 688 km which divides the heart of Europe from the Olympic Korea. 1400 visitors of all ages and backgrounds accepted the challenge, put on skates, and together conquered a total of 17 000 laps. Besides the rewarding feeling of doing sport and contributing a common goal across borders, participants also received a multipurpose sport bandana.
Developed by the Sport Parks project consortium with the aim to effectively connect the Olympic Festivals across Europe, the common skating challenge “ToegtherToKorea” was a great success. In Grenoble, it sparked so much interest that the organisers decided to repeat it the following week. The Challenge will serve as an example of a common activity for future editions of the Olympic Festivals.