By United States Olympic Committee | July 31, 2017, 9:08 p.m. (ET)
U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird (center) and CEO Scott Blackmun (second from right) pose with (L-R) Command Sergeant Major Joseph M. James Jr., Command Sergeant Major Richard E. Merritt, Command Sergeant Major Steven L. Payton, General Vincent K. Brooks and Colonel J. Scott Peterson at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea.

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) today announced details of the 2018 WinterFest presented by Hershey’s to be held Feb. 19 at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. WinterFest will celebrate Team USA and the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with American troops, military families and support personnel in Korea.

The event continues a tradition of celebrating Team USA with unique fan engagement events featuring Team USA athletes and live entertainment, and will serve as a special international stop of a to-be-announced tour that will visit cities across the United States in the lead up to the PyeongChang Games.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of WinterFest to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, and to celebrate Team USA and the PyeongChang Games with America’s soldiers and families,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Previous fan tours have visited all corners of the United States and will do so again before the 2018 Games. This unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the military community in Korea means a great deal to the USOC and the members of Team USA.”

Yongsan Garrison is home to more than 21,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel, and serves as headquarters for the United States Forces Korea and Eighth Army, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command.

Working in partnership with U.S. Army MWR and Garrison leadership and staff, today’s announcement is the culmination of months of planning.

“We are honored U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan was chosen as the site for the Team USA WinterFest, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and Directorate of Family Morale Welfare and Recreation,” said Col. J. Scott Peterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. “We have a long-standing friendship with the Korean people, and are honored to host an event that will showcase Korean culture and PyeongChang as the venue for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

The event will feature a live performance from acclaimed musician and Emmy Award-winner Rachel Platten at the Garrison’s Collier Community Fitness Center. 

“I am so excited to be joining Team USA in February in Korea to perform a special concert for the troops and their families,” said Platten. “I have always been such a huge fan of the Olympics, especially the Winter Games, and I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing event.”

Team USA experiential fan tours bring the excitement of the upcoming Games to fans of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. Details for the Team USA WinterFest presented by Hershey’s domestic tour will be announced soon.