The Czech Republic will be represented by 94 athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and they have an extra special venue in the city to call home.
The 2018 Olympic Czech House Czech House was unveiled this morning, ahead of the official opening ceremony that will kick off the start to this year’s games later today.
The Czech House is located on the shores of Gangneung, South Korea, a short distance from the Olympic Village. While the small mountain town of Pyeongchang (not to be confused with Pyongyang, North Korea) is the official host to this year’s games, the indoor events and most accompanying celebrations will take place in the nearby coastal metropolis.
And at the Czech House, visitors that include athletes and fans can enjoy – what else? – Czech beer provided by Pilsner Urquell.
At a ground floor restaurant, traditional Czech meals and snacks to go along with the beer will be provided daily.
The venue even houses its own Czech bakery, with 80 loaves of bread prepared daily by Pekařství Karel Rendl, who will also supply the Slovak House and athletes from both countries.
For fans who want to get in on the action, Czech Tourism has prepared a special virtual reality exhibit that will take players down the slopes on a sled.
While recently re-elected Czech president Miloš Zeman didn’t make it out to South Korea for this year’s winter games, Slovak president Andrej Kiska was on hand for the official unveiling of the Czech House this morning and had only good things to say about the venue and his neighboring country.
“I will definitely cheer for the Czechs,” Kiska told reporters. “I always root for them if they do not play against us.”
“I say with pride everywhere that there are no two nations in the world that are as close as we are. Our families are interconnected, my son lives with his family in Prague. We have amazing relationships. And now, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Czechoslovakia. ”
“It is a beautiful haven for sportsmen and advertisement for your country,” Kiska said of the Czech House. But he also threw in shout for his own country’s venue: “Come to [the Slovak House]. We have good borovička and slivovice, halušky and skalický trdelník. ”
This year’s Olympic Czech House was designed by Petr Kolar, who designed previous Olympic houses for the country in London 2012 and Rio 2016. Kolar’s Czech House in London was rated by the AP as the best of Olympic Houses at the 2012 games.