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Olympic Winter Games

February 5, 2018

Governor General to Attend the
Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang

OTTAWA—At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will attend the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, in the Republic of Korea, from February 7 to 12, 2018.

While in PyeongChang, Her Excellency will attend Canada’s flag raising ceremony in the Athletes’ Village, where she will have the opportunity to tour Team Canada’s facilities and meet with our athletes. She will also participate in the official opening of Canada Olympic House, attend the Opening Ceremony and cheer on our Canadian athletes during various sporting events. During her stay, she will also meet with His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, to talk about the Games and the important connections between our two countries.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary. Timings are indicated UTC/GMT +9 hours. 

Wednesday, February 7
Seoul

Meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea
Her Excellency will meet with the Presidentto discuss the Games, as well as bilateral relations and exchanges between Canada and South Korea.
Blue House
PHOTO OP FOR ACCREDITED POOL MEDIA ONLY—At the beginning of the meeting

Wednesday, February 7
Gangneung

5 p.m.
Flag Raising Ceremony and Meeting with Team Canada in the Athletes’ Village
Her Excellency will attend Team Canada’s flag raising ceremony. Joined by Mrs. Tricia Smith, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Mr. Chris Overholt, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the COC, and Mrs. Isabelle Charest, Team Canada’s Chef de Mission, the Governor General will then visit the Athletes’ Village and have the opportunity to meet our Canadian athletes and coaching staff.
Gangneung Olympic Village
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY— Flag Raising Ceremony
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY—Tour of the Athletes’ Village

7:15 p.m.
Inauguration of Canada Olympic House
Joined by COC President, the Governor General will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of Canada Olympic House. She will address families and friends of our Canadian athletes, representatives of national sports federations, and COC executive members and volunteers. The event will be followed by a tour of the facility. Canada Olympic House will be open to the public from February 10 to 25, 2018.
387-1 Gyo-Dong
OPEN TO MEDIA

Thursday, February 8
PyeongChang

Preliminary Sporting Events
Throughout the day, Her Excellency will attend preliminary sporting events at different venues. Follow @GGJuliePayette on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the Games.
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY

7:30 p.m.
Dinner Hosted by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 
The Governor General will attend a dinner hosted by Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC. Members of the IOC executive board will be in attendance. 
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY 

Friday, February 9
PyeongChang

Preliminary Sporting Events
Throughout the day, Her Excellency will attend preliminary sporting events at different venues. Follow @GGJuliePayette on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the Games.
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY

5:30 p.m.
Reception Hosted by the President of the Republic of Korea
Her Excellency will attend a reception hosted by the President of the Republic of Korea for visiting heads of State and other dignitaries.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY

8 p.m.
Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018
The Governor General will attend the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.
Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY

From Saturday, February 10, to Monday, February 12
PyeongChang

Sporting Events
Throughout the day, Her Excellency will attend sporting events at different venues. Follow @GGJuliePayette on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during the Games.
OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY


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Media wishing to obtain photos of the visit can contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.
This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
To obtain the latest updates, visit www.gg.ca.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca


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