President Rogge, members of the IOC, good afternoon.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been seven weeks since we met in Lausanne.
Since that time, I’ve been training harder for today than most of my competitions.
And just like in Lausanne, I’m still a little bit nervous.
After all, to be part of this process, it’s very humbling for some in my age.
It is humbling because you are making history today.
And I get to be a small part of it.
I remember feeling the same way when I competed in Vancouver.
10 years ago, when Pyengchang began its dream to host the winter games,
I was young girl seeking for my own Olympic dreams on ice rink in Seoul.
At the time, I was fortunate to choose a winter sport that had good training facilities and coaches in Korea.
But as you know many Korea winter athletes travel half way around the world just to train for their Olympic dreams.
But now my dream is to share the opportunities I had with other athletes in new region.
And Pyeongchang 2018 can help to achieve that.
Our government created <The drive the dream> project to fund winter sports facilities and training for athletes.
Thanks to this program, Korea earned a total of 14 medals in Vancouver including mine.
And we placed 7th in overall medals won out of 82 countries.
To do even better in the future, we need the new venues that Pyeoungchang 2018 will bring.
With new horizons will leave a legacy that is perhaps more important than venues.
I’m talking about human legacy.
I’m an example of a living legacy, of our government’s effort to improve the standards of Korea winter sports.
And I know now, perhaps, more than I ever imagined what our victory will mean.
It will mean the possibility for success and achievement.
That’s what young people everywhere in the world need and deserve.
And lastly, I’d like to add personal note today.
It’s rare for an Olympian actually get to say thank you to all IOC members at one time.
So please allow me to say thank you dear IOC members for providing someone like me the opportunity to achieve my dreams and to inspire others.