Sabiana takes part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea

““Tae ha mingu!” in Korean means “new horizons!”. This is the slogan South Koreans used to welcome the outcome of voting in Durban that saw Pyeongchang triumph directly in the first round over the other candidate cities (Munich, Germany and Annecy, France) and be awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics. Compared to its rivals, the South Korean city - situated 180 kilometres from the capital Seoul, at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level - had the advantage that many of the venues were already completed, ready to be used by international athletes and to welcome the public. There are 13 Olympic venues, situated over a distance of 37 kilometres and joined by an existing motorway. Alpensia will host the biathlon and ski jumping, freestyle events will be held in Jungbon, and snowboard in Bokwang and Phoenix Park. To the east of Pyeongchang, Gangneung will host the skating, curling and ice hockey competitions. Exploiting the experience acquired at Turin 2006, the quality and elegance of design that has always distinguished ‘made in Italy’ all over the world, many Italian companies have helped make the South Korean sports venues as welcoming and advanced as possible. These include Sabiana, assigned the task of making the cold ice arena warmer. The question was then: “How can the venue be heated without affecting the quality of the track and ensuring athletes can train and compete without inconvenience?”, or “How can the events be made more pleasant for spectators, providing them a comfortable temperature? Following analysis and evaluations, for Sabiana finding a response was not hard. The solution the company proposed? Radiant heating strips, which by using water-source technology not only guarantee low energy consumption and are environmentally-friendly, can also heat the area used by the athletes to temperatures ranging from a minimum of 5 degrees to a maximum of 12, and the area where the spectators will sit up to 20 degrees. The installation flexibility of the 5,390 metres of radiant strips used offers the ice arena a touch of elegance: the ceiling in fact has a special circular layout, following the original forms of the architecture.