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Pyeongchang prepares for tourism boost

The mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang is getting ready for the thousands of tourists expected visit South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Crews are renovating buildings and roads, putting up signs to welcome guests and installing menus in several languages.

However, officials said there might be fewer Chinese visitors than expected.

In the last year, there has been a 60 percent drop in Chinese tourists after South Korea installed the U.S. THAAD Anti-Missile Defense system amid rising tensions with North Korea.

Some of the Olympic venues are just 50 miles from North Korea.

Team USA member talk’s dedication and hometown support

Freestyle skier, Mac Bohonnon, isn’t letting political tensions get in the way of his Olympic dream.

The 2018 games will mark the second time he is competing for a gold medal.

Bohonnon placed 5th in the aerials event nearly four years ago in Sochi,

The 22-year-old said competing on this kind of world stage has been his goal since he was a child.

“I left home in 8th grade to chase this Olympic dream as a 13 year old, which seemed pretty far-fetched at the time,” said Bohonnon. “But, you know all my friends and family back home just never gave up on me and continued to support me.”

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