On 7 January 2018, the first snowboard half-pipe Olympic champion Gian Simmen represented Switzerland as a torchbearer and carried the Olympic flame on part of the route through South Korea. As a memento, Gian Simmen has had the torch frozen in the Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch.
There is a touch of the Olympics at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. Just before the start of the Olympic Games in South Korea, the first snowboard halfpipe Olympic champion has immortalized the torch at 3,454 meters above sea level, which he was allowed to carry as a torchbearer for Switzerland in early January on part of the route through South Korea.
Mascots surprise Jungfraujoch guests In addition to the torch, Gian Simmen also had the Olympic mascots that he brought with him frozen in the ice palace at Jungfraujoch. Visitors from South Korea are one of the most important target markets of Jungfrau Railways. Jungfraujoch visitors from the Far East are delighted by the two animal figures. The white tiger called Soohorang stands for strength, protection and trust in Korean mythology. Bandabi is an Asian black bear symbolic of bravery, determination and strong will.
Jungfrau Railways at the House of Switzerland From 7 to 25 February 2018, Jungfrau Railways will be the exclusive tourism partner at the House of Switzerland in South Korea. Its intention with this appearance is to present Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe to sports fans and get South Korean visitors interested in winter sports. A prominent contributor to this aim is Gian Simmen, the first snowboard half-pipe Olympic champion. Since November 2016, he has been working with Jungfrau Railways, and he and his team are ensuring that the half-pipe and the entire Snowpark in Grindelwald-First are in the best winter condition possible.