International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission chair Gunilla Lindberg has urged Pyeongchang 2018 organisers to pay attention to detail and improve their decision making processes with 11 months to go until the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games begin.
During a largely upbeat opening address at the plenary session on day two of the inspection visit here today, Lindberg highlighted recent "progress" in raising the profile of the event following last month's One Year To Go celebrations.
She also praised the series of test events that have taken place in Olympic and Paralympic venues.
"The International Federations that I have spoken to are also happy with the progress and that reassures us on the Commission that the Pyeongchang Games are on the right track," the Swede said.
"Within the Olympic Movement and the winter sports world in general, there is now a clear focus on Pyeongchang.
"A key moment in raising the profile of these Games was the fantastic one-year-to-go ceremony that I had the great honour to attend.
"Also, the participation of the acting President and Prime Minister and the chairman of the National Assembly showed [how] the political support for the Games is strong.
"It was also the start for the Korean public to be able to start applying for tickets and the buzz from the one-year-to-go now needs to be continued and expanded, so that we have venues full of passionate fans supporting the athletes and showing your country at its best next February and March.
"Some progress has been made in this area since our last meeting but you must continue to develop this field both nationally and internationally."
Lindberg praised all levels of local and national Governments, as well as the South Korean team for finishing second on the medals table at last month's Asian Winter Games in Sapporo.
She was markedly more positive than in a similar speech during the plenary session of the last IOC Coordination Commission inspection in October.
There, Lindberg announced that Pyeongchang 2018 risked "harming the image of their Olympic Games if they do not make swift improvements to both legacy plans and communications and engagement strategies".
She did, however, raise some concerns today.
"Even with all these successes, we should not lose sight of the fact that with less than one year to go, a lot of work still remains to be done," she said.
"Paying attention to details is now more important than ever.
"As will be respecting deadlines, with less and less time available to recover slippages as we get closer to the Opening Ceremony.
"This is particularly true when it comes to the on-boarding of expertise, and the finalisation of your planning and procurement for accommodation, and arrivals and departures.
"This means that Team Korea - Pyeongchang 2018 and its partners at the Gangwon Province and National Government - now more than ever must work in full partnership.
"The undivided attention of all parties to the Games over the next 11 months will be crucial to your success.
"At all levels, team work will be the key to our mutual success."
There continues to be political instability in South Korea following the official removal of Park Geun-hye as the country's President last week following successful impeachment proceedings.
Three people have died in protests.
Pyeongchang 2018 have still not formally announced their budget for 2017 following delays in their negotiations with the Government in Seoul.
Lindberg also urged organisers to improve their ability to make quick decisions following repeated delays in action due to protracted approval processes.
"The ability to have quick and efficient decision making within your team will be crucial to delivering a Games that Pyeongchang 2018 and Korea can be proud of in the eyes of the watching world," she said.
"You therefore need to make sure that your people, including your volunteers, are empowered to make decisions appropriate to their level and experience that will allow the Games to function smoothly.
"We know what the Republic of Korea and its citizens are capable of delivering, so we enter this final year full of confidence for the journey ahead.
"This week will be a major step in that journey and we are looking forward to learning more about your plans and challenges over the coming two days."
Lindberg's speech was followed by an introductory address by Pyeongchang 2018 executive vice-president and secretary general Hyung-koo Yeo.
President Lee Hee-beom was in Seoul today to welcome the arrival of IOC President Thomas Bach to South Korea before an Executive Board meeting here on Thursday and Friday (March 16 and 17).
Bach is scheduled to meet acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn today.
More group and bilateral meetings are also due to take place here between inspectors and Pyeongchang 2018 today.