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Former KGB agent wins biathlon gold medal for Belarus at Winter Olympics

Darya Domracheva has collected two medals at PyeongchangBiathlete worked for state security organisation until 2014At her many appearances in various biathlon events at the Winter Olympics, spectators may have wondered how Darya Domracheva became such …

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Garlic Girls: South Korean curling team ward off more seasoned rivals

Five women have become internet sensations with their unlikely progression to Winter Olympic semi-finals in Pyeongchang Latest medal table | Full event scheduleIn name only are the Garlic Girls about food. There’s Yogurt, Pancake, Steak, Cookie and Sun…

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Nigeria women’s bobsleigh team make breakthrough for Africa on ice

Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga will not win a medal but reached a significant landmark as Africa’s first-ever Olympians in the eventGrowing up in Nigeria, Kola Adigun never imagined he would be sitting on a freezing mountain in South Korea watching his …

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North Korea could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South, official says

Offer comes amid rapid easing of tensions that has accompanied Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of PyeongchangWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableA top North Korean sports official said his country could co-host the Asian Winter …

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Meet the Winter Olympians making big strides for diversity

Simidele Adeagbo and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian are part of a wider movement at competition that has been predominantly whiteSimidele Adeagbo spent a decade training in the hopes of heading to the Olympics for the triple jump, missing out on a coveted …

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‘A slow pace but it’s a pace’: Tongan skier surpasses goals in Pyeongchang

Pita Taufatofua, who has only ever spent 12 weeks on snow, finishes third last in 15kmPita Taufatofua, the Tongan athlete known for his oiled up, bare-chested marches at Olympic opening ceremonies, produced a surprise performance in the 15km cross-coun…

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Why Pyeongchang winners are receiving plush toys not medals

Athletes have been gifted white tigers – a guardian animal in Korean mythologyWith the first medals awarded at the Winter Olympics, the internet exploded with a singular question: why were athletes given a “teddy bear” instead of their hard won gold, s…

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Will joint ice hockey team warm up frosty Korea relations?

North and South Korea will play as a united team for the first time at the Winter OlympicsFor decades, the Olympics have shunned politics, hoping to keep the Games focused on sport rather than world affairs.But while this year’s women’s ice hockey team…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics set to be the coldest for 20 years

Fears for both spectators and competitors as temperatures forecast to plummet to -15CFor years, the Winter Olympics were simply not that wintery and temperatures rarely dipped below freezing.But this year’s Games, which open on Friday in Pyeongchang, i…