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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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Robot skiers tackle Olympic challenge in South Korea

As Pyeongchang hosts the Winter Olympics, down the road robots are also hitting the slopes – with a $10,000 prize on offerIt is not only human athletes who have been aiming to go “Faster, Higher, Stronger” in South Korea. Alongside the Pyeongchang Wint…

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NBC apologizes after praise for Japan’s ‘example’ angers Koreans

Japan committed human rights abuses during colonial ruleComments came during Winter Olympics opening ceremonyNBC has issued an apology after its Olympic “Asian analyst” Joshua Cooper Ramo praised Japan’s contribution to Korea’s history.The comments wer…

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Korea’s united Olympic squad: symbol of hope or mere political stunt?

As the much-heralded debut of a joint women’s team brings an 8-0 defeat, spectators in a local bar divide over the One Korea ideaOne minute Lee Yun-hwa was full of excitement, shouting her order in a tiny Gangneung pub for a plate of grilled intestines…

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Semen Elistratov rails at ‘unfair’ ban on Russians after taking bronze

• Speed skater dedicates medal to Russians not at Winter Olympics• South Korea’s Hyo-jun Lim takes first medal for home nationSemen Elistratov became the first athlete from Russia to win a medal at this year’s Winter Olympics after a thrilling men’s 15…

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Winter Olympics investigating if technical problems were cyber-attack

Wifi stopped working before opening ceremony and there were technical problems at main press centreWinter Olympics organisers are investigating whether the opening ceremony was the target of a cyber-attack after severe technological problems struck dur…

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Winter Olympics begin with powerful message of peace

Opening ceremony full of symbolism brings strong emotions in PyeongchangTowards the end of an opening ceremony that flitted between vibrancy and schmaltz, an image of two doves appeared on the floor of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and the opening ba…

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A stunning display as the Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang – video

The Games have officially begun after a stunning display in Pyeongchang. The spectacle was broadcast in more than 200 countries and featured incredible visuals. The ceremony even featured augmented reality in parts as well as fireworks, dancers and a b…

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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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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have officially opened in South Korea, with a spectacular opening ceremony taking place in sub-zero temperatures Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have officially opened in South Korea, with a spectacular opening ceremony taking place in sub-zero temperatures Continue reading…

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Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony – live!

All the latest from the PyeongchangFull schedule: guide to the GamesWomen’s long race to parityEmail Bryan or ping him a tweet 10.21am GMT Neither US president Donald Trump nor North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be attending tonight’s opening ceremon…

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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…

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Iran furious as athletes miss out on Winter Olympics smartphones

Row after Iranian Olympians in South Korea were not given gift of latest Samsung handsetsIran has summoned South Korea’s envoy after its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were not included in a giveaway of Samsung smartphones, apparently beca…

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Gangneung in the spotlight: South Korea’s true Olympic capital

The Winter Olympics will soon begin in South Korea, and the coastal city of Gangneung – the host of the indoor events – is preparing to open itself up to the worldThe 2018 Winter Olympics will soon open in Pyeongchang, South Korea – which has taken pai…

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Winter Olympics: 1,200 security staff sidelined after norovirus outbreak

Organisers insist virus will not impact security arrangementsMeasures also being taken to combat cold weatherOrganisers insist the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are on track as they battle against the spread of a virus among staff and prepare to deal wit…

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Unified Korean women’s ice hockey team play debut match

North and South Korea players lose to Sweden in run-up to Winter Olympics in PyeongchangWearing a blue logo of a map symbolising peace between North and South Korea, the most talked-about team at the Winter Olympics was in action on Sunday in a friendl…

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Mike Pence to stop North Korea ‘hijacking’ Winter Olympics, aide says

Vice-president believes Pyongyang’s presence ‘a charade’The Observer view: the Winter Olympics and North KoreaVice-president Mike Pence will stop North Korea “hijacking” the Winter Olympics, an aide said on Sunday, by using his own presence at the Game…

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South Korea’s abandoned ski resort near to Winter Olympics venue – in pictures

As the country prepares to host the 2018 Winter Games in a raft of new sporting venues, the abandoned Alps ski resort stands in grim contrast. While the future of South Korea’s new facilities remains uncertain, Reuters photographer Kim Hong-Ji had acce…

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Frosty reception for South Korea’s Winter Olympics detente with North

Young people and conservatives in South Korea accuse President Moon Jae-in of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediencySouth Korea is facing a public backlash over its sports rapprochement with North Korea, with critics accusing the governme…