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Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?

Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snowEleven days into the competition, Norway sit top of the medal table, out-performin…

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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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‘Kim Jong-un is hitting on us!’: my night out with Dear Leader (sort of)

Bar-hopping with North Korea’s teetotal supreme leader, albeit an Australian impersonator called Howard, is full of surprisesWinter Olympics 2018: full schedule and medal tableIt is a rare night when you find yourself on a chilly street corner waiting …

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Brazilian football match abandoned after mass brawl and nine red cards

Derby between Vitoria and Bahia called off after a punch-up between players from both sidesA Brazilian football match between Vitoria and Bahia was abandoned with 11 minutes remaining on Sunday after the hosts had six men sent off in a game marked by a…

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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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The brutal world of sheep fighting: the illegal sport beloved by Algeria’s angry young men

Algeria’s ‘lost generation’ has been shaped by years of conflict, unemployment and state repression. Sheep fighting offers an arena where men can escape the constant supervision of the state. By Hannah Rae ArmstrongLast August in Algiers, one week befo…

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Jamaican bobsleighers face Olympic drama after ‘destructive’ coach quits

• Sandra Kiriasis quits as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team• Jamaica’s first female Winter Olympians begin campaign next weekSandra Kiriasis has quit as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team a few days before the start of their competition and has b…

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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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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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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 – 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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Big trouble: all of Japan’s sumo wrestlers to be questioned as sport lurches into crisis

External panel will quiz 900 sumo figures after high-profile cases of violence and sexual harassment among membersEvery one of Japan’s sumo wrestlers is to face questioning by outside investigators after a series of incidents tipped the sport into cris…

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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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Kim Jong-un’s sister to attend Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Kim Yo-jong, younger sister of North Korean leader, to join official party in South KoreaKim Jong-un’s sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, the unification mini…

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Donald Trump uses death of Colts’ Edwin Jackson to attack illegal immigrants

Linebacker was killed in car accident on Sunday in IndianapolisMan arrested in case had been deported from US twiceDonald Trump has said the US must crack down on illegal immigration following the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.Th…