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North, South Korea to Have Joint Olympic Team

They will compete under unification flag

(Newser) - North and South Korea will compete together under one unified flag at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in what will be the first such arrangement since 2006. South Korea previously announced North Korea would send officials, athletes, and a cheer squad to the Olympics following talks between the... More »

First North, South Korea Talks in 2 Years Yield Breakthrough

Pyongyang will send delegation to Winter Games

(Newser) - The Winter Olympics has brought a thaw in relations between the Koreas: After talks in the truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday, a South Korean official announced that North Korea will be sending a delegation including officials, athletes, and a cheer squad next month to the Games in Pyeongchang, South... More »

Before Olympics, a Surprise Meeting in 'Truce' Village

North, South Korea agree to talks

(Newser) - Next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea may have a participant that seemed extremely unlikely a few months ago: North Korea. South Korean officials say the North has accepted an offer to hold high-level talks next week, and the meeting will focus on the North's participation in the... More »

Shaun White After 62 Stitches: 'I Scared Myself'

He hopes new tricks will propel him to 3rd Olympic gold

(Newser) - A nasty crash hasn't kept Shaun White from dreaming up daring tricks as he eyes Olympic gold for a third time. The snowboarder, currently trying to qualify for the February games in Pyeongchang, needed 62 stitches after hitting his face off the edge of a half pipe during training... More »

Why Our Olympians Are Forced to Cross an Ocean to Train

Winter sports competitors traveling around the world to find glaciers suitable for training

(Newser) - US athletes prepping for the Pyeongchang Olympics are training in Finland and the Swiss Alps—because climate change is forcing athletes to hunt farther from home for wintry conditions, per the AP . "Without the snow and the cold in the places in the [US] where it's normally cold,... More »

Winter Olympics Sites Should Be Cold—But Not This Cold

S. Korea officials worry roofless arena will leave spectators for 2018 Games freezing and miserable

(Newser) - What may soon become the next Olympic sport: extreme spectating. At least, that's what organizers for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea are worried about during the opening and closing ceremonies in February, each expected to last between four and five hours. Reuters has glimpsed an internal document... More »

African Bobsled Team Makes History in 2 Ways

They'll be Nigeria's first Winter Olympics entrants

(Newser) - An amazing achievement by the Nigerian women's bobsled team had more than one person speculating about Cool Runnings 2 this week. The team—driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga—qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics after completing their final qualifying races in Calgary, ESPN reports.... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

With a Wink and Bow, Sochi Shuts Off Lights

Remember that whole failed ring? Russia spoofs it

(Newser) - With a sweep of the men's bobsled for the home team and Sochi's final gold medal given out , Russia gave a wink at the little Olympic ring that couldn't in the opening ceremony and closed out its uber-expensive Olympiad today. Kicking off at 20:14 local time,... More »

Why North Korea Attacked the South

Many believe it is an attempt to force negotiations

(Newser) - Following North Korea's artillery attack on South Korea, the Los Angeles Times , reporting from Seoul, and Reuters gather early theories for what is behind the attack:
  • Forcing negotiations: A former negotiator and South Korean lawmaker calls it a "berserk" and "last-ditch" attempt "to engage Washington and Seoul"
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North Korea Fires on South

Koreas exchange artillery fire; dozens of houses aflame, 2 killed

(Newser) - South Korea has returned fire after North Korea blasted scores of artillery rounds at a South Korean island, setting houses on fire and forcing evacuations, according to South Korean officials. Some 70 houses were ablaze on the island of Yeonpyeong, close to the two nations' disputed maritime border, witnesses told... More »

Sochi Wins 2014 Games

Putin speech helps Black Sea resort win Winter Oympics

(Newser) - The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi — thanks in part to personal intervention by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports Reuters. Putin addressed a session of the International Olympic Committee in Guatemala City in English, French and Spanish, helping Sochi win a 51-47... More »

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