2018 Olympics

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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 »

Kim Warns of 'Nuclear Button' on His Desk

But he has warm words for Seoul in New Year's Day speech

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day speech is being widely described as an "olive branch"—despite the fact that he warned the nuclear button is "always on his table" and bragged that the entire US is now within the range of his country's nuclear... 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 »

Nikki Haley Expresses Sliver of Olympic Doubt

She acknowledges there's an 'open question' on Team USA's participation in South Korea Games

(Newser) - Russia was banned this week from the 2018 Winter Games; will the US ban itself? UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday called Team USA's participation in the Games an "open question" in an interview with Fox News. The Washington Post reports that the Games will take place in... 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 »

South Korea Gets 2018 Olympics

Pyeongchang wins bid in first round

(Newser) - Pyeongchang, South Korea, won the 2018 Winter Olympics in the first round of voting, the International Olympic Committee announced today. Pyeongchang was up against Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, but was the favorite and had even been speculated to win in the first round. It was the first time since... More »

NBC Wins Olympics Until 2020

Broadcaster pays $4.38B for rights to 4 Olympics

(Newser) - NBC Universal has outbid rivals to win the US rights to broadcast the four Olympics after London 2012. The Comcast company's $4.38 billion bid included $2 billion to broadcast the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 summer Games in Rio de Janiero. Rival bidder Fox... More »

S. Korea Pardons Samsung Chief to Lead Olympic Bid

Convicted embezzler holds seat on Olympic Committee

(Newser) - South Korea has granted a pardon to a former Samsung chairman found guilty of embezzlement to allow him to lead the country's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. President Lee Myung-bak said he pardoned Lee Kun-hee to allow him to keep his seat on the International Olympic Committee and to... More »

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