American Snowboarder Wins in 'Ugly' Conditions

NBC dumps analyst who insulted Olympic hosts
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2018 7:11 AM CST
North Korea's Jong Su Hyon, and South Korea's Park Jong-ah carry the torch during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Monday's women's slopestyle snowboarding competition in Pyeongchang is going to be remembered more for the treacherous conditions than the sporting accomplishments—especially since only nine of the 50 riders were able to complete their runs properly. Hazardous cross-winds caused what the AP describes as "ugly" conditions and a "black eye for snowboarding." American Jamie Anderson took the gold, though she admitted she wasn't especially proud of her run. The decision to allow the event to go ahead while others were postponed was called into question, with some riders saying it was lucky nobody was seriously injured. In other Pyeongchang news:

  • Offended hosts. NBC says commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo will no longer be part of its Pyeongchang coverage, Reuters reports. Ramo offended many people in the host country during the opening ceremony when he said Japan, which colonized the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945, had been an example for Korea's "transformation."

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