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Norwegian Breaks Age Record With Alpine Win
Norwegian Breaks
Age Record
With Alpine Win
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Norwegian Breaks Age Record With Alpine Win

Mikaela Shiffrin scores first gold

(Newser) - At 35, Aksel Lund Svindal is an old man by the standards of Olympic Alpine skiing —but the Norwegian managed to win the men's downhill on Thursday, earning a place in the record books as the oldest skier to win Olympic gold, the AP reports. "That's...

10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

Including a country with the word 'ice' in it

(Newser) - When you think "Winter Olympics," a country with the word "ice" as part of its name would seem to be a shoo-in for the event's medal podium. Yet Iceland, which has been competing in the winter version of the Games since 1948, has yet to take...

After Shaun White&#39;s Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice
After Shaun White's Glory,
He Has to Apologize Twice
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After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag

(Newser) - Shaun White pulled off the impressive feat of winning a gold medal at his third different Olympics on Wednesday, but subsequent headlines haven't been all flattering for the all-world snowboarder. For one thing, his win has brought renewed attention to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him in 2016....

Wind Causes Temporary Closure of Olympic Park
Weather Is Turning Into a
Major Issue at Olympics
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Weather Is Turning Into a Major Issue at Olympics

It's too windy to shoot straight

(Newser) - Weather played havoc with the Winter Olympics again on Wednesday, with fierce winds forcing authorities to close the Olympic Park in Gangneung, near South Korea's east coast. Officials began evacuating the park around 3pm, urging visitors to go indoors, NBC Chicago reports. The wind caused the women's slalom...

Ski Great Is Finally an Olympic Champ
Ski Great Is Finally
an Olympic Champ
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Ski Great Is Finally an Olympic Champ

Austria's Marcel Hirscher is 'super happy'

(Newser) - The man sometimes called the "world's greatest skier" scored his first Olympic gold Tuesday. Austrian racer Marcel Hirscher, who scored a record six consecutive World Cup victories, won the men's combined with a time of 2:06:52, had previously scored no higher than silver in Sochi,...

Chloe Kim Makes History With US Gold

She wows on third run after winning with the first

(Newser) - At 17, American snowboarder Chloe Kim has completed her rise to superstar with a stunning gold medal victory in Pyeongchang. The California teen was already assured of gold after scoring 93.75 in the first run of the women's halfpipe final, but she ended up making history on her...

In &#39;Ugly&#39; Conditions, 9 of 50 Snowboarders Finished Their Runs
American Snowboarder 
Wins in 'Ugly' Conditions
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American Snowboarder Wins in 'Ugly' Conditions

NBC dumps analyst who insulted Olympic hosts

(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...

Seconds in, Olympic Skaters Landed in a Very Risque Jam

Yura Min says she was 'terrified' for entire routine after costume hook came undone seconds in

(Newser) - If anyone can relate to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction , it's figure skater Yura Min. Except as Min skated Sunday in Pyeongchang, it wasn't just a small bit of her costume she feared would come off. Just a few seconds into her Olympic routine with partner Alexander Gamelin,...

17-Year-Old Delivers America's 1st Gold Medal

Snowboarder Red Gerard wins slopestyle competition

(Newser) - The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn't all that grand. "Just having fun snowboarding," Red explained. Look where all that fun landed him. The...

Kim Jong Un, Trump Cause Scene at Winter Olympics

Well, their impersonators did anyway

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un were kicked out of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, Reuters reports. Or at least that's what it looked like. In fact the two men briefly hassled by security at the main stadium in Pyeongchang were only impersonating the world leaders. “We...

Here's How North Korea Will Keep Olympians From Defecting

Surveillance, intimidation, and loyalty

(Newser) - Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Now, North Korea wants to make sure its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang doesn't add to that number. CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making...

NBC Calls It Highlight of Opening Ceremony. It Didn't Happen

NBC airs footage from December after drones grounded

(Newser) - An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded, the AP reports. Viewers of NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the US still saw it, but it was a pre-recorded version from a rehearsal. Intel Corp. was expected to launch...

Gay Olympians' Message to VP Pence: 'Eat Your Heart Out'

Instagram post from 2 openly gay athletes references the vice president, #TeamUSGay

(Newser) - The first two openly gay males to compete in the Winter Olympics posed for a celebratory photo after the Games officially kicked off, though the caption had an eyebrow-raising ending. Freeskier Gus Kenworthy posted the pic of himself and figure skater Adam Rippon on Instagram Friday, along with the message:...

Team USA Enters Olympics to 'Gangnam Style'

The Games are underway in South Korea

(Newser) - Well that was fun. Team USA made a splash at the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea on Friday, marching in the Parade of Nations to "Gangnam Style," the 2012 hit from Korean artist PSY. (See a clip here .) Though several other countries...

Kim Dynasty Has Finally Set Foot in South Korea

As Mike Pence skips dinner with North Koreans

(Newser) - The Winter Olympics made history before the opening ceremony Friday when Kim Yo Jong, sister of Kim Jong Un, became the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to visit the South. She arrived in a private jet at the Incheon International Airport with a delegation of officials including...

Court Upholds Olympic Bans for 45 Russians

"That's it. The story is over'

(Newser) - Russia's desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes—including several medal favorites—into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday's opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, but gave individual athletes the chance to...

Skater: Flag-Bearer Coin Toss Done 'Dishonorably'

Shani Davis tweet hints race had something to do with luger Erin Hamlin getting picked over him

(Newser) - It was a feel-good story for a few hours: Luge veteran Erin Hamlin gets the chance to enter her last Olympics carrying the US flag into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games, winning that distinction after a vote by some of her fellow athletes. And then Shani Davis tweeted....

N. Korea: No Talks With the US During Olympics
It's So Cold
in Pyeongchang
Skis Are Warping
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It's So Cold in Pyeongchang Skis Are Warping

And US-North Korea relations are just as icy

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics—and he's probably not going to be talking to any North Koreans while he's there. Pence, who will be seated just a few feet away from Kim Jong Un's sister during Friday's opening ceremony,...

N. Korea Announces Surprise Member of Olympic Delegation

Kim's sister will be visiting South for first time

(Newser) - In a move seen as a sign that North Korea is serious about improving relations with the South—and about thumbing its nose at the US—Kim Jong Un's powerful younger sister will be visiting South Korea as part of the North's high-level Olympic delegation. Kim Yo Jong,...

US Ambassador, N. Korean Diplomat Bicker in Geneva Over Nukes

They traded barbs at disarmament conference Tuesday

(Newser) - As US athletes prepare to compete against North Koreans at the Olympics, officials from both countries are locked in a "diplomatic showdown," per Reuters . At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, US Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea's nuclear program "must be completely, verifiably,...

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