2018 Olympics

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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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

At the Start of Her Routine She Did Something Historic

Mirai Nagasu is third woman to even land a triple axel at the Olympics

(Newser) - The elitist of clubs welcomed a third member on Monday: American figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the third woman to even land a triple axel at the Olympics. You can watch the jump here . It came as part of an effort that saw the US women secure a team bronze,... More »

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:... More »

'Most Significant Encounter in Years' for North, South Korea

Via his little sister, Kim Jong Un sends invite to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come visit

(Newser) - A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked the second day of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch, and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified"... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

Team Norway's Chefs Try to Order Eggs. It Doesn't Go Well

15K eggs showed up

(Newser) - Should you think Google Translate is infallible, the Norwegian Olympic team has a story for you. "Absolutely unbelievable," says team chef Stale Johansen of the aftermath of the error, in which an order placed using Google Translate reportedly caused 15,000 eggs to be delivered to their kitchen... More »

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,... More »

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,... More »

Before South Korea's Last Olympics, Mass Murder

Revisiting the 1987 bombing of Korean Air Flight 858

(Newser) - With the Pyeongchang Olympics set to begin Friday, the Washington Post revisits the only other time South Korea hosted the games—and the mass murder that scarred the run-up to it. North Korea lobbied to co-host the 1988 games, which were held in Seoul. Having been turned down, it decided... More »

Protesters Greet N. Korea Orchestra Ship

Others waved unification flags as ship arrived for Olympics

(Newser) - Protesters waved South Korean flags, tore up drawings of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and blasted loud music from loudspeakers as a North Korean cruise ship pulled into a South Korean port Tuesday with an orchestra set to perform at the Pyeongchang Olympics. They also burned a paper version... More »

Court Overturns Olympic Ban for Dozens of Russians

Ruling is heartbreak for some Sochi winners

(Newser) - In a bombshell ruling just a week before the Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has overturned the lifetime Olympic bans of 28 out of 43 Russian athletes accused of doping at the Sochi Games in 2014. The athletes can now keep medals they won... More »

N. Korea Star's Visit Causes Protests, Media Frenzy in Seoul

Demonstrators burned Kim's photo

(Newser) - Conservative South Korean activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North's extremely popular girl band passed them Monday during a visit to Seoul amid a flurry of cooperation agreements between the rivals ahead of next month's Winter Olympics... 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 »

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 »

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