If sports didn’t matter at the Winter Olympics, North Korea could count its time in PyeongChang as a raging success. In a matter of weeks, Pyongyang managed to launch King Jong-un’s sister into international celebrity, engage in kimchi diplomacy with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, turn a crop of creepily synchronized cheerleaders into a heavily covered curiosity and make United States Vice President Mike Pence look like a goober (not that he needs any help with that). As far as actual athletic competition is concerned, though, the North, which wrapped up its schedule on Thursday, made falling flat on one’s face seem like a glorious outcome compared to what its entrants achieved.
Maddie Rooney is a real American hero who’s likely to spend money earned in South Korea on a German car. After stopping an attempt from Canada’s Meghan Agosta to seal Team USA’s 3-2 shootout victory in the women’s hockey gold-medal game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the 20-year-old goalie revealed on teammate Amanda Kessel’s Instagram story that she would put her winnings toward a new BMW. “I’ve had this dream for a while,” Rooney said.
Before she became a silver medalist in team figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Evgenia Medvedeva was “Sailor Moon”… sort of. Back in April 2017, Medvedeva, who’s competing in South Korea as an Olympic Athlete from Russia, concluded her brilliant showing at the ISU World Team Trophy in Tokyo with an exhibition routine from “Sailor Moon,” entitled “Moonlight Densetsu.” The then-17-year-old’s ode to her favorite anime didn’t count toward her record-setting scores in the short program or free skate, let alone Team Russia’s silver-medal finish, but it did inspire one YouTuber to stitch together this side-by-side comparison of her performance and the cartoon source material.
North Korea is gunning for that No. 1 spot among the world’s most petulant political trolls, with the 2018 Winter Olympics serving as its latest launchpad. After sending Kim Jong-un’s sister to PyeongChang for the Opening Ceremony, the North will kick things up a notch at Sunday’s Closing Ceremony with a delegation led by a man connected to the murder of dozens of South Koreans. The South’s Ministry of Unification announced on Thursday that Kim will join Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the “Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country,” and six support staffers, who are scheduled to arrive in South Korea together by way of the Gyeongui rail line mere hours before the ceremony begins.
The 2018 Winter Olympics have been a boon to Tinder in South Korea. According to Reuters’ Liana B. Baker, usage of the popular dating app in PyeongChang has spiked 348 percent since the Games began, with athletes using technology to help them make use of the record 110,000 condoms that have been dispersed around the Villages. It’s no surprise to see that snowboarders, per Reuters, are the most right-swiped female athletes at these Olympics.
The more things change at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the more they stay the same. The United States did its part to keep pace, matching the Norwegians’ four medals on Wednesday with four of its own. Lindsey Vonn goes out toward the top: If Wednesday’s downhill ski race is, in fact, the final Olympic event in which Lindsey Vonn medals, it won’t go down as a fairytale ending.
Adam Rippon figures to leave PyeongChang with much more than just a bronze medal in team figure skating from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
At some point, the tiny Scottish island of Ailsa Craig will run out of the signature granite from which all curling stones for the Winter Olympics are made. Whenever that fateful day arrives, Ellen DeGeneres has a solution ready: babies. The beloved American comedian and host of NBC’s “Ellen” recently debuted the inaugural event of her “Baby Olympics” for all the world to see.
Bourgeault — "JBo" for short — is the Calgary, Alberta-based artist who airbrushed some of the most eye-popping helmets in South Korea.
If you’re reading this right now — and even if you’re not, though I’m not sure how exactly that would work — you’ll probably never know what it was like for Lindsey Vonn to win bronze in what may be her final Winter Olympics medal-worthy run ever. This first-person video will give you a gripping sense of the twists and turns that took Vonn and her fellow Olympic skiers from top to bottom of the legendary Mount Gariwang, on which South Korea spent untold sums to clear some 58,000 trees from a sacred forest for these Olympics. Lindsey Vonn celebrates her downhill skiing run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
The two nations tied for the fastest run in the two-man bobsleigh at the Olympic Sliding Centre, meaning each duo will go home with gold medals.
The potent pathogen has officially struck 283 people in South Korea's host city, including the father of U.S. men's hockey player James Wisniewski.
For Australian snowboarder Jess Rich, a torn ACL wasn't enough to keep her from pursuing a medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
If you’re Matt Hamilton, a win over Canada for the U.S. men’s curling team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang should suffice. The mustachioed second for the Americans celebrated his 29th birthday in South Korea with sweet greetings from Becca Hamilton, his sister and mixed doubles partner, and an even sweeter Team USA onesie.
The organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea confirmed that a cyberattack took place during the Opening Ceremony, but stopped short of revealing who was behind it or what the motives might have been. The research also notes that the seeds for these assaults may have been planted long before the festivities began in South Korea.
At the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea combined momentous achievements with some cases of the Mondays. Norway held steady atop the medal standings with eight total, but now has the Netherlands and Canada, with seven medals apiece, breathing down its neck on account of Dutch dynamism and Canadian glory in different forms of skating. Jamie Anderson extends US slopestyle dominance: If America is going to catch Norway in the all-time Winter Olympics standings, slopestyle snowboarding could provide the biggest boost.
The team figure skating event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, was historic at almost every level. While Team USA’s Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon made headlines— Nagasu for becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, Rippon for landing the first medal for a red, white and blue LGBT athlete — it was a Canadian who left the most lasting mark on the ice. Canada’s Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel compete in team figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Leave it to Andrew Zimbalist to throw cold water on an even colder Winter Olympics. The Smith College economics professor and long-time Olympics skeptic hopped on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to spill the beans on the pitfalls of the PyeongChang Games.
Have you ever been in South Korea and wanted to ask someone to sing karaoke with you but had no idea how? All of their official team jackets have been outfitted with a seemingly nifty list of English words, phrases and sentences translated into Hangul, the Korean alphabet.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have established themselves as Canada’s top ice dancing duo as much with perfect execution as by testing the boundaries of taste in their notoriously stodgy sport of choice. The London, Ontario-born pair decided to adjust a risqué lift from the same Moulin Rouge free program that stole the show at the 2018 Canadian Skating Nationals in January. “We wanted to make a bit of a different statement, and if that was bringing a certain edge or sexuality or darkness or a contemporary feeling to it, mission accomplished I guess,” Virtue said at the Canadian championships in Vancouver, according to the Canadian Press’ Lori Ewing.
By and large, PyeongChang has gone out of its way to welcome the world for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has announced that it will no longer go forward with plans to set up a mobile multi-faith prayer room for spectators in Gangneung, where all of the Games’ indoor events are taking place, following “strong opposition” from anti-Muslim protestors, according to Al Jazeera’s Haeyoon Kim and Faras Ghani. “We sat down with them for talks, but in the end, we had to cancel the plans,” Gangneung city government tourism division chief Kang Suk-ho told Al Jazeera.
Iran has plenty of oil under its soil, but that didn’t stop the Middle Eastern nation from playing the part of squeaky wheel in South Korea and getting rewarded accordingly. According to the South China Morning Post, the nation’s Winter Olympics athletes will be allowed to keep their limited-edition Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smart phones when they leave PyeongChang after lodging complaints with the South Korean ambassador in Tehran. The International Olympic Committee had initially declined to furnish the Iranians with the $1,100 phones over concerns about U.N. sanctions.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics appeared to go off without a hitch. Behind the scenes, though, the festivities in PyeongChang were plagued with problems, perhaps from cyberattacks. According to Business Insider’s David Choi, a series of servers went down during the festivities and took the PyeongChang 2018 website and some internet-connected TVs at the press center with them.