Winter Olympics

Three cities applied with bids to host the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics (also known as XXIII Olympic Winter Games and XII Paralympic Winter Games') in October 2009. The International Olympic Committee, under the leadership of Jacques Rogge, received three bids on October 15, 2009. The cities of Annecy, France, in the French Alps, Munich, Germany (host of the 1972 Summer Olympics), and Pyeongchang, South Korea, a two-time previous bidder, competed for the hosting rights to the event.
News about the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and future Winter Games.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City

    Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City

    Rio is UNESCO’s first World Capital of Architecture, and a visa is easier to get than ever. These, and more, reasons to visit the Brazilian city.

  • Indian shooting team to fight for 8 Olympic quota places in Mexico Shotgun WC

    Indian shooting team to fight for 8 Olympic quota places in Mexico Shotgun WC

    A 12-member Indian shooting contingent will vie for a total of eight Tokyo Olympics quota places when it open its campaign at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup to be held in Acapulco, Mexico from March 19 to 26. There are two quota places each on offer in women's Trap, men's Trap, women's Skeet and men's Skeet disciplines. However, there are no quota places at the mixed Trap event. A total of five events are scheduled at this year's first Shotgun World Cup, beginning with the qualification rounds of the women's Trap event. The Indian contingent includes former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu in the men's Trap and current finals world record holder in the men's Skeet Angad Vir Singh Bajwa. India

  • Japanese Olympic superfan dies without achieving dream of watching Tokyo 2020 games
    The Independent

    Japanese Olympic superfan dies without achieving dream of watching Tokyo 2020 games

    Naotoshi Yamada, a man famous in Japan for having attended every Summer Olympic Games since 1964, has died aged 92 without achieving his dream of watching the Tokyo 2020 games. Yamada, who was known as “Olympic Ojisan” or “Olympics Grandad" in his home country, died last week following heart failure, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. “After 92 years of his life spent cheering, Naotoshio Yamada, international Olympic cheerleader, was called to eternal rest on 9 March 2019,” his website said.

  • Business Standard India

    Exchanging missiles for medals: Syrian athletes stand out in times of war

    Syria's athletes have put their lives at stake, their spirit far from broken by the bombs, missiles, death and destruction around the places they live and train, and driven by a desire to make the country proud. Training in the country ravaged by years of civil war is different from elsewhere, but its athletes are made of different stuff, too. The ones participating in the Special Olympics (SO) here are fine examples of that. Syria is fielding a contingent of 125 people, including 105 athletes, of which more than fifty percent are women. "In the last few years the situation has been really bad. We have had a lot of missiles and bombs land in the training areas but we have no other option. There

  • Smith: Program is a bridge between school archery and hunting. And it's growing like crazy.
    Green Bay Press-Gazette

    Smith: Program is a bridge between school archery and hunting. And it's growing like crazy.

    FOND DU LAC – The flight of archers was called to the line. Thirty students, ranging from elementary to high school, picked their bows off stands and walked a few steps to their shooting positions.  If you ever want to know how quiet and attentive school-aged kids can be, visit a scholastic archery competition. Not a word was said by the youngsters. After the command was given to start shooting, the only sound in the Fond du Lac Expo Center was the "pffp, pffp, pffp" of arrows slicing through air and into targets. A respectful hush continued until the last shooter had finished his end of five arrows.  Then after another command the group walked downrange to check their shots, tally their scores

  • WSAW Wausau

    Honor Flight Archery Shoot raises funds for veterans

    WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- The 3rd annual Honor Flight Archery Shoot fundraiser is taking place this weekend at Antlers Archery in Wausau. The goal is to raise money for local veterans so they can attend a Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the memorials constructed in their honor. Last year the fundraiser raised more than $30,000 and this year organizers hope to raise more than $45,000. “I've done archery since I was 5-years-old,” explained Chris Hamm, organizer of the Honor Flight Archery Shoot. “There's a lot of comraderies that goes around in this sport, it's just like playing on the softball or baseball team.” Hamm says that it cost roughly $75,000 to send an entire group

  • The top ten 2020 Tokyo Olympics pictograms, ranked
    The Verge

    The top ten 2020 Tokyo Olympics pictograms, ranked

    The official pictograms for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were revealed this past week as Japan marked 500 days until the summer games. Designed by Masaaki Hiromura, the icons are based on the designs from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where pictograms first made their debut. They've since been used on venue maps, buildings, and programs to promote the sports and help fans and attendees better understand the games without language barriers. There are 50 pictograms in all for 33 sports (some have more than others), and there are some new additions to welcome the most recently added sports like baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing, and speed climbing. “I hope that these pictograms will inspire

  • The week ahead for March 18-24
    The Japan Times

    The week ahead for March 18-24

    Monday Finance Ministry to release preliminary customs-cleared trade statistics for February. Japan logged trade deficit of ¥1.42 trillion ($12.7 billion) in January, the widest margin of red ink in nearly five years amid steep fall in exports to China. Focus is on to what extent exports increase this time to gauge future economic growth. Tuesday Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry to release land prices across Japan. Japanese Olympic Committee to hold board meeting. Focus is on if JOC chief Tsunekazu Takeda will announce his retirement amid French bribery probe. Japan Tourism Agency to release number of foreign people that visited country in February. Wednesday Japan to mark

  • E! Online

    Depression, Exhaustion, Injuries and Unthinkable Pressure: Inside the Latest Tragic Athlete Deaths

    Describing how she systematically managed her time, broken down into days dedicated to school or cycling, she continued, "Life happens, and of course, cycling and Murphy's Law are practically synonymous. Broken arms, concussions, mechanicals, lost books, bad Internet speeds, you name it. You cannot plan for the unplannable, and—to go back to the juggling analogy—sometimes those knives will hit you. What do you do when that happens? "Now I am going to say something cliché: The greatest strength you will ever develop is the ability to recognize your own weaknesses, and to learn to ask for help when you need it. This is a lesson I have only just begun learning, slowly and painfully, these first

  • Nigerian Sport-women deserve some accolades
    Vanguard News

    Nigerian Sport-women deserve some accolades

    Last Friday (March 8th), the world celebrated the International Women's Day – a day set aside to draw attention to the common plights of women, as well as an avenue to applaud the strides and achievements of women across various spheres of influence, and women in Sport are not left out. After all, Nigerian women have over the years, left indelible marks in the sporting world in general, and in Athletics in particular. Many of them have proved worthy ambassadors for Nigeria and brought fame, glory and laurels to this nation, and deserve to be celebrated. If one considers Nigeria's participation at the Olympics, starting from 1952 when we made our debut appearance at the Games, to the Rio Games in 2016, Athletics accounts for 13 of Nigeria's 25 medals won at the Olympics.

  • Figure skating: Chen overcomes sickness, ready to defend title

    Figure skating: Chen overcomes sickness, ready to defend title

    Sickness forced Nathan Chen to train in New Haven but the 19-year-old says he is rested and ready to defend his figure skating title at next week's world championships in Saitama. Chen, who last year became the youngest world champion since Russian Yevgeni Plushenko in 2001, had his preparation for a follow up derailed a bit by a cold that kept him near his college at Yale University. "I got a little bit sick so I decided to recover (in New Haven) and make sure I didn’t get any of the other athletes sick," Chen told reporters during a teleconference on Friday.