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Winter Olympics 2018: Virus strikes top ski athletes before huge ski final

A Swiss team spokesperson said one of athletes was Fabian Boesch but not want to name the other as the athlete’s relatives had not yet been informed. The Games have been hit by an outbreak of the virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea but until Friday the athletic delegations had been unaffected. More than 200 people have been confirmed to have contracted the norovirus, most of them security staff and Games personnel. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said earlier on Friday the two skiers were not staying at the athlete’s…

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Winter Olympics 2018: Park evacuated and events delayed as high winds spark chaos

Winds of up to 15mph have been forecast as temperatures plummet to -20C making the Winter Olympic Games one of the coldest on record. The Pyeongchang Olympic Committee released a statement saying: “Due to high winds in the Gangneung area, all activities in the common domain of the Gangneung Olympic Park have temporarily been suspended to ensure the safety of all personnel. “Spectators are being encouraged to stay indoors and general admission to the park has been suspended for the remainder of the day.” The strong winds hit the Alpensia…

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Russian fans mock ‘stupid’ ban on athletes at Olympic Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Team Russia was most definitely in the building. Its official athletes were another story. As their home country’s pairs skaters took the ice Wednesday inside the Gangneung Ice Arena, Russians decorated in the colors of their flag packed the stands, whooping and whistling with approval. As punishment for a state-sponsored doping scandal stemming from the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from competing under their nation’s delegation in PyeongChang. Instead, about 170 Russian athletes eligible here must wear nondescript white…

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Olympic Moments: Skiers reach new heights and more

Olympic athletes from Russia huddle before their game against Canada in a women’s preliminary round match. 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 apply for admission to compete as “Olympic athletes from Russia.”

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Winter Olympics: Top 10 facts about the sporting tradition

1. The modern Summer Olympics began in 1896 but the Winter Olympics were only added in 1924.  2. The 1924 event in Chamonix was run by the French Olympic Committee but only recognised by the International Olympic Committee as official Winter Olympics after they had finished.  3. There were 16 events at the 1924 Winter Olympics compared with 102 events this year.  4. Until 1992 Winter Olympics were held in the same year as Summer Games. Since then it has been in years midway between Summer Olympics.  5. The USA…

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An Olympic first: sexual assault centers open at games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — At these Winter Olympics, more than 2,900 athletes, 16,000 volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators are calling the PyeongChang region home for the next two weeks. This sudden influx of guests has Jeon Won Hee holed up inside a small office at the Olympic Park here. She’s just steps from the action at the hockey and skating venues, but her responsibilities are focused elsewhere: helping to combat sexual assault at these games. Jeon Won Hee, a counselor with Gender Equality Support Center, works in the…

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Olympic Games hit by CYBER ATTACK but source will not be revealed

The attack crashed the internet-connected televisions at the press centres and also shut down the official Winter Olympics website.  Both the unpredictable state of North Korea with its history of launching missiles and Russia who have been banned from the Games after state-sponsored doping have been linked as potential hackers.  Organisers claim the hack, which lasted for 20 minutes, had not compromised any critical part of their operations. International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said: “Maintaining secure operations is our purpose. “We are not going to comment on the…

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US Vice President continues WAR OF WORDS with North Korea despite Winter Olympics progress

The US politician has said that America, South Korea and Japan are all fully agreed on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, despite the two Koreas appearing to strengthen diplomatic ties at the Winter Olympics. Mr Pence said: “There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program.” He made the remarks to reporters during a flight to the US following his visit…

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Despite defeat, unified Korean women’s ice hockey team shines

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They may have lost in their debut game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday night, but the first-ever joint Korean women’s ice hockey team easily won the crowd. The team, comprised of players from the North and the South, has been a highly anticipated feature of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, which is being held just 50 miles from the North Korean border and follows a string of tense moments between the two nations. But with these Olympics bringing optimism for continued diplomacy and a potential pathway…

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Top U.S. figure skaters found inspiration in two Olympians

On the 14th day of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Michelle Kwan took the ice. Wearing a costume by designer Vera Wang and leading the female singles figure skaters after the short program two days before, the then six-time U.S. champion and four-time world champion performed triple jump after triple jump punctuated by a near 10-second-long spiral with her leg held high above her head, a signature move. At home, siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani watched in awe. Whenever Michelle Kwan texts me or mentions my name, I’m…

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