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How U.S.-born ice dancers ended up competing for South Korea

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — American-born ice dancers Alex Gamelin and Yura Min grabbed headlines in their Olympic debut, but for a reason they never expected: The back of Min’s costume came unhooked about 20 seconds into their performance, forcing her to continue their routine while struggling to keep her top in place. “Despite the wardrobe malfunction, it was awesome,” Min said of their Olympic debut. While they ended up in ninth place in the sport as a team, the duo from Detroit will step onto the ice on Monday for…

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Rippon’s body image comments highlight hidden struggle among gay men

Figure skater Adam Rippon has not been shy about speaking out on issues that matter to him. The newly minted Olympic bronze medalist has talked about the importance of LGBTQ representation at the Winter Games, and he has publicly sparred with Vice President Mike Pence over Pence’s alleged support of so-called gay conversion therapy. This week, Rippon spoke up about another issue, one that has reportedly been an open secret in the world of male figure skating and a pervasive problem in the gay male community: eating disorders.  Figure skater…

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Winter Olympics 2018: Watch UNBELIEVABLE moment Dom Parsons secures GB first medal

Heading into the final heat, Parsons was in third place but there was just a few hundredths-of-a-second separating second and fourth. Olympic Athlete from Russia Nikita Tregubov went before Parsons and the Briton was unable to run faster than him, meaning it was out of his hands with two riders to go. Emotion was etched on Parsons’ face as he realised he had to hope for a mistake from Martins Durkurs. The Latvian made an error in the early stages and as he flashed through the speed traps, hope was…

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Politics Threatened to Overshadow the Winter Olympics. The Athletes Wouldn't Let That Happen

All Olympic Games become a platform for causes bigger than the events they showcase. But the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics threatened to overshadow anything set to take place on the snow and ice in PyeongChang, South Korea. The location of the global gathering, barely 50 miles from the heavily armed demilitarized zone that marks the border with North Korea, guaranteed that the rogue state and the nuclear ambitions of its unpredictable leader would cast a fraught shadow over the action. For a while, it did. The flourish of…

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North Korea THREAT: Kim regime building NEW weapons NOW as world distracted with Olympics

North Korea has been fanning concerns of War War 3 with a series of missile tests threatening the US overseas territory of Guam and allies in South Korea and Japan. Despotic leader Kim Jong-un extended an olive branch towards Seoul shortly before the start of the Olympic Games last week but experts have been wary of his unexpected diplomatic streak.  Former CIA North Korea analyst Jung Pak said a lack of missile testing did not mean North Korea had altogether stopped weapons production. She said: “I see the Olympic outreach…

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Here are the best Olympic medal trackers – CNET

Wikimedia Commons The father of the modern Olympic Games, Baron de Coubertin, viewed the international competition as a way to promote peace and understanding between different nations and cultures, stating, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” That’s all well and good, but if you want to keep score at home of which countries are taking home the most hardware from Pyeongchang, then here are the best online Olympic medal counters. Olympics.org…

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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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America’s Olympic team: faster, higher, stronger for longer – with kids

There’s something new under the sun in Pyeongchang: the first two American women to become five-time Winter Olympians. Snowboarder Kelly Clark and cross-country skier Kikkan Randall both began their Olympic careers on home turf in Salt Lake City, and have not only reached the top of their sport but also brought along a new generation of world-class competitors. They are among a growing number of competitors coming back for successive Olympic Games in record numbers: this year there are 12 four-time Olympians on Team USA – triple the number there…

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Skeleton: how to hurtle down an ice-track on a ‘tea tray’ – Winter Olympics video

Skeleton is a winter sport in which competitors hurl themselves head-first down an ice track on a sled resembling a tea tray and back in the news again thanks to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Before the 2014 Games, Barry Glendenning visited the University of Bath to try out the sport, getting some tips from the soon-to-be-gold-medallist Lizzy Yarnold, who is among the favourites again in 2018

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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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