BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup World By Alex Perry 02/14/18 AT 11:30 AM The story of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang has undoubtedly been North Korea’s presence at the games. Though the nation traditionally competes in the Olympics, its presence in South Korea has been a novel sign of potential easing of diplomatic tensions between the neighboring countries.Head of state Kim Jong-un did not appear at the games, but his sister Kim Yo-jong became the first member of that family to step foot in South Korea in almost 70 years. Her rare, amicable public appearances with South Korean leadership led to even rarer positive media attention for the North.However, since Kim Jong-un would not personally show up to the Olympics, an Australian impersonator stepped in for him. He generated headlines Wednesday by appearing before the North Korean cheerleaders in the stands, which gave the cheerleaders a brief … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-Un Impersonator Meets North Korean Cheerleaders At Olympics
Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed on Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder. Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh news agencies reported. Doctors in Almaty say he died in hospital there. He was aged 25. Born in Kazakhstan to a family of Korean descent, Ten's bronze at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan's first medalist in figure skating. Sex Abuse Victims Join Hands, Accept Courage Award at ESPYs Canadian skater Patrick Chan, who won silver in the same competition, said on Twitter he was "honored and grateful to have shared the ice" with Ten. "One of the most beautiful skaters to have graced our sport. My thoughts are with his family during this unimaginable time." The International Skating Union said it was "deeply saddened" by news of Ten's death. "Today is truly a dark day for all of us who knew and … [Read more...] about Olympic Figure Skating Medalist Denis Ten Killed in Kazakhstan
Aug 02, 3:51 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Sports By Bobby Ilich 02/11/18 AT 11:54 AM The U.S. has won two early medals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, tying them with the Czech Republic for fifth place in the medal standings in Day 3. Team USA has one gold medal and one silver, trailing countries Norway (8), the Netherlands (5), Germany (4) and Canada (4) in the overall medal count. Both of Team USA's medals were historic.Red Gerard became the youngest American man to win a medal at the Winter Olympics when he captured gold Sunday in the men's slopestyle snowboarding and despite crashing on his first two runs. The 17-year-old, who was the only American to qualify for the event, nailed his final run to post a score of 87.16, to edge two Canadian snowboarders."I was surprised to make it even to the finals of the Olympics and to get first is above me. I don't even know what's … [Read more...] about Winter Olympics 2018 Medal Count: How Many Medals Has Team USA Won In Pyeongchang?
South Korea’s Gangwon Province faces huge debts after hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics this year, becoming the latest venue to suffer in the aftermath of holding a large-scale international sporting event. According to a report from South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo on Wednesday, the mountainous province has incurred most of the cost of hosting the games, with many workers still demanding unpaid wages. This month, a group of subcontractors held a press conference demanding eight billion won ($7.2 million) they say they are owed.The province also faces the extremely high cost of maintenance for the games’ venues, such as the speed skating rink and ice hockey center now, many of which now sit empty. The cost of maintenance until 2022 is expected to be around 20.3 billion Korean won, equivalent to roughly $18 million. Environmentalists and local officials are embroiled in an ongoing dispute over the alpine skiing venue in … [Read more...] about PyeongChang Winter Olympics Leave South Korea with Massive Debt
Sep 19, 5:13 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 09/19/18 AT 4:41 AM North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In in the third summit between the two leaders in Pyongyang on Tuesday, during which they discussed a broad range of topics including denuclearization, reducing military tension and co-hosting the 2032 Olympics.“The world is going to see how this divided nation is going to bring about a new future on its own," Kim promised on the second day of the three-day summit. Moon echoed similar sentiments when he said, "The era of no war has started.”Here are a few important highlights from the Pyongyang summit, courtesy South Korean news outlet Yonhap News: Denuclearization talks Kim agreed to implement additional measures for denuclearization during the summit in Pyongyang."The North has agreed to permanently shut down its … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un-Moon Jae-In Summit: North Korea Denuclearization, 2032 Olympics, Other Highlights