Wintertime Olympics: reaches and misses from the Pyeongchang Games27 days ago
With the 2018 Games behind us, here is a look at some of the highs and lows of South Koreas Winter Olympics
Hit: North Korea’s cheerleaders
North Korea sent more synchronised cheerleaders than athletes to Pyeongchang, and everywhere they ran the women were constantly photographed and cheered. For many South Koreans it was the first time they’d ever met any of their northern neighbours. The DPRK’s male minders made sure, though, that the latter are kept very separate from the general population.
Miss: Mike Pence
It was a tough Olympics for US vice-president Mike Pence. Before and during the Games he was vocally criticised by LGBT athletes Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon for his attitude to gay rights. Then at the opening ceremony Pence found himself awkwardly sat near to Kim Jong-un’s sister and the North Korean VIP delegation, at a time when at home the USA was piling more diplomatic pressure on the DPRK over its nuclear programme. He did not shake their hands.
Hit: Marit Bjorgen
Norway’s Marit Bjorgen stimulated history as the most decorated ever Winter Olympics athlete. With 15 medals overall, she claimed her seventh and eighth gold medals in cross-country skiing in South Korea. Aged 37, it was her fifth Olympics. The top three Winter Olympians of all time are Norwegian: Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Bjorn Daehlie have 13 and 12 medals respectively, and the country topped Pyeongchang’s medal table.
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