2018 Winter Olympics - updates

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North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ruling Workers' Party, made a rare trip to the South to attend the February 25 closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics

ARRIVAL. Kim Yong Chol (C), who leads a North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, arrives at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on February 25, 2018. Korea Pool/AFP

IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony

IOC BAN. People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/OTO/AFP

High-level North Korean delegates arrive in the South

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The visit by a delegation led by North Korean general Kim Yong Chol is the final piece of the Games-led diplomacy that has dominated headlines from Pyeongchang

KIM YONG CHOL. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). File Photo by Jo Yong-hak/AFP

Relatives protest visit by N. Korea general blamed for warship sinking

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Kim Yong Chol will head an 8-member delegation at the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony Sunday at Pyeongchang, South Korea

PROTESTS. Anti-North Korean protesters march during a rally against an upcoming visit by Kim Yong Chol who will head an eight-member delegation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games' closing ceremony, in Seoul on February 24, 2018. Photo by Joseph Chung/AFP

Snowboard queen Ledecka fastest in Olympic history bid

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Ledecka is looking to become the first woman to win gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Olympics

OLYMPIC DOUBLE. Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic records the fastest time in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

2018 Winter Olympics: Philippines' Asa Miller lands 70th in giant slalom

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-American, participating in his first Olympiad, clocks in a combined finish time of 2:49.95 in two runs

DREAM COME TRUE. Asa Miller dons the Philippine colors in his first Olympic appearance. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with 6 quads

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Chen breaks his own record of 5 quads set last year

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Wind causes alpine chaos as slalom postponed

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Strong winds buffet the Rainbow course in Yongpyong, making it unsafe to hold the race

Be my Olympic Valentine: Pyeongchang becomes dating hotspot

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Skeptics may say they should be concentrating more on winning medals, but with time to kill between their events, some male and female competitors appear to have gone looking for a match on Tinder

TOP FORM. Athletes practice during a speed skating training session at the Gangneung Oval Arena during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung on February 8, 2018. Aris Messinis/AFP

Japanese speed skater vows to clear name in first 2018 Olympics drug case

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test prior to the event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says in a statement

SPEED SKATING. This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea's Seo Yira (L) and Japan's Kei Saito (R) taking part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. Mladen Antonov/AFP

North Korea's Kim lauds South's hospitality

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says it is important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula

HISTORIC. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun wins South Korea's first gold. Meanwhile, the joint Korean women's ice hockey team competes, as Kim Yo Jong – sister of Kim Jong Un – watches from the stands.

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Kim Yo Jong is part of a high-level diplomatic delegation led by the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam as the Winter Olympics trigger a diplomatic rapprochement between the rivals

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Winter Games

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The parade is part of the nuclear-armed North's Olympics-linked charm offensive

Doping hangs over Olympics before they even begin

Feb 08, 2018 - 1:53 PM

WADA chief: 'Every effort has been made to provide a proper playing field for the athletes and I hope, more than anything else, that at the end of the Games that is what it will be'

NO DOPING PLEASE. Volunteers stand next to the doping control area at the Olympic Village ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Franck Fife/AFP

Kim Jong-Un's sister to visit South Korea in historic first

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yo-Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers' Party, will be part of a high-level delegation for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

BROTHER AND SISTER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 12, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Sin Islet defence company in Kangwon province, while Kim Yo-Jong (2nd L) his younger sister, follows him.  KCNA via KNS / File / AFP

The invisible team: Russia here but not here at Pyeongchang Olympics

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:56 PM

It is all a far cry from 4 years ago, when Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics and the country soared to the top of the medals table

Russia's team leader and driver Nadezhda Sergeeva takes a turn in the first women's unofficial bobsleigh training session during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Mark Ralston

North Korean cheerleaders in high spirits on Olympic arrival

Feb 07, 2018 - 12:58 PM

More than 200 North Korean cheerleaders will root for athletes from both sides of the peninsula at the Winter Olympics

UPBEAT. North Korean cheering squads wave upon their arrival at the Korean-transit office near the Demilitarized Zone ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Paju on February 7, 2018. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

U.S. won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rex Tillerson: 'With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see'

VEEP. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

No Olympics for Russians who had life bans lifted

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:45 PM

15 Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week are barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee says

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on December 12, 2017 shows a man talking on the phone in front of the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

North Korea's ceremonial head of state to visit South

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-Nam is expected to arrive on Friday, February 9, for a 3-day visit related to the Winter Olympics

North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong-Nam (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's President, Truong Tan Sang (seated), after delivering a speech at a plenary session during the Asian Africa Conference in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Asian and African leaders have gathered in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY

More athletes from Russia may make it to Olympics

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:09 PM

A specialist IOC panel would rule on whether the 13 Russian athletes and two coaches would be allowed to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics

WELCOME TO PYEONGCHANG. This file photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Pyeongchang sets Winter Olympic record – for condoms

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'We don't expect the athletes to use them all'

OLYMPIC SOUVENIR. This undated handout photo provided by condom-making company Convenience Co. in Seoul on February 1, 2018 shows a product shot of its 'original natural fit premium latex condom.' Convenience Co/Handout/AFP

North Korean athletes to fly South for Winter Olympics

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The arrival of North Korean skiers and skaters in South Korea sets the stage for a 'peace Olympics' after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program

FLYING SOUTH. A North Korean national flag (top centre L) and other nations' flags flutter over the Athletes Village in Gangneung on February 1, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Yonhap/AFP

South Korea urges North to talk before military drills restart

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Seoul and the US have only agreed to put off major joint military exercises until after the end of the Paralympics on March 25

HIGH-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon speaks during a press conference at a government complex in Seoul on January 2, 2018, and proposes holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

PH's Michael Martinez to compete in 2018 Winter Olympics

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Martinez takes the place of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov

RETURN. Michael Martinez gains a spot in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

North Korean Olympic ice hockey players arrive in South

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:14 AM

The North is contributing 12 players to the unified Korea ice hockey squad

ARRIVAL. North Korea's women's ice hockey players who will form a unified Korean team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics arrive at the inter-Korea transit office near the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas in Paju on January 25, 2018. Korea pool/AFP

Seoul envoys visit North Korea ahead of Olympics

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The visit comes even as Pyongyang demands Seoul apologize for 'despicable' protestors who burned Kim Jong-Un's image, as controversy mounts over the rapprochement

CONTROVERSY. South Korean portestors try to burn a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during an anti-North Korea rally outside Seoul station in Seoul on January 22, 2018 as a North Korean delegation arrives at the station. Yonhap/AFP

North Korea delegates arrive in Seoul for pre-Olympics inspection

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The visit is the first by Pyongyang officials to the South since before left-leaning South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who advocates dialogue with the North, took office last May

SOUTH OF THE BORDER. Hyon Song-Wol (C), the leader of North Korea's popular Moranbong band, arrives at Seoul station in Seoul on January 21, 2018 before boarding a train bound for the eastern city of Gangneung. Korea Pool/AFP

Incheon airport opens new terminal before Olympics

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The new terminal will allow 18 million more passengers to pass through the Seoul-area hub each year

BRAND NEW. The mascot of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics is set at the arrival gate of Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on January 18, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Two Koreas in talks on 2018 Winter Olympics athletes

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a 'peace Olympics' in the face of tensions over the North's weapons programs

NEGOTIATIONS. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows North Korean delegation members (R) talking with South Korean delegation members (L) during their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 17, 2018. South Korean Unification Ministry/AFP

South Korea's Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'But it cannot be a meeting for meeting's sake. To hold a summit, the right conditions must be created and certain outcomes must be guaranteed.'

ADDRESS TO NATION. A man watches a television screen broadcasting live footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-In's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Chen signals Olympic intentions with emphatic triumph at US Figure Skating Championships

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Chen is sure to head the US Olympic squad after landing 5 quadruple jumps in his free skate to continue his unbeaten 2017-18 campaign

CHAMPION. The 18-year-old Chen finished with a total of 315.23 points - 40.72 points more than silver-medallist Ross Miner. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., South Korea 'discuss' military drills amid Olympic worries

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

According to reports Seoul has asked Washington to delay the drills until after the Games to lower the chances of provocations by Pyongyang

PREPS. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / AFP

Winter Olympics chiefs accept IOC ban, will welcome clean Russia athletes

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The decision caught the Games organizers off guard, Lee Hee-Bum, chief of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, says

WELCOME TO PYEONGCHANG. This photo taken February 4, 2017 shows a big banner at tje Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, a venue for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP