Gnidrah’s Winter Olympics round-up!


All the stories you’ve already read, plus one or two you might have missed!

Yep, the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have drawn to a close, and we have to wait another four years for drama in the freezing cold (though if it’s drama in sub-zero temps you want, you could go outside my house and watch my neighbours arguing right now, but I digress)

Here I round up some of the stuff your host broadcaster didn’t bring you (will not contain Lindsey Vonn):

  •  It was a year of a lot of firsts! Thirty years on from the Calgary Games, when their male counterparts first entered, Jamaica’s women took to the bobsleigh track for the first time. Nigeria’s women became the first African nation to compete in the same event. Ecuador, Eritrea, Malaysia and Singapore also all entered for the first time. Proving that not having loads of snow is no barrier to taking part!

Elizabeth Swaney

  •  If you’ve been on one skiing holiday and thought, “I could definitely make my country’s Olympic team”, then Elizabeth Swaney will have done nothing to dispel that crazy notion. The Hungarian ski halfpipe competitor turned in what one might politely call a rather basic routine (I’ll have to post a link with an embedded video, for copyright reasons) But she’s been having the best time!

Not-nice behaviour will follow

  •  From Olympic spirit, to lack thereof – South Korean skaters were bitchy to one another. In the team speed skating competition, your trio records the time achieved by the last person to cross the finish line. Kim Bo-reum and Park Ji-woo claimed they didn’t know that their teammate Noh Seon-yeong was a long way behind them, then blamed her in the press for their failure.  Over 500,000 people signed a petition calling for them to be banned for bullying. That many names and it has to be debated in parliament! It’s made all the worse by the fact that Noh was competing in honour of her brother Jin-kyu, who died of bone cancer in 2016.



  •  South African skier Connor Wilson fell over. A lot. He was the only representative for his nation at the Games, and he’s GREAT, because he got up and carried on, which for me is the main thing about any of this.

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  • This lady wielded the Clipboard of Power. I want one.
  •  K-pop was everywhere. I’d dabbled in it before, of course. But for two weeks all my dreams come true:

Just 10 days to wait till the Paralympics kick off! Thank goodness!




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9 Responses to Gnidrah’s Winter Olympics round-up!

  1. Kate says:

    That Hungarian ski lady is the best. Good for her having some fun!

  2. hotspur says:

    I didn’t watch much of this particular Olympics. I wish I did. You meet people who have pitched their whole lives toward getting 2 minutes exactly right. That’s amazing. PLUS, there is always the chance you will develop an Olympic crush. My first being Katarina Witt. I can’t believe you didn’t marry me in 1984 or 1988, Katarina Witt! I forgive you. Please come home.

    • gnidrah says:

      The time difference really messed with my dedicated 24-7 viewing! Normally I try to turn the TV/computer off as little as possible during a major sporting event but I struggled a bit this time. There were crushes though. By god there were crushes…

  3. Tracey says:

    I love all these stories! The Nigerian bobsledders look like superheroes. I hope this image isn’t super huge:

  4. Ooh, I hadn’t heard about the Korean skater drama.

    • gnidrah says:

      It was actually painful to watch, the girl was in tears and they walked away from her, BUT, whilst not condoning it, that too was a very human episode. I understand that in the moment, when you’re raw and upset, even the most trained athlete is still going to feel like that. However I hope that in the next moment, we’d apologise…which seems to have not happened in the best way possible…

      • hotspur says:

        Maybe in the speed-skating situation, her teammates have a long history of putting up with the slow skater not trying hard, and right before the event, they were like “Don’t blow it, Noh! Remember when you skipped practice because you wanted to work on your mood board? We wanted to kill you. But you promised you’d place first. And last night? When we said to sleep, but you stayed up till dawn watching YouTubes of panicking squirrels? DO NOT BLOW THIS FOR US.” Maybe! Then she blew it. Ouch.

        But this week I read an LA Times sports writer piling on one of the US figure skaters, and, like, where’s HE get off? He wrote that she let us all down and doesn’t have what it takes, and we never should have sent her, she doesn’t deserve our respect, plus her reign might spell the actual end of US figure skating. It was disturbing! And plenty of knuckleheads in the comment section were like: YEAH! SHE’S A BAD PERSON! Meanwhile, she’d won bronze? Like, she is third best on the PLANET.

        • gnidrah says:

          Lol-ing at “mood board”!!

          I swear skaters (both figure and speed) bring out the worst in commentary – like we all went to an ice rink once when we were kids, so now we’re all experts?!

          (Johnny Weir *is* an expert though, so what he says goes 😃)

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