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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!