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  • The ultimate Winter Games fitness test – five reasons to follow cross-country skiing

    The marathon men and women of the Winter Games show cross-country skiing is perhaps the ultimate fitness test. Here are five reasons to watch the sport in the 2018 Olympics. Cross-country skiers are some of the fittest athletes in the world Participants in this sport have an astonishing lung capacity. Some of the world’s best boast the

  • Mark McMorris: Five things about snowboarding’s brilliant and resilient trailblazer

    Mark McMorris has become one of the leading lights of the snowboarding world, wowing crowds with his vast array of tricks and marrying that style with substance to earn an impressive collection of Winter X Games gold medals and a bronze in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Here are five things worth knowing about the

  • Five reasons to follow ski jumping in PyeongChang

    One of the oldest men’s winter events (1924) and newest women’s ones (2014), ski jumping never fails to thrill. Here are five storylines to follow during these Games. Stefan Kraft’s feats of flight Last season, Austrian ski jumper Stefan Kraft set a world record for traveling 235.5 meters in one jump, an astonishing, gravity-defying feat. The

  • Staying ice cool and redefining cool – five reasons to follow curling in Korea

    Likened to chess – or bowls on ice – curling is the ultimate test of skill and tactical nous. Here’s why you should tune into the sport at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang… Curling island Ailsa Craig is a craggy island off the coast of Scotland that is home to a solitary automated lighthouse

  • Five reasons to look out for luge in PyeongChang

    The luge is fast and furious, with competitors hurtling down sheet ice at bewildering speeds. Here’s why you need to keep a close eye on the discipline at PyeongChang 2018. High risk, high reward This is effectively extreme sledding, with competitors reaching top speeds of 85-90mph on a state-of-the art sled. All this is done

  • Five golden home hopes at PyeongChang 2018

    Nothing gets an Olympic Games crowd going as much as a home victory. Here are five of the Republic of Korea’s best hopes of success at PyeongChang 2018. Lee Sang-hwa The speed skater is already a sporting legend in South Korea after winning gold in the women’s 500m at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter

  • Five things to know about speed skating superstar Lee Sang-Hwa

    Even on the Republic of Korea’s roster of  speed skating stars, Lee Sang-hwa stands apart. She is the world record holder in the 500m and will be bidding for a third straight Olympic Games gold in PyeongChang 2018. Here are some fascinating facts about the superstar … She was chosen to carry the family’s dream

  • Classy Kim and a duel to savour – five reasons to follow figure skating in PyeongChang

    Figure skating is usually one of the most eagerly anticipated events at the Olympic Winter Games. The 2018 competition promises to be particularly special. Here’s why… 1. Yuzuru Hanyu vs. Nathan Chen Reigning men’s short program individual champion Yuzuru Hanyu goes into PyeongChang as the favorite for gold – but a young pretender is snapping