Road to PyeongChang

  • 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

  • Throwback: Torvill & Dean’s ‘Bolero’ brillance brings home ice-dancing gold

    February 14, 1984 When Jayne Torvill and  Christopher Dean took their turn in the ice dancing competition at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, half of their native United Kingdom was watching on television. By the time they finished, fans all over the world were in awe. With 24 million people tuning in from Great Britain alone, Torvill

  • Throwback: Kjetil Andre Aamodt becomes the youngest and oldest Olympic Super-G gold medalist

    February 18, 2006 For a time, Kjetil Andre Aamodt laid claim to one of the more unique Olympic records in downhill skiing. When the Norwegian downhill skier finished his incredible run in the super-G at the Turin Games in 2006, beating Hermann Maier by 0.13 seconds to win Olympic gold, he became both the youngest

  • Throwback: Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis gives away gold with unnecessary jump

    February 17, 2006 American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis should have been the first Olympic gold medalist in snowboard cross. As the discipline made its Olympic debut at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, the 19-year-old had been winning gold medals in it everywhere else, including three straight Winter X Games and a recent World Championships. It looked

  • Countdown to PyeongChang 2018 – 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games

    A HUGE concert will be held in Seoul to celebrate the 100-day countdown to the biggest Olympic Winter Games in history. K-pop stars including EXO and Twice will perform at the event in Gwanghwamun Square, with a simultaneous celebration in Incheon. Other events will be held around the world, including one in New York’s Times Square.

  • Throwback: When pioneer Camplin landed freestyle skiing gold in Salt Lake City

    Feb 18th, 2002 Alisa Camplin became the first woman from the southern hemisphere to win Olympic Winter Games gold – not bad for a woman from Melbourne who didn’t even ski until she was 19. In fact Camplin didn’t set eyes on snow until she was a teenager and used to practise jumps in a

  • Figure skating and ice hockey’s Summer Games start

    Bizarrely, both figure skating and ice hockey owe their Olympic history to the Summer Games. Figure skating is the oldest Olympic discipline from the Winter Games, making its debut in London all the way back in 1908. Among the gold medallists were Russian skater Nikolai Panin, who won the men’s special figures title. On this

  • Sport guide – Luge: finding the right line at lightning speed with frightening risks

    Luge is the fastest of the sledding sports, with athletes taking the traditional sledging position – feet first – to extremes. Flattening themselves into an aerodynamic position in a streamlined race suit, they reach speeds of around 140kph. Steering is performed by flexing the calves onto the sled runners to direct their line. Only those that

  • Dominant Norway top Winter Games medal table

    Norway top the medal table when it comes to the Olympic Winter Games. While the Scandinavian nation has a tally of 148 medals in total during its history at the Summer Games, it has amassed nearly that number of golds alone when it comes to the Winter Games. The collection stands at 118 gold and