• Throwback: ‘Queen’ Kim crowned in Canada after figure skating’s ‘Comaneci moment’

      A Crown for the queen   February 25, 2010 The Republic of Korea had never even won a medal outside speed skating before the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, let alone a gold. That all changed in Vancouver with the coronation of Yuna Kim, known as ‘Queen Yuna’ in her homeland, where she was

  • Five facts about the beautiful and intricate PyeongChang 2018 medals

    The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games medals were unveiled at a ceremony in Seoul in September. They are undoubtedly among the most beautiful and clever Olympic medal designs we have ever seen. Front The medals were designed by Republic of Korea artist Lee Suk-woo, who was inspired by the letters of the Hangeul Alphabet, which

  • Throwback: Comeback Sochi bronze earns Clark stunning snowboard hat-trick

    A Bronze that is worth a Gold   February 12, 2014 Kelly Clark is the most decorated female snowboarder of all time, yet it was a bronze medal that marked her proudest achievement in the sport. Clark became the first American snowboard gold medallist, winning the half pipe at the age of just 18 at

  • 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

  • Throwback: ‘Flying Finn’ Toni Nieminen becomes youngest Winter Olympics gold medalist

    February 16th, 1992 Toni Nieminen might have been too young to drive, but he certainly was not too young to fly. When the Finnish ski jumper arrived at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, he was only 16 years old and in his first year of international competition. But thanks to his new v-shape technique (ski

  • Throwback: Eric Heiden wins five speed-skating gold medals at Lake Placid

    February 23, 1980 The “Miracle on Ice” nearly kept Eric Heiden from performing his own legendary marvel. Having already won gold in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 5000m at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, the American speed skater stayed up a little later than usual the night before his 10,000m race to watch the U.S. hockey team’s

  • Throwback: Grafstrom retains Olympic figure skating title in first Winter Games

    Winning Figure Skating Gold… in Summer   January 30, 1924 Slightly confusingly, Gillis Grafstrom entered the Olympic Winter Games Chamonix 1924 as the reigning men’s figure skating champion, despite the fact it was the first Winter Games. This was because the sport had twice featured at the Summer Games, including Antwerp 1920 where the elegant

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    IOC announce decision on Russian participation at PyeongChang 2018

    The IOC has announced the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and the creation of a path to enable clean Russian athletes to compete at PyeongChang 2018. The decisions come after the IOC’s Executive Board met in Lausanne to discuss the findings of the Schmid Report, investigating the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in

  • Throwback: Olympic glory follows Williams from race track to ice track

    Making an entrance   February 19, 2014 Lauryn Williams burst onto the global athletics scene in some style when she won sprint gold at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. At the time of her climb to the top step of the podium for the 100 metres in Finland, she was just 21 years old.

  • 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