Enlarge / Tonga's flagbearer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics may not have been able to order a shirt off the Games' official site in time, thanks to wiper malware bringing the Olympics' networks down. (credit: Steve Russell/ Getty Images) The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee confirmed on Sunday that a malware attack was responsible for disruptions to the Olympics' network before and during opening ceremonies on Friday. Just before the opening ceremony, the official website for the Winter Games went down, leaving attendees unable to print tickets for events or get venue information. The site wasn't restored until 8am Saturday morning. Multiple networks went down, including the Wi-Fi network in the stadium and the network in the Olympic press center. The cause was ...
By Liana B. Baker PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) – Joshua Cooper Ramo, the commentator who offended locals during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony by straying into the sensitive issue of Japan-South Korean relations, has been taken off the air, U.S. broadcaster NBC said on Monday. “Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in […] The post Olympics: NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games appeared first on Politicus USA.
A record number of openly LGBTQ Olympians will compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which opened on Friday. While the 2016 Summer Olympics featured 56 out athletes, only seven out athletes competed in the last Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia. This year, 13 openly LGBTQ athletes will compete in the Winter Games, meaning the number of queer Olympians has virtually doubled since 2014. Pyeongchang is also notable due to its inclusion of out queer men: until this year, an openly gay or bisexual man had never competed in the Winter Olympics. Transgender and non-binary athletes have also never competed in the Winter Games. Media coverage so far has focused predominantly on those out male athletes, like ice skater Adam Rippon, arguably overshadowing the
In frigid temperatures and under the watch of spectators around the world, South Korea opened the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang only minutes ago on Friday night — or Friday morning here in the U.S. — with a joyous ceremony centered on peace. The colorful, culture-filled ceremony featured a trio of young kids who appeared to embark on a journey through South Korea’s rugged mountains with Pyeongchang’s official Olympic mascot, Soohorang, a white tiger. Though details had been kept largely under wraps, opening ceremonies customarily trace the history and culture of the host country. Yang Jung-woong, who directed the opener, reportedly teased beforehand that it would “be like a fairy tale in the winter. It’s a fantasy, which children see as a dream.” The ceremony, which began about 8 p.m
Although the PyeongChang Winter Olympics unofficially kick off mid-week with several events — and NBC’s live coverage begins Thursday evening — the ceremonial start of the highly anticipated Games begin at 6 a.m. E.T. with the opening ceremony. Here are some things to watch for: Cold Forecasters are predicting a possible record-setting chill, with real-feel temperatures as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit at the open-air PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which sits nearly a half-mile above the Sea of Japan and gets blasted with Siberian winds from the north. Organizers are so worried about spectators’ safety that they’ll be handing out poncho-style windbreakers, blankets and heating pads and have hastily built warm-up areas in the 35,000-capacity stands. Peace Without revealing all the specifics, or