Pyeongchang

What is Team OAR and why are they in the Olympics?

With the Olympics underway, there’s already hot competition and more than a little confusion.  Commentators keep mentioning Russian athletes, but weren’t they banned? And who is this team OAR that keeps cropping up and winning medals? What’s the deal?  Team OAR stands for “Olympic Athletes From Russia,” a group of 169 athletes from Russia who …

The nation is ready to give Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim all the junk food she wants

Chloe Kim, one of Team USA’s early breakout stars of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, will probably never have to pay for a burrito or breakfast sandwich again for the rest of her life. It all started when Kim captured America’s collective heart not just by being an amazing snowboarder but by tweeting — including during …

Robots are having their own Olympics, but they kind of suck at skiing

Don’t worry, the robot uprising isn’t coming yet. The mechanic athletes competing Hoengseong, about an hour outside Pyeongchang, South Korea are a mess.  Eight robotics teams from South Korea’s research institutes, universities and a private company competed in a tournament called “Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge.” The goal? Race robots down a ski slope …

Tinder users are changing their locations to match with athletes at the Winter Olympics

Gold medalists from Team Canada celebrate their Tinder success (OK, maybe not) at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Image: Adam Pretty/Getty Images By Rachel Thompson2018-02-12 15:49:45 UTC Apparently watching the Winter Olympics on television will no longer suffice in making people feel at the very heart of the action. These days, people are changing their Tinder …

You have to hear this bluff about why the Dutch are good at speed skating

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands, clearly the best in his country at getting to work on time.Image: Harry How/Getty Images By Johnny Lieu2018-02-12 04:25:36 UTC It’s no secret the Dutch are quite good at speed skating. Athletes from the Netherlands have already claimed two gold medals at the Winter Olympics. In fact, all three medals …

Please enjoy these photos of an Olympic coach knitting on the slopes

When the stakes are high, this Finnish Olympic snowboarding coach stays cool with a little light, slope-side crafting.  As Yahoo Sports noted (via HuffPost), Antti Koskinen of Finland was spotted knitting this weekend at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. How pleasant! Turns out, slope-side knitting is something of a tradition for Koskinen. …

Watch this Olympic skater perform to Beyoncé

Who run the world? French Olympic figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité, who on Sunday in Pyeongchang performed her short program to Beyoncé’s anthem “Run The World (Girls),” and a cover of “Halo.”  Though Méité’s performance came in ninth place, it delighted viewers for its sense of fun.  Cosmopolitan caught up with Méité post performance to ask …

Snowboarder recovers from horrific accident to win Olympic medal

You’d look as stoked as Mark McMorris if you’d crashed into a tree and then, less than a year later won an Olympic medal.Image: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images By Rebecca Ruiz2018-02-11 19:42:20 UTC In March 2017, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris laid in a hospital bed with fractured ribs, a fractured left arm, pelvis, and jaw, along …

South Korea is slowly moving toward LGBTQ acceptance — and the Olympics can help

When LGBTQ Olympians traveled to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games, they stepped into a battle none of them particularly wanted to fight. A year prior, Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed the country’s first anti-gay propaganda law. The government was in the middle of a brutal crackdown against the LGBTQ population, and queer Olympians …

Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.  That’s a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned drones flown simultaneously, beating the previous record of 500 in Germany in 2016. Both records involved Intel’s Shooting Star drones.  The 1,218-drone light show in South Korea was pre-recorded. Still, …