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Italian job: 2026 Winter Olympics to be staged in Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo

Jun 25, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Italy beats off a bid from Sweden to host the Winter Games for the third time

BACK IN ITALY. Cortina d'Ampezzo will be home to the Winter Olympics for the second time. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

May 26, 2018 - 7:58 PM

During a visit to Moscow, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe presents the puppy to Zagitova, who won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim meets IOC chief in Pyongyang

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Kim Jong-Un thanks International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach for helping to bring about a 'dramatic thawing' of tensions on the Korean peninsula

IN PYONGYANG. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

I'm so sorry: 5 memorable sporting apologies

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Here are 5 high-profile incidents of athletes apologizing

ADMISSION. Photo illustration showing a woman watches on her computer as Oprah Winfrey interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping while competing professionally in the sport, as seen from Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Red Velvet, Seohyun of Girls' Generation to perform in North Korea

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Seoul will send a total of 160 performers to Pyongyang for a 4-day visit from March 31 to April 3

RED VELVET. Kpop girl group Red Velvet is set perform in Pyeongyang, first time a South Korean artist holds a concert in since 2007. Screenshot from Instagram.com/redvelvet.smtown

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ruling Workers' Party, made a rare trip to the South to attend the February 25 closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics

ARRIVAL. Kim Yong Chol (C), who leads a North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, arrives at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on February 25, 2018. Korea Pool/AFP

WATCH: EXO, CL electrify fans in 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:24 PM

K-pop fans all over the world go wild over EXO and CL in the Winter Games finale

MAIN HIGHLIGHT. EXO's performance makes headlines in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremonies. Photo from Twitter (@weareoneexo)

2 Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:38 PM

Unlike the Games' opening, the North and South Korean athletes march separately, although some North Koreans held the blue-and-white Korean Unification emblem

CLOSING. The Olympic flag is brought down ahead of the handover to the next Winter Olympics host Beijing during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony

IOC BAN. People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/OTO/AFP

High-level North Korean delegates arrive in the South

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(2nd UPDATE) The visit by a delegation led by North Korean general Kim Yong Chol is the final piece of the Games-led diplomacy that has dominated headlines from Pyeongchang

KIM YONG CHOL. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). File Photo by Jo Yong-hak/AFP

Relatives protest visit by N. Korea general blamed for warship sinking

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Kim Yong Chol will head an 8-member delegation at the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony Sunday at Pyeongchang, South Korea

PROTESTS. Anti-North Korean protesters march during a rally against an upcoming visit by Kim Yong Chol who will head an eight-member delegation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games' closing ceremony, in Seoul on February 24, 2018. Photo by Joseph Chung/AFP

Snowboard queen Ledecka fastest in Olympic history bid

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Ledecka is looking to become the first woman to win gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Olympics

OLYMPIC DOUBLE. Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic records the fastest time in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kim Yong Chol is widely blamed for a spate of attacks against the South including the torpedoing nearly 8 years ago of the Seoul's Cheonan corvette, with the loss of 46 lives

KIM YONG CHOL. This file picture taken on December 13, 2007 shows North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong Chol (C) and North Korean soldiers crossing the border which divides the two Koreas to attend the inter-Korean general talks at the South's side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). File Photo by Jo Yong-hak/AFP

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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'Skated with our hearts': Virtue and Moir win stunning gold

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'We knew today we'd put in a fantastic performance, gave it all we had, we skated with our hearts,' Scott Moir says of his record-breaking ice dance Winter Olympics win with fellow Canadian Tessa Virtue

HEARTS. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Canada's Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

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PRESIDENTIAL AIDE. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital  in Davao City on January 29, 2018. Malacañang Photo

2018 Winter Olympics: Philippines' Asa Miller lands 70th in giant slalom

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The 17-year-old Filipino-American, participating in his first Olympiad, clocks in a combined finish time of 2:49.95 in two runs

DREAM COME TRUE. Asa Miller dons the Philippine colors in his first Olympic appearance. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP


The week in photos: February 10-16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People throw talcum powder during the street carnival 'Los Indianos' in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma, on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with 6 quads

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Chen breaks his own record of 5 quads set last year

Cybersecurity roundup: February 11 to 17, 2018

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Here's an overview of some of the major occurrences in the cybersecurity sector from February 11 to 17

Mexican Olympian gets hero's welcome – after finishing last

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After crossing the finish after 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of gruelling freestyle cross-country racing on Friday, February 16, German Madrazo is lifted high into the air and onto the shoulders of two other athletes

AN ACHEIVEMENT. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua (L) and Morocco's Samir Azzimani (R) lift Mexico's German Madrazo onto their shoulders as they celebrate at the finish line in the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Wind causes alpine chaos as slalom postponed

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Strong winds buffet the Rainbow course in Yongpyong, making it unsafe to hold the race

Calida on Ombudsman probe, Roque on fake news bill, HRW on Duterte | Evening wRap

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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Be my Olympic Valentine: Pyeongchang becomes dating hotspot

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Skeptics may say they should be concentrating more on winning medals, but with time to kill between their events, some male and female competitors appear to have gone looking for a match on Tinder

TOP FORM. Athletes practice during a speed skating training session at the Gangneung Oval Arena during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung on February 8, 2018. Aris Messinis/AFP

Japanese speed skater vows to clear name in first 2018 Olympics drug case

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test prior to the event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says in a statement

SPEED SKATING. This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea's Seo Yira (L) and Japan's Kei Saito (R) taking part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. Mladen Antonov/AFP

North Korea's Kim lauds South's hospitality

Feb 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says it is important to build on the Olympics-driven momentum for dialogue on the divided peninsula

HISTORIC. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

Michael Martinez, Asa Miller carry PH colors in Winter Olympics 2018

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Michael Martinez will compete on February 16 in the men's single skating while Asa Miller will see action on February 18 in the men's alpine skiing

CARRYING THE FLAG. Michael Martinez (left) and Asa Miller (right) are donning the Philippine colors in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo from Martinez' Facebook account and Miller's Instagram account


Poe on fake news bill, Mercado on frigates probe, Basyang slows down | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:08 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 12, 2018

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

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Love on ice – skating and dating at the Olympics

Feb 11, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Love on and off the ice may or may not conquer all

SOUL MATES. USA's Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim share a life together both on and off the ice. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Day 1: Medal tally, brief results

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Germany leads the medal tally so far, with 2 gold medals. The Netherlands and Norway have bagged 4 medals each.

GOLD MEDAL. Germany's Andreas Wellinger celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the men's normal hill individual ski jumping event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018, in Pyeongchang.  Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas

Feb 10, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Short-track speed skater Lim Hyo-jun wins South Korea's first gold. Meanwhile, the joint Korean women's ice hockey team competes, as Kim Yo Jong – sister of Kim Jong Un – watches from the stands.

Kim Jong Un invites S. Korea's Moon to Pyongyang

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, says Kim was willing to meet the South's leader 'at the earliest date possible'

DISPATCH. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong hands over an autographed letter from Kim Jong Un to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on February 10, 2018. Photo from Yonhap / AFP

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

North and South Korea heads of state meet, shake hands

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Kim Yong Nam, who is officially leading Pyongyang's diplomatic delegation to the Games, meets Moon Jae-in at a leaders' reception ahead of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speaks during the opening ceremony of the 132nd IOC Session prior the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 5, 2018 in Gangneung. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Norway's Olympians shell-shocked as they're sent 15,000 eggs

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Norwegian chefs get an Olympic surprise as a truck-load of eggs is delivered

SURPRISE. An online purchase gets lost in translation leading to 15,000 eggs being delivered for Norwegian chefs in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. (Stock Photo)

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Kim Yo Jong is part of a high-level diplomatic delegation led by the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam as the Winter Olympics trigger a diplomatic rapprochement between the rivals

47 Russians lose late court bid to compete at Olympics

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The International Olympic Committee is swift to welcome the decision, the latest twist in the Russian doping scandal, saying the ruling 'supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes'

Norovirus strikes again on eve of Winter Olympics

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

No athletes are among those taken ill with the stomach bug, which causes diarrhea and vomiting, and organizers say they are doing everything they can to keep it that way

NOROVIRUS CHECK. South Korean soldiers inspect a visitor at a security checkpoint as they replace security guards showing symptoms of the norovirus at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 6, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP