Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo
Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo
Tim Noonan
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Tim Noonan

Coldest Winter Games might be the coolest as South Korea grabs gold in its Olympics screen test

Thirty years after hosting the Summer Games, a more confident, competent and charming country emerged during Pyeongchang’s Olympic fortnight

Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo
Athletes of North and South Korea enter the stadium with Korean unification flags during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Photo: Kyodo
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Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.