Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018i

The 2018 Winter Olympics, the 23rd winter Olympiad, will be held Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9-25 February 2018. It will be the first Winter Olympics held in South Korea and the first Asian city outside of Japan to host the games.


Despite the original aspirations for the Olympics – that athletic ambassadors would promote peace among nations – the games cannot resolve fundamental differences between states, and are just as likely to inflame nationalistic sentiment.

  • South Korea has been the world’s top medal-winner in short-track speedskating since the event made its official debut at the 1992 Olympic Games
  • Cliques, distrust and intense rivalry have been rife among the unstoppable team of talented athletes

Beijing Games competitor Sidney Chu and Hong Kong’s first Winter Olympian Christy Ren outline how short-track speedskating would benefit from an international standard ice rink, from grass roots to elite level.

‘I am sure snow sports in China will develop well in the next 10 years,’ says cross-country team manager Zhang Bei, encouraged by teen athletes Eileen Gu and Zhu Yi’s performances in Beijing.


From poster girl skier Eileen Gu to little-known skeleton trailblazer Geng Wenqiang, China has several athletes to pin their podium hopes on for their home Winter Games.

Pita Taufatofua created an online fundraiser for ‘those most in need’ the same day a massive volcanic eruption struck his small island nation.


From surviving a devastating earthquake to becoming one of the sport’s best, the 26-year-old Sendai native is set to shine at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.


Olympic marathon winner Sohn Kee-chung hung his head in humiliation when presented with the gold at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. But he dedicated his later life to promoting peace through sports – particularly between Japan and Korea.

Jamaica’s celebrated 1988 bobsleigh team followed by ‘The Snow Leopard’ and the Tongan who changed his name to market German underwear – but they are more than human interest stories.


Australian, who won two world titles and was his country’s flag bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, dies in freak spearfishing accident on Gold Coast.

‘Racist’ China social media post from Shanghai’s Pudong Airport sees Hungary ban Olympic gold medallist speed skater Csaba Burjan for 12 months.

From that election in Malaysia to dating sites in Singapore and a storm over the ethnicity of the Philippines’ Miss Universe, here are 12 of the most popular This Week in Asia stories from 2018

A U-turn over a free-trade agreement he once championed has critics of the South Korean president questioning both his loyalty to the US and his ability to deliver a more equitable economy.

Previous summits between North and South have done nothing to prevent the development of nuclear bombs and missiles. Inter-Korean dialogue may improve understanding, but only if the US softens its stance

If a summit of the two Koreas is to succeed where others have failed, negotiations must go beyond the basis of ‘no testing, no exercises’ to consider US deployment in South Korea.