Russian athletes suspected of using Doping in PyeongChang

A Russian athlete suspected of violating doping rules at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea.

Russian curling athletes said that a coach of their team told them Sunday night (South Korean time) that the winners of a mixed-bronze medal, Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, a drug banned in 2016.

Russian Curling Federation chairman Dmitry Svishchev refused to confirm the name of the athlete.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday that the second sample of the athlete will be examined and the results will be obtained within 24 hours.

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If confirmed positively by the second test, the incident could make the Russian team not re-enlisted in the Olympics and march under the national flag at the closing ceremony. [gp/is]

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold Medal in PyeongChang

American ski athlete Mikaela Shiffrin won a gold medal in the women's individual giant slalom number on Thursday at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Shiffrin defeated Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by a time difference of nearly four-tenths second on his final slide and won his second Olympic gold medal, following his slalom victory at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Italian skier Federica Brignone finished third in the bronze medal.

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The women's giant Slalom number on Thursday (14/2) was held after strong winds and cold temperatures forced officers to postpone the race earlier this week.

 Aksel Lund Svindal ( Norway) in action in the Downhill Putra game number at Jeongseon Alpine Center, Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 15, 2018.

Aksel Lund Sv (Norway) in action in the number of Downhill Putra games at Jeongseon Alpine Center, Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 15, 2018.

In another arena, Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal made history twice in winning the gold medal at number ski downhill (down the slope) man. At 35, he was the oldest ski champion in the history of the Winter Olympics, and he was the first Norwegian athlete to win the event. His compatriot Kjetil Jansrud won a silver medal while Swiss world champion Beat Feuz came third with a bronze medal.

In the women's cross-country ski number, Ragnhild Haga took home a gold medal in the 10,000 meters race, and Charlotte Kalla from Sweden won the silver medal. Meanwhile, Mart Bjoergen and Krista Parmakoski of Norway both won bronze medals at the same time of 25 minutes, 32.4 seconds.

In the ice rink, Germans Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won the gold medal at event figure skating beautiful on an ice rink) in pairs with stunning looks and a lot of fun audiences. [lt]

Positive Doping, Japanese Fast Spy Slate at Pyeongchang

Japan's fast skater Kei Saito is suspended from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after his tests showed he was positive about illicit substances.

Saito arrived at the athletes' village in South Korea's Pyeongchang town on Monday and tested shortly after participating in training activities . He was temporarily suspended by the Sports Arbitration Court after his test showed positive results for acetalozamide, a diuretic that can be used to disguise drugs to improve performance.

In a statement, Saito suggested he was "shocked" by the result, because he never used steroids or even considered using steroids. He left his team and the athlete's village voluntarily so that he would not burden his colleagues.

Read also: New Testing Bottle Doping Potentially Vulnerable Manipulation

According to Associated Press, Saito is the reserve athlete for a team of 5,000 meters relay. This is the first doping case at the Pyeongchang Olympics. [uh]

Diplomacy Becomes Center of Attention at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday (10/2), featured the first match of a joint North Korea-South Korea ice hockey team, as diplomacy took center stage at the start of the Games.

2018 Winter Olympics officially begins Friday with a parade of athletes entering the Olympic stadium, including athletes from North and South Korea marching behind Korean blue and white unification flags.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday ( 10/2) met with North Korean delegates including Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Yo-jong was the first member of the North Korean ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950 Korean War -1953

He is a senior member of the ruling Workers Party in North Korea and the main adviser of Kim Jong-un.

Read: North Korean Delegation Arrives to Attend Opening of Olim Kim Yo-jong and his entourage, including Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korea's ceremonial state, attended the opening ceremony on Friday (9/2) and are expected to stay in South Korea until Sunday ( 10/2). [as/al]

US Vice President in Pyeongchang Attends the Opening of the Winter Olympics

US Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Earlier Friday morning (9/2), Pence visited the 2nd South Korean Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek , 70 kilometers south of Seoul, to visit the memorial memorial for the South Korean Cheonan warship, which was drowned in a blast by North Korea. The explosion killed nearly 50 Cheonan crew

"Our goal here now is to stand together with our allies. But this is also to uphold the truth. And to understand that whatever image may come with strong Olympic background and ideals, North Korea must accept change, "Pence told reporters at a South Korean naval base before heading to the Olympic site.

North Korea must abandon its nuclear ambitions they ended the days of provocation and threat, and seriously ended his dire human rights record, Pence continued.

The Vice President of Pence also met with a number of North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.


US officials do not rule out the possibility of Pence meeting a North Korean official at this Olympics. North Korea's government media on Thursday said there was no intention on their part to hold such talks.

Pence says his team did not ask for a meeting, but if this happens, he will continue his message that North Korea should completely abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and will continue to press until the country does so. [uh]