Futuristic pointy-eared mascots chosen for Tokyo 2020

By Chris Gallagher TOKYO, Feb 28 : Mascot-loving Japan has two new characters to get excited about after two futuristic designs with pointy ears and chequered patterns were unveiled on Wednesday to promote the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Chosen by schoolchildren across Japan and announced before a gymnasium of cheering pupils in Tokyo, the as […]

Ambitious Hanyu fancies audacious quintuple jump

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, Feb 27 : Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating gold medals, said on Tuesday he would like to successfully land a quintuple jump and break the five-spin barrier. Hanyu, who took gold in men’s singles competition in the just-ended Pyeongchang Olympics, said […]

Alibaba turns heads as it joins Games sponsorship waltz

By Liana B. Baker PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 26 : The Olympic movement’s new Chinese global sponsor, e-commerce group Alibaba , came to the Pyeongchang Winter Games promising to revolutionise the experience for spectators, from buying tickets to souvenirs. But other sponsors quickly reminded Alibaba that its revolution can’t happen if it steps on their […]

United States rock Sweden to win first gold medal

By Steve Keating GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb 24 : The United States delivered a gold-medal knockout punch, scoring five in the eighth end to crush Sweden 10-7 and claim their first ever Olympic men’s curling title on Saturday. With the score deadlocked at 5-5, United States skip John Shuster provided some last-rock magic with a […]

Snowboarding-Ledecka doubles up with historical PGS gold

By Jack Tarrant PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : Ester Ledecka became the first person in Winter Olympics history to capture gold medals in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding when she won the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday to go with her stunning Alpine super-G gold. The 22-year-old Czech was superb throughout and defeated […]

Cross-country skiing-Finn Niskanen’s “sisu” delivers gold

By Philip O’Connor PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 24 : One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call “sisu” – fighting spirit — and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the gruelling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday. The 26-year-old Finn made an […]