Ole Einar Bjorndalen

10 things to watch at Winter Olympics

10 things to watch at Winter Olympics

Ten things to watch at the XXIIIth Winter Olympics that open Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The hosts

It used to be Pyongchang in English, but locals thought it was too similar to the nefarious North Korean capital of Pyongyang so they added an “e” and capitalized the “C” for PyeongChang. (Most western media went for the e, not the capital C.)

But if you really want to forge an international identity, there’s nothing quite like the interlocking rings, which might explain why Pyeongchang resolutely continued to bid after losing by three votes to Vancouver in 2010 and by four to Sochi in 2014.

This marks a return of the Winter Games to remote, cold locales after...

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