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Much as it's hard to relate to non-tropical sports in Singapore, here are some key athletes to look out for at the Pyeongchang games, for personal interest, or to look like you know what you’re talking about when anyone asks.
One of the biggest cause for controversy, the team is an effort towards conciliatory communication between the two Koreas. Both South and North Korean players assume the same uniform and bear a unification flag. Yes you read that right. While they’ve lost to a telling match to Switzerland in a preliminary round match, the political significance of the team’s formation is in no small measure.
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Nigeria’s first women’s bobsled team may be making the headlines, but Frimpong is not far behind on the radar. Only the second Winter Olympian from Ghana, the former sprinter has come a long way since paying out of his own pocket to boost the sport in his country.
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This would be a Winter Olympics debut for Kim, who qualified for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, but at 13 years old then was too young to compete. The American snowboarder is also the first female to land a back-to-back 1080 spin (or six full turns we will probably never accomplish in this lifetime) two years ago. Her tweet in between runs on ice cream cravings is currently trending.
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“Japan’s Ice Prince” is no nickname bestowed to just anyone. The first in his field to set a world record score exceeding the 100-point mark, Hanyu set a simultaneous record for being the first Japanese figure skater to win Gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Oh, and also the youngest to do so in the last 66 years.
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We’re not short on young talents ourselves. The 18-year-old homegrown short track speed skater made history when she became the first local athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Just when we thought Singapore would never place in a landmark event of such opposing climate, the young trailblazer has showed what it means to redefine limits.
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