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Minhye Park
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Behind South Korean Football Star Son Heung-min, There Is His Father

On neatly cut green, artificial turf, 25 teenagers were hard at practice. “Faster, faster!” yelled their coach, Son Woong-jung, while forcing his charge to count out loud the number of times they dribbled their balls. The kids, breathing heavy, alternated dribbling with push-ups and lunges throughout the session. Sometimes, Son

Raphael Rashid
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KÉ Interview: Meet the Ultimate Olympic Superfan

Pyeongchang has officially become Everen Brown’s fifteenth Olympics. Brown, 57, a self-confessed Olympics superfan, has attended almost every Olympic Games since 1984 (both Winter and Summer games). He is a two-time Olympics torchbearer — Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake in 2002. His interest in the games started at the

Raphael Rashid
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Pyeongchang Olympics: S. Korea’s Pro-Unification Cheerleaders

North Korea was once the bane, the thorn in the side, the sore point of the PR machine at the Pyeongchang Olympics Committee in South Korea. Just months ago, countries wary of rising inter-Korean tensions were expressing security concerns about the winter games, taking place in February and March 2018,

Raphael Rashid
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Spirits High As Pyeongchang Olympic Torch Arrives in Seoul

There was excitement in the air as the Pyeongchang Olympic torch arrived in South Korea’s capital Seoul on Saturday Jan. 13. One of the relay’s routes ran from Gwanghwamun in the center of Seoul, eastwards towards Dongdaemun for a run that lasted approximately 90 minutes. Torch-bearers lined the

Raphael Rashid
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Korea and the Olympics: Grilled Doves, Foul Play and PR Mishaps

The Olympics. A time for the world to unite, rejoice, and celebrate each country’s greatest sportsmen and women, under the banner of peace and humanity. It is also a time for scandal and PR mishaps. Both North and South Korea will be participating in next month’s Pyeongchang Olympic

Jieun Choi
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Faster Than Men

Too many occupations are still perceived as “a man’s job,” or “a woman’s job.” Meet Hyemin Moon, a car racer in a sport still dominated by men. She’s not afraid to break stereotypes, and she’s not afraid

Ben Jackson
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Good Luck Finding a Bed During the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” Latin for “faster, higher, stronger.” It appears that the hoteliers and guesthouse owners of Pyeongchang, the mountain town where South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics this winter, have been applying the second of these principles to their prices with a vengeance.

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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What the Puck? South Korea Sells Nationality for Winter Olympic Glory

On Tuesday, South Korean footballer Lee Seung-woo scored a stunning goal to help his national team defeat Argentina 2-1 in a FIFA U-20 World Cup match. Lee is in his first year playing for FC Barcelona Juvenil A, and has even caught the attention of Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, who

Raphael Rashid
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South Korean Group Cheers North Korea and Challenges Blue House

[ngg_images gallery_ids=”2″ display_type=”ds-nextgen_royalslider”]   A group of South Koreans riled the government last Friday, cheering the North Korean football team in a match against Indonesia and shouting out to the North Korean players after the game, “We are sorry

Ben Jackson
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600 Years vs. 17 days: Pyeongchang Olympic Games' Environmental Cost

Before the end of the month, the construction of a downhill ski slope in a remote part of South Korea’s countryside is set to begin, demolishing a centuries-old forest. With little time left to act, environmentalists are urgently searching for ways to halt the project and protect the land.

Raphael Rashid
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DPRK Cheerleaders Row Jeopardises Trustpolitik

The 2014 Asian Games, scheduled to take place between 19 September and 4 October, will see thousands of athletes from at least 44 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member states descend on the city of Incheon in what will be Asia’s largest sporting event. But the participation of the