The 23rd Winter Games are underway in South Korea, beneath the shadow of tense international politics and amid forecasts of record cold for an Olympics.
The Winter Olympics, the quadrennial global effort to defy gravity in the cold while wearing funny costumes on slick surfaces, is underway in South Korea. The 23rd edition of the Games is, as usual, played against a backdrop of international politics, this one featuring North Korea vs. the U.S. to see who wins the gold medal for insipid bellicosity.
The Opening Ceremony began Friday morning in PyeongChang, 100 miles east of Seoul and 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas that have defied solutions for more than 60 years. But with a delegation of North Korean athletes added late to the Games, the chance for mayhem on the peninsula seems to have been reduced.
A graphical snapshot of the Games was created by WalletHub.com that covers some of the same frozen ground as NBC, the Olympics corporate patron, as well as some fresh stuff.
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