Appeal denied: 45 Russians will remain banned from Olympic Games

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Athletes around the world are competing for gold in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This time around, the Winter Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

South Korean officials declined specific comment.

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She is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong Nam is the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip.

Russian Federation as a nation isn't competing in South Korea, having been banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December in the aftermath of the McLaren Report.

"They have marched together nine times, including in Athens in 2004, carrying a blue-and-white flag representing a united Korea, and at the 2006 Winter Olympics". I have been flag bearer in a closing ceremony in Sochi and that was really cool, but that was a celebration of an incredible Games.

Further questions have arisen over selection of the final torchbearer, and whether South Korea would allow a North Korean athlete to participate in the symbolic act of launching an Olympics critics have derided as the "Pyongyang Games". To win the gold, though, she'll have to beat her friend and childhood idol, 2002 gold medalist Kelly Clark, who's riding in what will most likely be her last Olympics.

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One of the coolest parts of the Olympics is watching history being made. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the "Pyongyang Games", a play on the North Korean capital's phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.

Though Russia is officially barred from the Olympics for doping violations, 169 Russian athletes are at the games under the title Olympic Athletes from Russia, leading to some controversy.

Pence arrived in South Korea on Thursday and spoke with Moon, both reiterating their commitment and cooperation to defuse tensions as North Korea pushes ahead with its weapons programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open.

Organizers for the Winter Olympics said they will hand free Samsung smartphones to four Iranian athletes without the condition of returning them, amid looming anti-Samsung sentiment in Tehran. It's a big opportunity when you go to an Olympics and you get to compete your short and long for a normal Olympics. The opening ceremony will offer at least some hints about that, and maybe more.

First Vatican delegation: Though it won't send any athletes, this is the first year a delegation from the Vatican has been invited to the opening ceremony and will attend the IOC's general meeting in an observational role.

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