“I couldn’t ask for more in my career,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “It’s been fun dreaming my wildest dreams and having so many of them come true.”
Is curling attracting much attention from Koreans or is it just a curiosity for the home crowd?
Curling, that great cultural institution, is still a fledgling sport in many corners of the world — including South Korea, where the Olympic curling venue has been the site of fine competition, plenty of enthusiasm and no small amount of confusion.
As many of you know, the nuances of shotmaking and even scoring can take some time to grasp for those who are new to the sport. South Korea built a competitive curling program before the Olympics, but the sport’s popularity is not particularly widespread here. Fans cheer a lot, but sometimes for poor shots. In any case, the South Korean women’s team is a medal contender and proved as much by upsetting Canada in its opening match of the tournament.
It was a bittersweet, if mostly bitter, result for Canadian fans: Peter Gallant, South Korea’s coach, is from Prince Edward Island.
Is Canada still the team to beat in men’s hockey even without current N.H.L. players on its team?
The men’s hockey draw seems like a total tossup. Traditional powerhouses like the United States and Russia — or the team that used to be known as Russia — lost their opening matches. Canada defeated Switzerland in its first match of the tournament in front of a mostly empty house at Gangneung Ice Arena.
Without the star power that N.H.L. players delivered at previous Olympics, the tournament is struggling to attract many eyeballs. Teams have filled their rosters with players who are toiling away in lesser leagues or are at the end of their career — and that includes Canada, which went with older players while leaving younger prospects at home.
The result is that chemistry will need to be built on the fly, and nobody seems too sure how this tournament will pan out. But Canada should contend for gold. It’s still hockey, after all.
This link will whisk you to all of our Winter Games coverage. Here are some of the stories and digital features that caught my eye:
—The Times is experimenting with something called augmented reality. Unlike virtual reality, another technology we’ve been exploring, augmented reality doesn’t require cardboard goggles. But, right now at least, you can only experience the full effect by using an iPhone 6S, SE or newer. For the Olympics, we’ve used the technology to take a unique look at four athletes. Try it and send me an email with your thoughts about the technology and how we used it.
—Most years I spend this weekend doing a local 51 kilometer cross country ski loppet. (Don’t bother checking my past results.) My travel schedule and the on-and-off winter in Ottawa mean that I’m just skiing occasionally with my wife this year. I’m also the household’s wax technician. But the grumbling I hear when I get the wax wrong is nothing compared with what Knut Nystad experiences. David Segal reported that Mr. Nystad, the chief of Norway’s 30-strong crew of Olympic wax techs, becomes public enemy No. 1 back home when his team messes up.
Cross-country skiing is to Norway what hockey is to Canada. Mr. Segal looked into Norway’s equivalent of Sept. 28, 1972. (For non-Canadian readers: that’s the day that Paul Henderson scored the winning goal against the Russians in the Summit series.) In this case, the defining moment was the breaking of Oddvar Bra’s ski pole at 1:54 p.m. on Feb. 25, 1982, which became the stuff of national legend in Norway.
—Here’s the diet of Adam Rippon, an American figure skater, from two years ago: three slices of whole grain bread topped with pats of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spread, supplemented by three cups of coffee, each laced with six packets of artificial sweetener. Mr. Rippon and a number of other male figure skaters, including some Canadians, opened up to Karen Crouse about their sport’s body image problems.
Experience: Augmented Reality: Four of the World’s Best Olympians, as You’ve Never Seen Them Before
Read: Complete coverage of the 2018 Olympic Games
Read: Tough Job: Norway’s Ski Wax Chief Is Only Noticed When He Fails
Read: The Ski Pole That Norway Will Never Forget
Read: Adam Rippon on Quiet Starvation in Men’s Figure Skating
A #MeToo Moment Event and Raffle
There are still tickets available for a conversation on Wednesday between Jodi Kantor and Emily Steel, The Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly stories, and Jessica Bennett, the gender editor of The Times, about journalism and the #MeToo moment.
Catherine Porter, our Toronto bureau chief, will moderate the event, which will take place at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. And I’ll introduce the panel.
While Times’ subscribers get a discount on tickets, we’re also holding a raffle for five pairs of tickets.
Whether or not you can attend, you should sign up for the #MeToo Moment newsletter where Ms. Bennett and other writers and editors from The Times track and analyze the issue.
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A New Prairie Landmark
Her apartment packed up, Jada Yuan has left on her mission as The Times’ new 52 Places To Go in 2018 columnist. Stop No. 1, published this week, was New Orleans.
Sometime this spring, Ms. Yuan will be in the prairie city of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan. I’ve long thought that Saskatoon punches well above its weight for a city with a population of 256,000 people. Its scenically located downtown thrives and the city has long been home to a disproportionately large number of artists and musicians.
It also has a new attraction, which I got a taste of last week while on assignment: the Remai Modern art museum. Owned by the city, it’s remarkably ambitious in both its architecture and inaugural exhibition, “Field Guide,” which closes next week.
Read: 52 Places to Go in 2018
Read: Starting an Intimidating World Tour in the Big Easy
In this week’s On The Market in Toronto, Tara Deschamps examines some discouraging statistics for both buyers and renters and takes us on a tour of a penthouse on top of a downtown hotel and looks in at a two-bedroom condo in much quieter Leslieville.
Read: Homes for Sale in Toronto
—Relations between Toronto’s gay community and its police have been uneasy for decades. Dan Levin reports that the arrest of a serial killer has brought the relationship to a low.
—As Canadians debated the acquittal on murder charges of a Saskatchewan farmer who shot and killed Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man, the victims’ family was received by the prime minister and many key cabinet ministers this week in Ottawa.
—The 1982 constitution guaranteed the rights of Indigenous people. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced consultations and plans to change the legal system to make that more than a promise.
—Ms. Porter discussed Canada’s immigration system this week with Michael Barbaro on The Daily, our popular podcast.
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