Midnight In The Desert — Olympics

How North Korea is guarding against Olympic defections

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How North Korea is guarding against Olympic defections

Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Now, North Korea wants to make sure its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang doesn't add to that number. CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making sure the nearly 500 members of its Olympic delegation will return home after the competitions are over. The North Korean delegation includes athletes, cheerleaders, reporters, performers, and more. The "more" would include undercover intelligence officers under the guise of "support staff" and other titles, a former North Korean police officer says. He...

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NBC Fakes the Drone Show at the Opening Ceremony TV Show

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NBC Fakes the Drone Show at the Opening Ceremony TV Show

An army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded, the AP reports. Viewers of NBC's tape-delayed broadcast in the US still saw it, but it was a pre-recorded version from a rehearsal. Intel Corp. was expected to launch 300 drones as part of an extravagant light show, but those plans were scrapped. International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams said Saturday that the drones were not deployed Friday night because of an "impromptu logistical change." NBC aired a light show, but it was from Intel's launching of 1,280 drones in...

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Days before the opening ceremony, serious health concerns hit the Winter Olympics

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Days before the opening ceremony, serious health concerns hit the Winter Olympics

The buzz leading up to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea has been mostly negative and having nothing to do with sports themselves. Whether it was Olympians preempting success by saying they wouldn’t visit the White House or North Korea acting up or horror stories from Olympics past connected to the Larry Nassar scandal, the press has not been positive. You can now add serious health concerns just days in advance of the opening ceremony to this list of storylines. USA Today reported that 1,200 security guards have been sidelined after concerns were raised of spreading Norovirus, this after...

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The Story Behind The Refugee Team That Debuted At The 2016 Summer Olympics

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The Story Behind The Refugee Team That Debuted At The 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have at least one never-before-seen quality: For the first time in Olympics history, a Refugee Team is in the competition. The team is made up of ten athletes that were chosen from 43 candidates around the world, all of whom who were forced to leave their home countries. The athletes on the 2016 Refugee Team, who were named by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, were born in Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo before they were forced to leave. National Olympic Committees around...

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Rio 2016: The Green Water Spreads to Water Polo Pool

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Rio 2016: The Green Water Spreads to Water Polo Pool

Officials scrambled to contain the new embarrassment, which shocked television viewers and spectators Tuesday when the pool hosting the women’s 10-meter synchronized diving finals turned a deep, bright green. Wednesday, even as officials insisted they had the problem under control, they acknowledged that the problem was also affecting the adjoining water polo pool, which also displayed a greenish tint. “Yesterday mid-afternoon there was a sudden decrease in the alkalinity of the pool,” said Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. “Obviously, the people in charge of maintaining the pool and of checking could and should have done more...

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