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The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang

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'Faster, Higher, Stronger:' The PyeongChang 2018 Blog

'Faster, Higher, Stronger:' The PyeongChang 2018 Blog
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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 18: Pyeongchang Anticipates 2018 Winter Olympics mascots Soohorang (L) and Bandabi (R) attend the press event to introduce the mascots for the PyeongChang 2018 winter olympics on July 18, 2016 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Who's winning, who's on the verge of victory. Is it the coldest Olympics ever? How are athletes in Pyeongchang braving the freezing temps? Who has the best costume? We are scouring the Internet to bring you the best from the #WinterOlympics in South Korea. If you see something you think we should include here, tweet us @nbcbayarea. Let the games begin!

Shirtless Tongan is shirtless no more

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You loved him in the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio.  You loved him so much that he came back for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. There was just one hiccup, he's not a winter athlete. So he learned to ski (about 5 minutes ago), and it was good enough for a 114th finish in cross-country skiing. He placed 114 out of a total of 119 competitors. And no, he didn't hit any trees!

It's raining Winnie the Pooh

It was impossible to miss after Yuzuru Hanyu's masterful figure skating short program: a sea of Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals raining down from the crowd onto the ice.  It's something Hanyu is already quite accustomed to, and quite the chore for the youngsters tasked with having to clear the ice before the next skater!

Yuzuru Hanyu and Winnie the PoohYuzuru Hanyu and Winnie the Pooh

The force is really in all of us

Clear and undisputed evidence that even stormtroopers like hockey. 

Um, does anyone else think this deserves a spot in the next Olympic Games?

Swiss Olympian Fabian Bösch had social media users asking, "How'd he do that?" Bösch posted this video to his Instagram account on Monday that immediately went viral. The caption: "After 20 years I still couldn't figure out how this thing works! Am I doing it right?"


What song was that?

New this year, skaters are allowed to skate to music with lyrics, and it's making for some fun song selections. Here's a sampling of some of our faves:

Despacito, Magalenha, Aguanile, Mambo No. 5, Run the World (Girls), and I Like It Like That, just to name a few.

Slopestyle sensation

You're 17 years old. You're at the Olympics. And you just won a gold medal. Not a bad day for Red Gerard who took the first U.S. gold medal of the games in slopestyle. Oh yeah, and his Twitter mentions are blowing up.

Fun fact: Gerard never had a snowboarding coach until he was about 13 years old.

Wardrobe malfunction

Not something you see often, or at all really, in figure skating. (Although everyone remembers Tonya Harding's famous shoelace debacle.) But hats off to Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin of Korea who powered through their performance despite a tricky wardrobe malfunction with Min's outfit.

>> Watch what happened here during the team event short dance

Duck and cover!

We've almost come to expect this in sports like baseball where an errant bat has been known to fly into the stands from time to time... but curling? Watch out for the brooms! At least those are a little more lightweight compared to your standard Louisville slugger.

>> Watch Team USA's reaction

Day 0: Life inside the Olympic Village

Robot fish, Roomba-like schedule bots, fancy gadgets — lots of surprises in store for journalists inside the Olympic Village. Here's a sampling from NBC Bay Area reporter Garvin Thomas and photojournalist Robbie Beasom.

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