'Been through worse'

Shani Davis insisted he wasn't distracted by a row over the US flag-bearer for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after he finished 19th in the 1,500m speed skating on Tuesday. "I've been through a lot worse," shrugged Davis, who had prompted a backlash when he suggested a racial motive after losing the right to carry the flag on the toss of a coin. Davis, the most decorated US Winter Olympian with two Olympic golds and two silvers, lost out to Erin Hamlin when America's winter sports federations couldn't decide on the flag bearer, and tossed a coin to settle the matter. The African-American Davis labelled the coin flip "dishonourable" in a Twitter post with the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018, triggering an angry response on social media.

 

 

Dutch mocks TV anchor

US journalist Katie Couric said she was "on thin ice" and apologised on Tuesday after she was relentlessly mocked for claiming Dutch success at the Olympics was because skating is an "important mode of transport" in the Netherlands. Hot on the heels of their stunning medals triumph in Sochi in 2014, the Dutch men and women speed skaters are already notching up major victories at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. During Friday's opening ceremony, as the Dutch team entered the stadium, Couric pondered to her audience of millions watching NBC television in the United States: "Why are they so good, you may be asking yourselves? Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam.”

 

 

media mobs cheerleaders

 

North Korea's Olympic cheerleaders were forced to abandon a visit to the beach when they were mobbed hundreds of excitable media on Tuesday. The cheerleaders, dressed in red uniforms with red and white woolly hats, managed a quick walk before hopping back on their bus after they were met by a huge scrum of journalists. The North's 229-strong cheering squad, dubbed the "army of beauties", have drawn much attention since arriving. "We haven't been able to see the beach," complained one of the cheerleaders as they returned to the bus. The cheerleaders drew another crowd when they held an impromptu performance at Ojukheon House, one of the oldest traditional Korean houses in the South, for South Korean and foreign tourists.

 

Statue of Liberty for USA

 

Two American ice hockey players will keep Statue of Liberty images on their helmets after the International Olympic Committee blamed a "misunderstanding" for reports that they may have to be removed. USA Hockey confirmed the images would remain on the helmets of goaltenders Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby for Tuesday's faceoff against the Olympic Athletes from Russia at Kwandong Hockey Centre. But the IOC also said they hadn't asked for the images to be removed, contradicting American media who reported they may violate the Olympic body's rules against political symbols. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding," an IOC statement said. "We have not asked for the symbol to be removed."