Date : 17 Dec 2018
Seoul, Korea, December 17, 2018: South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics for the first time topped the list of the country's most memorable sports news stories of 2018, as compiled by Yonhap News Agency on Monday.
In a survey of 57 South Korean newspapers and broadcasters from December 7-12, the successful staging of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earned 505 points to finish first.
A first-place vote was worth 10 points, with a second-place vote good for nine points, and so forth. PyeongChang 2018 received 44 first-place votes.
PyeongChang, a resort town located 180 kilometers east of Seoul, won the bid to host a Winter Olympics on its third try in 2011. Along with the adjacent towns of Gangneung and Jeongseon, PyeongChang hosted nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 nations. There were a record 102 gold medals at stake.
Host South Korea grabbed five gold medals and set its Winter Olympics record with 17 medals in total to finish seventh in the medal table. For the first time, South Korea captured medals in non-skating events, with a gold by Yun Sung-bin in men's skeleton and silver medals in women's curling, four-man bobsleigh and men's snowboarding.
And PyeongChang 2018 was historic for South Korea on other levels.
South Korea and North Korea marched together behind the Korea Unification Flag at the opening ceremony, marking their first joint march at an international multisport event since 2007. They also assembled a joint team in women's hockey, and the combined squad of 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans was hailed as an inspirational symbol of peace.
The Koreas built on that momentum and remained actively engaged in sports cooperation, and this cooperation ranked second on Yonhap's list of top sports news stories.
At the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18 to September 2, the Koreas had joint teams in women's basketball, rowing and canoeing's dragon boat racing. They captured one gold and two bronze medals in dragon boat racing and silver in women's basketball.
The Koreas have agreed to work toward co-hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics and fielding more joint teams at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics.
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