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South Korea's women's junior curling team has made the World Championship finals and will play Canada for gold.

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Korea's men's hockey team has been relegated. A step back.

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Korea's men's hockey team has been relegated. A step back.

Damn. And they were playing at home too.

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That sounds about right. They are about #22 in the world. Ain't gonna change so if IIHF don't like it, tough ****. Lesser crowds without the home team.

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So, I thought this year at Junior and Senior Worlds, a couple of promising Korean figure skaters emerged.

So-Youn Park surprised everyone by finishing 9th at Worlds. She has a shot for a seeded position on the Grand Prix next year. The top six skaters are seeded, so she needs 3 skaters above her to choose not to compete. One is for sure (Akiko Suzuki). Two seem very, very likely (Carolina Kostner & Mao Asada). This would be huge for Korean figure skating.

And a skater I think I might (???) find even more promising, 14-year-old Da-Bin Choi, 6th at Junior Worlds this year:

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Legacy in winter sports Development in Korea will be like legacy in Formula one...

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South Korea has submitted a proposal to the ISU to allow the host nation for the OWG to automatically qualify a Pairs and Ice Dance team for their home games (assuming they have teams that can meet the minimum technical scores).

IOC Congress Urgent Matters PDF (scroll down to Urgent Proposal No. 7 KOREA):

http://static.isu.org/media/149501/1867-urgent-matters-55th-isu-ordinary-congress-draft.pdf

I'm of two minds about this. One, it seems harmless to allow the host nation to send their teams assuming they meet the minimum technical scores and won't embarrass themselves. Two, South Korea clearly wants to make a play to become a power nation in figure skating, so why aren't they putting the money where their mouth is???

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Interesting to also note they want to limit to a max of 3 athlete per each speed skating event (2 for the longest distances). Also of note is they want to introduce the mass start event.

500, 1000 and 1500 meters for Ladies: 32
− 500, 1000 and 1500 meters for Men: 36
− 3000 meters for Ladies and 5000 meters for Men: 24
− 5000 meters for Ladies and 10000 meters for Men: 12
− Mass Start for Ladies and Men: 24

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Legacy in winter sports Development in Korea will be like legacy in Formula one...

It is always better than Formula one in France. :P

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It is always better than Formula one in France. :P

It was always a success in the past. If France doesn't have a race it's only because nobody want pay the right to host a race... We have tracks and supporters.

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The IIHF has granted both of Korea's hockey teams automatic entry into the games.

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Ice Hockey Qualification

Olympic qualification format set

ZURICH – With Sochi in the rear-view mirror, the IIHF has released the Olympic qualification structure and dates for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea.

The qualification structure for the Olympic men’s tournament will have an immediate impact on the upcoming IIHF World Championship, as the 2015 IIHF World Ranking will be used to seed the top eight automatic entries and the men’s qualification program.

Click here to view the qualification structure and operating dates for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games men’s and women’s ice hockey qualification programs.

Click here for more information on the IIHF World Ranking and the recent positions from 2014.


The Olympic men’s tournament format will be the same as in Sochi, with four teams seeded into three groups. The top eight teams in the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Ranking – which is determined following the results of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship – will be automatically seeded 1-8 in the tournament. Korea currently holds the 12th seed as tournament host, leaving three qualification positions available.

The men’s Olympic qualification program will operate from November 2015 through to September 2016. Each of the qualification phases will be a four-team round-robin format, with a total of 12 teams split into three groups.

The qualification program begins 5 November 2015 with the Olympic Preliminary Qualification, available to teams seeded 27th to 36th. The three group winners qualify for the Olympic Pre-Qualification, which will take place 11-14 February 2016. There they will be seeded again into three different groups with the 18-26-seeded nations.

The three Pre-Qualification group winners will move on to the Final Qualification phase set for 1-4 September 2016.

On the women’s side, the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Ranking will be used to seed the women’s program. The top five-ranked teams following the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship will earn automatic entry into PyeongChang 2018.

As in Sochi a total of eight teams will be competing at the 2018 Olympics, seeded into two tiered groups. The top four teams will make up Group A, while the fifth-ranked team, tournament hosts Korea, and two qualifiers will form Group B. The four teams from Group A and the top two teams from Group B will advance to the playoff round. The top two teams of Group A get a bye to the semi-finals.

The women’s tournament qualification program will operate from August 2016 through to February 2017. The program will feature three qualification phases as with the men’s, but with two groups instead of three.

Teams seeded 18-24 will participate in the initial Preliminary Qualification tournament from 25-28 August 2016. The two winners from each group join the 12-17-seeded countries in the Pre-Qualification. The two Pre-Qualification winners then battle it out with the 6-11-seeded nations for the two final spots in Korea.

All locations for the Olympic Qualification tournaments will be announced at a later date.

Teams that wish to compete in the men’s qualification program must submit an entry form in April 2015. The Team Entry Forms for participation in the women’s qualification tournaments will be distributed in the early spring of 2016.

IIHF

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Good for Korean hockey as both teams are now officially in.

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When the Korean women lose 24-0 to Sweden you might be reconsidering that.

The Korean men against Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Japan and Slovenia finished 0-0-5 with -20 GD

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When the Korean women lose 24-0 to Sweden you might be reconsidering that.

The Korean men against Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Japan and Slovenia finished 0-0-5 with -20 GD

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning, but the taking part"...

or in this case "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning, but being ripped apart!"

Of course the Greek Male 3m Synchronised Springboard team was only competing as 'host' team in 2004......

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That was also far and away the worst diving competition in Olympic history. I remember watching that live and was utterly stunned by the sheer bizarre turn of events and the level of catastrophe that happened.

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That was also far and away the worst diving competition in Olympic history. I remember watching that live and was utterly stunned by the sheer bizarre turn of events and the level of catastrophe that happened.

Yes- it was like Steve Bradbury winning his gold medal in speed skating- every other team fell apart, stuffed up, bombed etc..... and the Greeks won for turning up!

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When the Korean women lose 24-0 to Sweden you might be reconsidering that.

The Korean men against Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Japan and Slovenia finished 0-0-5 with -20 GD

Well its good for them to get investment through 2018. Without the Olympics, funding would likely stop.

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