Saturday sports: the Olympics begin.

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Saturday sports: the Olympics begin.

We have the latest Olympic Games about Korea.

Scott Simon, host:

It’s time for sport.

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Simon: the winter Olympics start in Korea. They start with fireworks, dancing drones and thousands of athletes. NPR Tom Goldman is there. Thanks for being with us, Tom. Look, I immediately recognized you as the man who brought the flag for tonga. You’re amazing.

TOM GOLDMAN, wired: you know how long it takes to get this oil?

Simon: I can only imagine. No, I don’t want to think about how long it takes to turn it off, but I’m glad you were with us this morning.

Gorland: it’s closed now. I want you to know.

Simon: ok. I’m glad to know. The first day of the game. I know the host country South Korea is cheering today.

Gordan: still cheering. If I listen carefully, I might hear it – no. But Lin xiaojun – remember the name Scott – won the first gold medal in South Korea in the 1500m short distance event. He was cheered by his winning match. It was a close victory for Mr Lin, but he set an Olympic record in the process.

Interestingly, the bronze medallist came from Russia. Or should we say he is an Olympian from Russia? Russian athletes, of course, compete for neutrality because of state penalties for their huge doping system. So Russia’s olympians won their first contested Olympic medal. But you can bet that russians without Olympic athletes know their country is on board and they are happy.

Simon: I’m not sure if the first five have entered Russia. I could be wrong. But they are celebrating anyway. There’s another gold, right?

Gorman: yes, there is. The first real gold of these pyeongchang games went to charlotte, Sweden. She won the women’s ski race in cross-country skiing. But more importantly, at least for the record, Marit Bjoergen won the silver medal, and she became the first woman to win 11 MEDALS at the winter Olympics – a long time. She’s from Norway. She’s incredible.

SIMON: tonight in the United States – I think it’s a month from the morning, and for you – time zone makes me confused.

Gorman :(laughter).

Simon: men go downhill, it’s always exciting and scary – what can you tell us – it’s just part of you. Can you tell us about the athletes competition?

Gorman: yeah, I’m just looking, right? Some complain that the Olympic downhill course is not as challenging and fast-paced as the downhill course. But even if you crash at 70 or 75 miles per hour, it will still be hurt, as the American down Bry, Brian Bennett, told me. I think it will be a challenging course. To see the world’s best, the bravest men alpine skiing is a kind of enjoyment.

Please note that Norway’s aggressive vikings, they claim to be a group of fantastic Norwegian skier, they are one of the best ever, ax lund sven darfur and his compatriots, “teal youngs rudd. Norway has won more Olympic MEDALS than any other country in history. But he never won an Olympic gold medal in the men’s downhill race. So Svindal, Jansrud or one of their teammates is likely to end the drought today.

Simon: I feel a little sad to see the Russian athletes come in – you know, all the gray padded coats are not, but there’s no national flag.

Goldman: I know. Though, as I said, they are celebrating. But they have to look at themselves. There is no public expression of affection for their country. No flag waving. There is no public anthem. So – but this is what happened. This is punishment.

Simon: have a good time, Tom. Thank you very much.

Gordan: thank you, Scott.

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