Saturday sports: the Olympics begin.

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Saturday sports: the Olympics begin.

We have the latest Olympics about Korea.

Scott Simon, host:

It’s time for sports.

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

TOM GOLDMAN, cable: do you know how long it will take to get this oil?

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

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

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

Gordon: still cheering. If I listen carefully, I might hear – no. But Lin xiaojun – remember Scott’s name – won South Korea’s first gold medal in the 1,500m short distance race. His victory won him a cheer. It was a close win for Mr. Lin, but he set an Olympic record in the process.

Interestingly, the bronze medal winners are from Russia. Or should we say he is an Olympic athlete from Russia? Of course, Russian athletes are fighting for neutrality over the penalties imposed on the country by its vast doping system. As a result, Russian Olympic athletes won their first disputed Olympic medal. But you can bet that russians who don’t have Olympic athletes know their country is on the boat and they’re happy.

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

Gorman: yes, I do. The first real gold MEDALS in these pyeongchang games were in charlotte, Sweden. She won the women’s cross-country skiing competition. But more important, at least in the record books, Marit Bjoergen won silver and became the first woman to win 11 MEDALS at the winter Olympics – for a long time. She is from Norway. She’s amazing.

Simon: in America tonight – I think a month from morning, for you – the time zone is confusing.

Gorman :(laughs).

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

Gorman: yeah, I just watch, right? Some complain that the Olympic downhill route is not as challenging and fast-paced as downhill. But even if you crash at 70 or 75 miles an hour, it’s still going to get hurt, because American Bry Bennett told me. I think it will be a challenging course. To see the world’s best, bravest men alpine skiing is a pleasure.

Notice Norway’s aggressive vikings, who claim to be a great group of Norwegian skiers, one of the best riders ever, axe lund sven darfur and his fellow citizens, “teenage rudd. Norway has won more Olympic MEDALS than any other country in history. But he has never won an Olympic gold medal in the men’s downhill. So Svindal, Jansrud or one of their teammates could end the drought today.

Simon: I’m a little bit sad to see the Russian athletes coming in – you know, all the grey suits don’t have any, but no flags.

Goldman: I know. Although, as I said, they are celebrating. But they have to look at themselves. There is no public expression of affection for their country. No flags flying. There is no public national anthem. So – but that’s what happened. It’s punishment.

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

Gordon: thanks, Scott.

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