Notwithstanding the blemish of politics, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics offered a thoroughly enjoyable spectacle, holds Sean Ingle of The Guardian. The fact that North and South Koreans came closer than ever in 73 years of tension offers promise that better relations could be on the horizon. Athletic masterclasses, like the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka becoming the first women to ever win two gold medals in different disciplines, were historic. The North Korean cheerleaders were a special sight to behold. Witnessing working-class athletes like Billy Morgan win bronze showed that this is not just an event for the wealthy but for all.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang humbled the historic sports competition with its frustrating mediocrity, suggests Mike Ozanian of Forbes. Allowing Russian athletes to compete under the name of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” was a spineless half-measure to punish the country’s doping practices. It risks setting a bad precedent for future offenders. Local attendance was very poor, with stands and events being left visible empty. NBC didn’t help this situation with dull coverage and a team of uncharismatic commentators. South Korea also went way over budget, almost doubling its original estimate of $7 billion.