First Dutch outdoor speed skating marathon, Haaksbergen tomorrow


This video is about the speed skating women, during the first outdoor marathon race of 2016, in Haaksbergen in the Netherlands.

23-year old Irene Schouten, the Dutch champion on indoor ice, won the race, as it snowed.

Irene Schouten wins in Haaksbergen, ANP photo

Later, the men’s race started.

This year, the first Dutch speed skating marathon will again be on the Haaksbergen rink in Overijssel province. Tomorrow, 28 February 2018.

A few days ago, Ms Schouten won a bronze medal at the speed skating mass start in the Winter Olympics in Korea.

See this 24 February 2018 video.

And this December 2017 one.

Advertisements

Winter Olympics in Korea, music


This 11 February 2018 video shows Kleintje Pils playing at the Winter Olympics in Korea, at the 5,000 meter men speed skating event.

In 2014 at the Sochi, Russia games, they played YMCA.

This 6 February 2018 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The Dutch mopping orchestra called “Kleintje Pils” (Little Beer) is invited to play at the 2018 winter olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. So they rehearse the [Korean] song “Gangnam Style” in Sassenheim, Holland.

Olympic speed skating and Donald Trump


Dutch speed skating fans' on Donald Trump

Today, the speed skating races of the Winter Olympics in Korea started. The Dutch fans on this photo were at the first race: 3000 meter for women.

In that match, all three medals, gold, silver and bronze went to Dutch skaters.

The fans had predicted that well on their banner. The sign jokes about United States President Trump‘s ‘America First policy‘.

Sometimes, sports authorities ban political allusions by spectators. Good that that did not happen with this banner in Korea.

This is a Dutch video with speed skater Carlyn Achtereekte; of 8 February 2018, two days before she became the surprising gold medal winner.

This video is about today, about Ms Achtereekte winning gold, and her two Dutch team mates silver and bronze.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump, Pence Rain on Koreas’ Olympic Unity Parade

9 February 2018

In a show of unity, athletes from North and South Korea marched at the Winter Olympics‘ Opening Ceremony under the same flag. But the Trump administration is doing its best to thwart hopes for peace on the peninsula, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ.

Korea, peaceful Olympics, lethal nuclear weapons


This video from the USA says about itself:

Olympics Begin with Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten N. Korea

9 February 2018

In Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2018 Winter Olympics have opened, with North and South Korean athletes marching together at the opening ceremonies. The games are seen as a pivotal moment for relations between the two countries, who have been officially at war since 1950.

In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister attended today’s opening ceremony and shook hands with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in; the pair are scheduled to have lunch together.

But as the peninsula tries to de-escalate the threat of nuclear war, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned the U.S. is slated to impose another round of sanctions against North Korea.

We speak to Christine Ahn, the founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

NO-ONE should be carried away by the surprise announcement that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are to meet in the next few months, but there is no denying that it is a positive development. Predictably, the US House foreign affairs committee claims that the talks initiative that emerged from contacts between the North Korean leader and South Korean President Moon Jae In shows that sanctions are “starting to work.” If anything, it shows the opposite. Pyongyang has never previously conceded in the face of sanctions. Why should now be different? In reality, what changed has been relationships on the Korean Peninsula where Moon dropped loud-hailer diplomacy in favour of quiet contacts on the basis of equality and mutual respect: here.

KIMMY SKIPS Kim Jong Un hopped over a concrete barrier and into South Korea Friday, becoming the first North Korean leader ever to cross the heavily fortified DMZ. He was greeted with a warm handshake from South Korean President Moon Jae-in — the pair later announcing the common goal of the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula and a formal end to the Korean War. [HuffPost]

History of the Olympic games


This video says about itself:

History of the Olympics | National Geographic

9 February 2018

Once every two years, the top athletes in the world vie for the coveted Olympic gold medal. Prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics by learning where this age-old competition began, what it has to do with Zeus, and how it inspired truce in times of war.

Winter Olympics starting in South Korea and squirrels


Olympic squirrel, photo by Geert Weggen/WENN

In less than an hour’s time, the Winter Olympics in South Korea will have their official opening ceremony. There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for the numbers 1, 2 and 3 in various matches. No, no pine cones, like for this squirrel.

This squirrel photo and other Olympic squirrel photos are by Swedish photographer Geert Weggen, who put toy skis, toy bobsleds etc. in the snow outside his window and waited till the red squirrels came to play with them.

Meanwhile, before the official opening, sports people have already been active in Korea. The Norwegian curling team unexpectedly beat the Canadian favourites. In the ski jumping qualifications, German and Polish participants did best. Happiness for South Korean spectators as one of their two competitors qualified for the final round, and sadness because the other Korean did not.

Finally, happiness for South Koreans as their curling team beat the USA 9 to 1.

North, South Korean Olympics agreement hinders Trump’s warmongering


This video from the USA says about itself:

Korean Olympic Unity Gives US War Plans a ‘Bloody Nose’

19 January 2018

North and South Korea will march together at the upcoming Winter Olympics, raising hopes of de-escalation. This, amid talk of a new U.S. strategy dubbed “Bloody Nose” and a U.S.-led summit promoting other aggressive steps. Christine Ahn, who organized a counter-summit of women peace activists, explains.

Under the cover of the pre-Winter Olympics thaw between North and South Korea and the momentary lull in the “fire and fury” rhetoric from the Trump White House, there are growing signs that the Pentagon and the CIA are pressing ahead with preparations for a preemptive war against North Korea, including the use of nuclear weapons: here.

The Trump administration, or a powerful military-intelligence faction within it, is pushing for a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea, in the wake of, or possibly even during, the Winter Olympics due to start in South Korea on Friday: here.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE VOWS TOUGHEST ECONOMIC SANCTIONS EVER FOR NORTH KOREA Ahead of this year’s Winter Olympics. [Reuters]

US President Donald Trump yesterday exploited a joint press conference at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to once again menace North Korea with crippling economic sanctions and a military onslaught. Trump’s comments come as the Winter Olympics in South Korea are about to close and the US and South Korea prepare for massive joint war games in April: here.

Photos of squirrels preparing for the Winter Olympics: here.