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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Jordan Greenway?

Jordan Greenway made history as the first African American on the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team in 2018.

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“I’m happy I’m the first. I hope I’m the first of many,” Greenway told The Associated Press of the accomplishment. “Hopefully I inspire other kids to want to do the same thing, try something different.”

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Greenway, a Canton, New York, native, told his mother about going to an ice hockey prep school when he was 12. He played three years at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota. In 2015, he was drafted to the NHL Entry Draft and chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the second round, 50th overall pick. 

In the 2017-2018 season, Greenway chose to stay at Boston University, where he was studying psychology, for another year, rather than join the Wild professionally.

Other interesting facts:

  • Younger brother James played ice hockey for the University of Wisconsin and was a 2016 third-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Mother said she would pay for Jordan and his brother to go to prep school, but they had to get scholarships for college
  • Won gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada, where he was named a top three player

Shani Davis rips coin flip to determine US flag bearer at Olympics

Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin carried the flag for the United States at the Parade of Nations during Friday’s opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. 

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Hamlin, the first American female luger to medal at the Olympics, is leading a 244-member group of U.S. athletes, but at least one -- speedskater Shani Davis -- disagreed with the choice.

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Hamlin and Davis tied for the honor of carrying the flag, and a coin flip decided the winner, CBS Sports reported. However, Davis tweeted the process was unfair and that “Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin.” He also used the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018 and said he could wait until 2022 to carry the flag.

Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees to carry the American flag, CBS Sports reported. The voting occurred Wednesday night.

Davis, a four-time Olympic medalist, has won two gold medals and two silvers. He has appeared in five different Winter Olympics.

“It was a pretty big shock,” Hamlin said of her selection, NBC Olympics reported. “But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA.”

Photos: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremonies have been held at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrived in South Korea on Friday, Reuters reported. 

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Kim Yo Jong landed at Incheon International Airport with a group of North Korean officials, including 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, the president of the country’s Parliament and nominal head of state.

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It is the first time any member of the ruling Kim family has visited South Korea, CNN reported.

In an historic meeting during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in 

Pyeongchang, Kim Yo Jong shook hands with South Korea president Moon Jae-in, according to The Associated Press.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, was promoted to North Korea’s Politburo last year. She and her brother were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui, CNN reported.

Scrambled order: Norwegian Olympic chefs order 1,500 eggs, get 15,000 

This sounds like one scrambled situation. Or, more pointedly, Google Translate is not always what it is cracked up to be.

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Chefs for the Norwegian Olympic team ordered 1,500 eggs but wound up with 15,000 instead, The Washington Post reported. The cooks used Google Translate to fill out the ingredient request list, but a translating glitch caused the order to be multiplied tenfold, the Post reported.

Chef Stale Johansen told the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that there was “no end to the delivery” and called the order “absolutely unbelievable,” The Guardian reported.

Every one of Norway’s 109 athletes would have to eat more than seven eggs a day during the Olympics to use up the inflated supply, the Post reported.

The answer for the less than exact number could be South Korea’s complex counting system, where changing one syllable could be the difference between what the Norwegian chefs thought they ordered and what they got, The Guardian reported.

At a news conference, Tore Ovrebo, the head of the Norwegian team, said the whole thing was “no big deal.”

"It was an extra zero on the orders," he said.

Johansen said his team enjoys eating fresh salmon and tacos. Rather than poach all the eggs for themselves, the chef said the 13,500 extras were returned to the grocers, the Post reported.

2018 Winter Olympics: Who are Matt and Becca Hamilton?

Matt and Becca Hamilton competed in the Olympics’ first-ever mixed doubles curling event at the Pyeongchang Games. The brother-sister duo, from McFarland, Wisconsin, used to compete against each other in the sport as teens, but joined together for the 2018 Olympics.

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The two make a good team. They won USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in March 2017.

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Matt Hamilton, 28, was first to get into the sport at age 14. His little sister followed him into curling when she was a teenager.

Other interesting facts:

  • Becca is 17 months younger than Matt
  • Matt makes his own shoes for the ice with purple Jordans
  • Becca grew up playing soccer and lacrosse
  • Matt gives his curling medals and trophies to his parents for helping him at the start of his career

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Maame Biney?

Short track skater Maame Biney started figure skating at age 5 before moving into speed skating at a coach’s suggestion. Her father, Kweku Biney, saw a “learn to skate” sign on the road one day and asked his daughter if she was interested. 

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Born in Accra, Ghana, ice sports were not familiar to a young Maame Biney.

“She didn’t even know what that word (skating) was and I explained it to her. The only thing cold in Ghana is cold beer,” Kweku Biney told the Associated Press in 2017.

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Biney made her Olympic debut in 2018. She gained attention when she won a bronze medal in the 500m at the 2017 World Junior Championships in January. She finished seventh overall.

It was Biney’s win at the 500m races at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for short track skating that drew attention. When she crossed the finish line, she beamed, cheering so hard that she fell. Her post-race interview with her signature smile and laugh made her a viral sensation.

The win, which sent Biney to the 2018 Games, made the 18-year-old the first African-American woman to represent the U.S. in Olympic speed skating. She’s the second African-born U.S. Olympian and the second African-American speed skater on a U.S. Olympics team.

Other interesting facts:

  • Known in high school for being too happy all the time
  • Loves pop music
  • “Titanic” makes her cry every time she watches it.
  • Favorite quote is “Laugh until you can’t laugh anymore.”
  • Wants to become a chemical engineer

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Aja Evans?

Bobsledder Aja Evans has competed in the 2018 and 2014 games. She won a bronze medal in Sochi, her first Olympics.

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Evans was born in Chicago to a family of athletes. Her father, Fred Evans, won a national collegiate title in swimming in 1975, making him the first African American swimmer to do so. Her brother, Fred played eight seasons in the NFL and her uncle, Gary Matthews, and cousin, Gary Matthews Jr., played in MLB.

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Evans began as a track and field athlete and attempted to make the 2008 Olympic team. 

In 2016, she tried again to make the team for the Rio Games, but tore nearly 90 percent of her ACL. When she didn’t make the team, she turned her attention to bobsledding, where she’s found success.

Other interesting facts:

  • Five-time All-American in the shot put at the University of Illinois
  • Won three Big Ten titles while at the University of Illinois
  • Set start record at the 2012 USA Bobsled National Push Championships
  • Posed in ESPN’s Body Issue in 2014

Photos: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - Day 1

Day one of the Winter Olympics includes the first competitions as well as practice for events like speed skating and ski events.

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Elana Meyers Taylor?

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor returned to the Olympics in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She won the silver medal in 2014 and won the bronze medal in 2010. 

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Born in Oceanside, California, Taylor, 33, grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. Ever the athlete, she’s been offered college scholarships for basketball, track and field, softball and soccer.

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Taylor has made news for pledging to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which studies brain trauma in athletes and other groups. Taylor has had four concussions that she knows of, one that caused symptoms of light sensitivity and personality changes. The symptoms have since dissipated.

“Women are largely unrepresented in brain donations. And concussions affect women more than men, so they need to get research out,” Meyers Taylor told USA Today in an interview.

Other interesting facts:

  • Played professional softball before bobsledding
  • Married to bobsledder Nic Taylor, who proposed on the medal podium at the 2013 World Championships, where Taylor won the silver medal
  • Volunteers with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Plans to eventually become CEO of U.S. Olympic Committee
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