So, Why Is There A Korean Guy On Russia's Speed Skating Team?

Russia came away with a bronze medal in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating event today, and you may have noticed that the guy who brought that medal home, Viktor Ahn, doesn't look very, um, Russian. We can explain. » 2/10/14 5:03pm 2/10/14 5:03pm

South Korean Pro Team Cancels WBC Exhibition Against Cuba Because The…

Mildly scandalous behavior continues to plague the run-up to the World Baseball Classic. Yesterday, we had Taiwanese scouts disguising themselves as umpires and infiltrating a South Korean exhibition, and today we have a South Korean pro team refusing to play against the Cuban national team because the Cubans were… » 2/21/13 11:55am 2/21/13 11:55am

Ahead Of The WBC, Taiwan Sends Scouts Posing As Umpires To Spy On…

You might not realize it from the USA's roster, but many countries think the World Baseball Classic is important. One of those is Taiwan, which is expecting big things. After failing to get out of a group of death in the 2009 tournament, they enter this year's WBC ranked fifth in the world—just a spot behind 2009… » 2/20/13 3:25pm 2/20/13 3:25pm

North Korea Wraps Up Its Olympic News Coverage With A Column About…

Olympic dispatches from North Korea's state-run news agency have run dry over the past week-plus, possibly related to the fact that after a gangbuster opening weekend in weightlifting, the DPRK has gone mostly medal-less for the rest of the games. » 8/13/12 3:50pm 8/13/12 3:50pm

South Korean Soccer Player Did Not Receive His Medal Because Of…

Park Jong-soo played all 90 minutes in South Korea's 2-0 win over Japan in Friday's bronze medal game. As he walked off the field he held up the sign you see, which apparently reads "Dokdo is our territory." The reference is to a group of islands between South Korea and Japan in waters (the Sea of Japan, or the East… » 8/12/12 11:20am 8/12/12 11:20am

A Ugandan Hero Is Trapped In London: Foreign Olympics News That Wasn't…

Deadspin and Gelf Magazine bring you the best (or at least the most interesting) foreign-produced journalism about the London Olympics. » 8/01/12 1:45pm 8/01/12 1:45pm

Don't Blame Badminton Players For Throwing Matches. Blame The Sport's…

Four teams of women—two from South Korea, one from China, one from Indonesia—were kicked out of the Olympics after they all attempted to lose their matches in the group stage. It was a farce, bringing boos from the crowd and condemnation from the Olympic and badminton communities. Yet the fault lies not with the teams, … » 8/01/12 11:35am 8/01/12 11:35am

A South Korean Fencer Is Refusing To Leave The Piste After Being…

A timing error in the last second of the bout led to a 20-minute delay and a controversial decision in the women's individual épée semifinal today between South Korean Shin A Lam and German Britta Heidemann, one that has the Korean refusing to leave the piste. » 7/30/12 2:44pm 7/30/12 2:44pm

The Baltimore Orioles Are Not Welcome In Korea

Back in February, the Orioles pissed off an entire baseballing nation with their pursuit of a South Korean high school pitcher. Flaunting Flouting the rules and risking an international incident is probably worth it for a young lefty with great control. Except it didn't go that way. The Korean Baseball Association… » 3/19/12 10:05am 3/19/12 10:05am

The Baltimore Orioles Have Pissed Off Korea

This fresh-faced young man is Kim Seong-Min, who as recently as last month was a regular high school student in South Korea. But he's a lefty pitcher, which automatically makes him one of the most desirable people on Earth, and the Orioles swooped in to cause an international incident and get their organization banned… » 2/16/12 10:40am 2/16/12 10:40am

The Bunt Home Run And The World-Famous Sneaker Company That May Not…

Seoul, Korea, 1982. A Korean baseball player, wearing Didibao shoes, lunges to bunt a ball at least two feet off the outside corner of the plate. He connects, and the ball takes off. Improbably, impossibly, it carries down the left field line, all the way for a home run. "Imagination has become reality," the video says. » 9/08/11 3:10pm 9/08/11 3:10pm